My quest to find a good coffee continues and this time around, i visit the not so secret "Sensory Lab" which is at the back of David Jones (the Men's side), or alternatively you can enter from Lt Collins St. As the name suggests, the place tries to act as a lab just for the nose; with staff wearing lab coats and lab equipment used for water and sugar containers. Come often enough and order the same thing, i noticed the staff do remember your face and know your preferred drink too.
Apart from the usual fare of latte, flat white and cappuccino, they also serve a more interesting range of coffee that uses different methods like the syphon filter (picture below) and a cold drip which apparently takes 3-4 hours to make!
On this occasion, i had the syphon filter coffee, the blend this time around was La Candelilla, a blend that i had before at Market Lane. True to its description, its amazing how you let your tongue work out the acidic notes of orange.
True to what the words say, the texture of the coffee is tea-like. As you let it cool down, with any coffee to be honest, it allows you to taste the flavours and not serve the purpose of having a hot drink and scalding your tongue. This particular drink so, the knowledgeable staff do warn you to let it cool down before you drink. Slightly more expensive at AUD 5.50 for a cup compared to the usual fare that are AUD 3.50.
Address and contact details:
297 Little Collins St
Tel: (03) 9643 2222
Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Another favourite place for a quick coffee in town.