Twenty & Six Espresso
594 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne, VIC 3051
03 9329 0298
I don’t normally publish coffee posts back-to-back, but let me make an exception here. Willem’s my secret informant when it comes to new places around North Melbourne and Carlton. He eats there very early on and then tells me if he thinks it’s worth visiting. I got very excited with Twenty and Six because he tells me they use Proud Mary beans. Proud Mary coffees so near where I work? That’s perfect!!
Fakegf and I asked boss to cover us while we eagerly scuttled out for an early lunch. Twenty and Six is a mere 5 mins drive from work, but food blogging can be such a photography assignment sometimes that I feel a lot has to be accomplished within an hour. Any extra minutes we have on hand makes a world of difference.
Trust fakegf and I to order our usual skinny magic / piccolo combo these days. It won’t be long before she moves on to skinny piccolos. Fakegf liked how fresh her magic tasted, but tells me she prefers blends with more punch and less citrus.
Beans here comes from Proud Mary’s ‘Angel Wings’ (Costa Rica / El Salvador / Guatemala) house blend. This was the first time I really could taste most of the hints and notes as it was written up on the board: “orange acidity, floral upfront, very complex mix of hazelnut, plum and cocoa”. The citrus and flowers were very detectable in my piccolo. Wonderfully refreshing, and I could taste nuts and chocolate at the end of my sip. Simply beautiful.
As mentioned in my previous post, Proud Mary beans have the tendency to taste astringent. I think it takes real skill balancing ‘citrusy-type beans’ in coffees as it can taste sour if made badly. They were good here in my piccolo, smooth yet zesty. I’d even venture to say that they make ‘Angel Wings’ piccolos here better than at (mothership) Proud Mary.
This brunch simply had all the ticks happening. What a pleasurable one hour (and a bit) work lunch! We zipped back into work with such an ebullient mood… thats what a perfect brunch with good coffees does to you!
Three things I know I’ll be doing as a result of this visit:
First, I’m more than happy to come back.
Second, I’ll be buying Proud Mary coffee beans from here, they sell it!
And lastly, I now want to visit Brasserie Bread in South Melbourne!