2 weeks ago I was invited along with other amazing bloggers to a food and coffee pairing session at The village cafe in Balwyn. I purposely did not have coffee that day as I knew that after this I would be buzzing and I sure was! I think that I was hyper for a day or 2 and then just crashed haha.. Coffee can do that to people.
I had never been to a cafe in Balwyn and was greeted by Sam who was the owner of The village cafe. He explained to us all that he is constantly changing to find what is best for the customers and what draws people in. Before him the cafe was mostly take away and did not encourage for parents and children even though it was right near a school. When Sam took over he saw a great opportunity and took it, taking The village cafe from strength to strength and where everyone is welcome.
Our first pairing was a short black made with Di bella beans with a citrus tart. Moshi Tawil was the guest speaker of the night and explained the notes of the coffee and how they change with what we eat and also how long we let it sit (temperature) The crema was perfectly golden and there was notes of citrus. As the shot cooled down i could taste a strong blackcurrant taste which was pleasantly surprising! Paired with the citrus tart it gave the coffee a nice sweet edge.
Our next pairing was a chocolate lava cake with a macchiato. The chocolate lava cake was very rich and very delicious, I could not get through it all! The lava cake was more like a brownie as it had walnuts through it which I think stopped my lava from flowing. However the taste with the coffee was nice and rich and definitely woke me up!
Last but not least we paired a latte with a sweet kenaffe cake, which is a traditional Lebanese sweet normally served for breakfast and tastes in between a cheesecake and a vanilla slice. It was light and fluffy and I could of had another serve, it was that good. With the latte it made for a good mid morning or afternoon treat.
I had such a great time and loved listening to Sams stories and Moshis’ and learning about Di Bella and crop to cup. It is a great big circle of where farmers, buyers, manufacturers and cafe owners are well looked after. Like one big happy family. If you are ever in the are you must check out The village cafe and try their delicious food and coffee!
I give my night and The village cafe in Balwyn a loving 8/10!
I’ve Bean To Melbourne xx