Always a pleasure visiting Mark Knapp at the Aucuba.
This South Melbourne café takes its name from a wise yet tired man who stumbled upon Kaldi and his dancing goats. He too ate those revitalising red cherries, and brought them back to his monastery to keep people awake during prayer. Much like Aucuba of the ancient world, modern day Aucuba has its own elements of richness. Located in what was once a bank, Aucuba is the perfect fusion of history and modernity. Marks eye for detail is revealed in the fit out, which he designed with his wife Kim. I never get sick of the pineapple wallpaper behind the brew bar, which pay homage to the fact that the pineapple was once a symbol of hospitality.
Great to see Mark in his element, brewing a Colombian Gesha via the Syphon. It’s such a theatrical method of brewing coffee, and very much a lure for those of us who can appreciate the science and art of coffee.
This special Gesha from Monte Verde offers a complex cup with delightful floral aromatics, and hints of bergamot.
Find Aucuba Coffee Roasters at:
108 Bank Street