Coffee Rituals: Dear Maria

Thank you for having me at the shop the other day. I’m slowly getting to know the team a little better and this is making my experience more special with each visit. I had my usual cappuccino, however, the first cup wasn’t as per usual but still as delicious. For my second cup, I then explained how I’d like it and the barista just nailed it. I find that it’s important to get to know the people on the other side of the counter, this helps create a long-lasting relationship and helps with receiving the coffee you as an individual enjoy.

You know Maria, I really love your house blend; Burundi (30%), Columbia (40%) and Guatemala (30%), you really have a winner there. I love the chocolate and the fruity sweetness that comes through with each sip. Personally, I’ve always enjoyed sitting down to have my coffee, I find that the ceramic cup doesn’t interfere with the taste notes and natural smell of the coffee. This also just helps me slow down if I have been having a hectic day. I have a personal philosophy that coffee should not be rushed and having a sit-down cup helps you slow down and regroup. I’m pretty sure you may also feel the same way.

Maria, I’d really like you to meet a friend of mine, we intend on having a work meeting at the shop. This will even be a great opportunity to eventually try one of your sandwiches and perhaps even the cake. Something I have also shared with them is that some of the best coffee shops are hidden in a way; your coffee shop bares testament to that. Especially with its typical European coffee shop influenced style. Some features I love are the big windows that bring in loads of light, the counter finishing, and the small outside sitting area. I am so thankful that Jacques introduced me to the shop long before it had even opened, he may be in Australia, but I’m thankful that he introduced me to this gem of a shop that sits in the heart of Bedfordview.

See you soon Maria.



Writer & Photographer: Tshego Mmahlatji