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    Out and about this morning I spotted a new cafe where an old car airconditioning workshop used to be a few blocks from home.
    I hadnt noticed it before so assumed it was new.
    A few upside down tables seemed starnge considering there appeared to be peopled seated nearby and drinking.

    A while later when I had to go out again I decided to give it a go before attending to my errand.

    I popped in and asked if they were open.
    "Unfortunately no" they replied.
    They open in two weeks time the niv=ce lady told me.
    She asked me to wait and called a bloke, I assume hes the owner.
    We had a quick chat. I asked about his coffee. Told him I roasted my own. He asked if it was a commercial venture and I said no, just for myself and friends.
    He wanted to know if I was a local, which I affirmed.

    Then the lady pushed him to make me a coffee. He warned me that he was still dialling in the grinder and that "the guy" would be back tomorrow.
    I couldnt tell what the grinder was from where I was standung but the machine is a 3 group Wega.

    I accepted for him to make me an espresso so that I could properly judge the coffee rather than my usual flat white.

    The pour ran like a river in flood. I got a lot of blonde in my cup. Of course it was bitter.
    He then made himself one and also pronounced it bitter. :

    I told him he needed to grind a lot finer.
    I dont know what his experience is.
    I promised to go back when they open in 2 weeks as by that time he should have sorted out his grind and tuned the machine.

    When I said I hadnt heard of Map coffee before they told me it was imported from Italy and well known in Melbourne.

    What I want to know from Melbourne CSers is have you heard of it and what have you heard?

  • #2
    Re: Map coffee?

    Ive seen it around at a couple places in Melbourne.  Its not anywhere near as widespread as some of the other brands, which are locally roasted.


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    • #3
      Re: Map coffee?

      I had a crap map coffee some time ago in Prahran - but the place that served it no longer exists - which says a lot about the coffee (and not the brand) that they served

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      • #4
        Re: Map coffee?

        The cafe I volunteer in used to use MAP coffee and they changed it to Griffith and according to the owner, the Griffith one was heaps better than the MAP one they used to get. Ive only tried the Griffith one once and after that I bring my own beans whenever I want to make myself a coffee (sound like a true snob, dont I?).

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        • #5
          Re: Map coffee?

          Well this place has a strange location.

          There are only two or three nearby shops.
          I think theres a chemist (or used to be), a greengrocer and a vet.

          Its a busy intersection so it has high visibility but he only has onsite parking for less than a dozen cars so Im not sure where hes hoping to attract customers from.

          Maybe the mechanic behind him drinks a lot of coffee.

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          • #6
            Re: Map coffee?

            Its rubbish....simple as that...

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            • #7
              Re: Map coffee?

              Originally posted by Talk_Coffee link=1208678291/0#5 date=1208690332
              Its rubbish....simple as that...
              Well we cant accuse you of beating around the bush Chris. ;D

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              • #8
                Re: Map coffee?

                I never have and never will drink imported roasted coffee....unless its instant and Im desperate for a hit....hahaha...which I have only done once in the last 3 years.

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                • #9
                  Re: Map coffee?

                  Yup, quite a few places in Melb serve Map Coffee, none of any repute anyway.

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