Take a Vacation from the usual grind

Single origin filter: Guatemala Waykan
Single origin espresso: Colombia Gran Galope El Tambo


December is always a rush to the finish line. There’s always around 30 Christmas parties you need to attend, all your work demands have a cutoff time, and in between it all you’re needing to find and buy thoughtful gifts for family and friends. Then Christmas comes around, you stuff yourself silly, and laze about killing the time between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve. 

Then, come January, the fun begins. The sun turns up, the chill-out is on full, and you live in the same get-up everyday, while sipping on coconuts. This is the essence of vacation time; the magic of warm sun, good food, and the forgetfulness of daily life in the grind. 

This is the magic of Vacation. A small cafe that delivers big on holiday good times. Coffee is on point, curated and self-roasted at the exclusive Bureaux Collective. Food is superbly simple, reminding you that the simple things in life make you happiest. And the sun, oh the sun! Vacation have managed a way to capture the Earth’s light source and direct it right into their beautiful storefront on Flinders St in Melbourne. It has a way of transporting you to a warmer place instantly, even in Melbourne’s famously erratic weather. 

Owners are brothers Kael and Matt Sahely, plus Jimmy Tjoeng and Julian Bedford. Vacation is on the ground floor of a historic building on the corner of Flinders and Exhibition Streets delivering this holiday experience 7 days a week. And we have to say, it's damn impressive. 

“A lot of these smaller places in the city have low, dark ceilings, they’re all at the base of buildings, so generally the ceiling height is no more than three metres,” Julian says. “We have eight metres and it’s almost always sunny – it’s a nice feeling.” An oasis in the heart of the city.

“The idea of Vacation is just a bit of fun,” says Kael, while passing over their signature cold brew grapefruit beverage. “We play with flavours, and really just want to show you that good coffee can really be an instant vacation on its own”. 

The guys didn’t hold back on the flavours and experience for these beans you’re tasting today either. These flavours will have you back on holidays eating fruit from trees in between fresh ocean swims. For the Guatemalan Waykan filter, we’re getting big pineapple blasts with little blueberries on top: the perfect summer dessert. The Vacation single origin espresso also delivers on the fruits, sticky with cherries and plums that continue the fruit party from morning till night. Close your eyes, go to your happy place. 

By the time you’re reading this, your vacation may already be over: you’re back on the emails, checking the gram and thinking about your next long-weekend break. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Remember the spirit of vacation time: warm sun, good food, and the forgetfulness of the everyday. 

Book yourself a vacation and head down to see the boys:
1 Exhibition St, Melbourne, 3000

Or get the holiday inspo on Instagram @its.a.vacation.



The gift that keeps on giving…

Five Senses Coffee

Kindred Harvest (3tt Exclusive)
San Lorenzo

When you think of the festive season, giving often comes to mind - whether it be gifts, spending time with loved ones, or sharing a meal (or in our case, sharing a brew!) This month, Five Senses have taken the notion of giving to the next level: not only giving us a world coffee exclusive, but also giving away a $15,000 Synesso espresso machine!

Let’s start with this month’s delicious coffees. “Knowing how passionate the 3tt community is about their coffee, we wanted to create something unique and so looked to our fresh crop arrivals,” says Ben Bicknell, Five Senses’ Strategic Projects Manager.

Created as a world exclusive only for 3tt members, the Kindred Harvest pairs direct trade, fresh crop Veer Attikan (India) with Vista Al Bosque (Guatemala). Despite being located on opposite sides of the world, these producers share common, ‘kindred’ harvest times. The result makes perfect sense in the cup: the Veer Attikan brings depth and a soft spiced, chocolatey flavour, while the Vista Al Bosque is smooth with a peachy apricot brightness; tasting exquisite both in milk and black - or even as an espresso tonic!

If you’re brewing the Kindred Harvest on a commercial espresso machine, try a 21g dose, 94.5°C temperature and 43g yield over 28sec.

With fresh crop Guatemalan coffees arriving at their roastery, Five Senses were excited to celebrate another producer from this region for this month’s filter offering. Being long-term fans of his farm Santa Isabel, Five Senses are featuring coffee from Wicho Valdez’s other farm, San Lorenzo. Simply stunning, this filter showcases notes of caramelized peach, a slightly syrupy body and hints of lavender to finish.

At this time of year when travel is often on the cards, we’re big fans of the portability of an AeroPress: use 13g of the San Lorenzo, add 200g of filtered water just off the boil, stir for 10sec, cap and let steep for 2min before pressing over 15sec.
But it’s not only great coffee that Five Senses have on offer - they’re also giving away an incredible Synesso MVP Hydra, valued at over $15,000! This custom-built beauty is a single group version of the commercial beast gracing leading cafes across the globe. Every time you buy anything from the Five Senses webshop (or refer a friend), your name goes into the draw to win!*

Head to: fivesenses.com.au

Whether it’s coffee, home brewing gear or just some espresso machine cleaner, the Five Senses webshop has everything you need, along with great stocking fillers. We personally have our eye on the ‘Wayfarer Travel Kit’ (a portable coffee set in a custom travel brew bag), and their Baratza ‘Sette’ grinders: a must-have for any home barista.

So from Ben, the Five Senses team and all of us here at 3tt, we hope you enjoy our season of giving - and wish you a very happy, caffeine-filled Christmas.

Synesso Giveaway: fivesenses.com.au

Instagram: @5sensescoffee

*Entries close 10am, 22/12/17 (AEST)

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A Coffee Journey of Cinematic Proportions

Zest Specialty Coffee Roasters

Bahia blend (Espresso)
Ethiopian Guji Uraga (Filter)

In the specialty coffee world, it’s a rare treat to find a roastery that truly combines coffee with art. And in Zest’s case, they achieve just that. When we first featured them back in 2016, we were blown away by their creativity, with Rob McDonald (Zest’s Creative Director and jazz vibraphonist) drawing upon his musical experience to further understand the art of coffee. 

This time around, Zest have taken our breath away yet again, offering 3tt members not only two stunning coffees, but also a cinematic coffee journey through Papua New Guinea.

Let’s start with the latter. Zest recently completed Project Raggiana - a fermentation experiment designed to uncover the potential outstanding flavour in the untamed coffee-growing region of PNG’s Highlands. Documented in a stunning, cinematic short film, produced with help of The View From Here, Zest has captured the excitement and potential of this wild origin, while giving a small insight into the vast journey of each micro-lot coffee they produce. The story and its people are both beautiful and compelling - check it out here:


In addition to a vibrant journey through PNG, Zest also have two ripper coffees on offer. For the espresso lovers, we have their award-winning Bahia blend, comprising of two natural process coffees: the Brazilian Esmeralda and the Ethiopian Suke Quto. 

With notes of cookie dough and Neapolitan ice cream in milk, as well as stewed, yellow stone fruit, citrus and berry as an espresso/long black, the Bahia exemplifies the natural process and produces a rich, flavoursome coffee.   

Zest recommends using 21.5g of coffee in a VST 20g basket and extracting 41g (white) or 44g (black) of espresso in 32-34 sec at 94°C (3sec of pre-infusion also adds further sweetness in milk).

For the filter fans, Zest are featuring the Guji Uraga. Renowned for producing some of the world’s most complex and layered flavour experiences, this coffee is wonderfully sweet with notes of lemonade icy pole, white peach, jasmine blossom and a boozy star anise finish. 

For a cracking V60, Zest recommends 13g of coffee to 220g of water at 96°C, with a total brew time of 2min 20sec, staggered into three parts: 0sec = 50g of water and a light stir for the bloom, 30sec = 50g of water, 1min = 120g of water.

In addition to a breathtaking film and delicious coffees, Zest have also expanded to Sydney. Lead by roaster extraordinaire Darren Stinson and boasting a famed vintage UG15 Probat, it’s an extension of Zest’s larger Melbourne operation, but with its own distinct qualities.

With public cupping and training sessions on the horizon for both Sydney and Melbourne, you can check them out at:

42 Buckley Street, Marrickville NSW 2204
49-51 Enterprise Avenue, Berwick VIC 3806

Needless to say, when it comes to Zest, you’re guaranteed not only ridiculously good coffee, but also a creative approach that seamlessly combines art with their passion for the bean.

Check out Zest’s Instagram: @zest_coffee
Zest Sydney: @zest_coffeesydney

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