Monday, July 23, 2012

Reverence Specialty Coffee & Tea


Ascot Vale is a very cool little suburb with a little bit of everything - and by everything, I mean everything from Yemeni or Somali food, a hardcore organic bakery (vegan sourdough donut, anyone?), a gangster past and a Hollywood "Walk of Fame" of famous racehorses, complete with horseshoes instead of handprints.  Now we can add specialty coffee house to that list.


Reverence has been open since the start of the year and does carefully made, just delicious food along with a raft of specialty coffee choices.

Latte, $3.80

This latte was unreal, silky, balanced and made even more gorgeous with unrefined sugar.  This blend was a Cup of Excellence contender from Guatemala.  The Cup of Excellence is an awards system that many serious cafes are sourcing coffee through.  Producers can enter their beans in a competition which is very thorough and audited by a third party.  They are then auctioned live on the internet direct to coffee roasters and can command very high prices according to their quality and the subsequent demand.  It's argued that this system is more fair than Fair Trade certification, as capital-F-and-T Fair Trade is a business and a sort of middleman who still set the price for producers, even if it's higher than standard trade, rather than letting the (high) quality dictate the price.

Tart, $12

This tart was sublime - melt-in-the-mouth goats cheese with buttery leeks and tender pumpkin in perfect short crust.  Every bite had a tantalising tiny buzz of my favourite spice, whole fennel seeds.  I tried to do a bit of a fanfic effort and make this it home, but it didn't come close.

Roast chicken sandwich, $11.00

Move over, smashed avocado, you overexposed starlet of the brunch scene.  Mushy peas are where it's at!  This inspired sandwich comprised roasted free range chook, just-cooked, mashed green peas and stuffing, which was more like a crispy crumble of golden breadcrumbs, like mini croutons.  So good.

Aeropress, $5

Reverence are so serious about coffee, they roast their own single origins in store.  They're also known for tea and have three separate urns with water kept at three precise temperatures.  This fabulous cup was made using the Aeropress, which is like a very fancy plunger.  Water and ground coffee are added to a tall tube, before another, slimmer tube is inserted and gently pressed to extract an extremely smooth brew.  I can't recall where this blend was from but it was remarkable for having no bitter aftertaste at all - like drinking coffee juice rather than assertive espresso.

If you haven't tried alternative brewing methods like filter or cold drip, do give them a shot.  Reverence is an excellent place to start that journey.

Reverence Specialty Coffee & Tea on Urbanspoon

Reverence (Facebook)
155 Union Road, Ascot Vale
Mon-Fri 7.30am-4pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm

In response to a request, I used to put accessibility info on posts, but it's enough of a battle to remember to write down the opening hours let alone make sure I've considered steps, bathrooms and counter height.  Actually, sometimes it's enough of a battle to get out of the house at all!  Luckily Maribyrnong Council have done a very comprehensive job in putting together a Cafe Access Guide of cafes in the area that have all accessibility bases covered.  Check it out here.

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  1. Sugar in your latte??!! Tsk Tsk! Meanwhile I'm always up for a chicken sanga!! I say it again, the minute I move away from something, it all starts happening.

    1. Yes... no sugar in my short black, sugar in my lattes! Well, I think M's MaMa is going to happen next. Have you seen the graffiti on the boarded-up shop in Barkly Street that says MaMa 2012? Watching it with great interest!

  2. hey I think it was opened late last year not at the start of this year.

  3. It opened in January, and what a relief they did!

  4. Admittedly, I load up my coffees with way too much sugar at times! I love it. Goats cheese tart - aw yeah!

  5. A-ha, learned about this place from a friend who lives in the area, and now you! Trusted sources, so I suppose I should give this a go. We are finally back from wedding/honeymoon madness and should hopefully be in our new place in 2-3 weeks. Would love to catch up if you're free :)

    1. That would be wonderful! I saw the pics, oh my gosh, what a magical day. Send me a message when you're safely ensconced and let's go try something in your new hood. :)

  6. As a Moonee Valley Councillor, and one with a small business background, I am intensely proud of the cares and restaurants within our municipality

    There is no need to cross the Yarra if you want world class, locally


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