I am always on the lookout for my next cafe destination. I am falling hard for the Melbourne coffee and cafe culture and I mean to take it seriously. Some days I will just pop in at a neighborhood place and will be prepared to be surprised by it. Other days, I will do my research and choose my next spot carefully. In a city absolutely brimming with cafes, with a dozen on every street, I want to mark the ones that are unique in what they are doing and have their own spin on this presiding coffee culture.
Gold Drops Coffee and Tea is one such place that I discovered online and was intrigued by the name and their philosophy behind it. Its a new addition to the inner city’s coffee map. Its tucked away neatly on the Little Collins Street. A narrow little place inspired by the European espresso bar culture.
I loved how they approach their process and focus simply on just two things: tea and coffee. The interior is simple and elegant, monochromatic with timber finish, mirror walls, marble bar top and counter stools. Its neat and pretty, without being distracting and lets you focus on their delicious and aromatic brews. The space is pretty narrow and limited, but that is exactly how it encourages interaction between their friendly baristas and the customers which are mostly their regulars. I noticed a very comfortable engagement between the staff and the coffee-drinkers, which really fulfills my idea of heading up to your local coffee shop for a little break.
The thing that sets Gold Drops apart is their naturally processed coffee. Coffee beans come from fruit. Naturally processed coffee means that the beans have been sun dried inside the fruit, rather than taking the fruit away and drying it through an automated process. Through the natural way, the beans draw in the sweetness and flavor of the fruit, which results in the coffee having lots more flavor and fruity undertones. I tried their El Salvador coffee from Mauricio Escalon farm and noticed this flavorful punch. The aroma of natural coffee was truly beautiful as well. I was in coffee heaven, surrounded by a few cups and their barista telling me all about the natural process of their delicious coffee beans.
They also brewed a couple of their hand-picked teas for me. I was so inspired by the process, the tea leaves, the natural pigmented colors and their subtle flavor and smell. I tried their Lemongrass, Hibiscus, Ginger (the red one) and Oolong (the green one) teas and i found Lemongrass one to be my absolute favorite with its gorgeous taste and color.
Gold Drops didn’t disappoint and held up to its name with its natural elixir of gorgeous coffees and teas. It was the simple things done absolutely right.
Thank you Ari and the team for having me over. (you can follow them on instagram over here)
183 Little Collins St, Melbourne