Seasonal Blend (Espresso)
Carlos Ferrey (Filter)
Nestled down a side street in Malmsbury opposite the historic Botanic Gardens is one of Australia’s best kept coffee secrets. This month, we’re taking 3tt members out of the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s inner-city, to a roastery which brings together coffee, classic bikes and country charm. Located in a small bluestone village in the Macedon Ranges, Motobean is the brainchild of Lachlan Evans, Founder and Creative Director of Coffee.
It’s an all-year-round kind of space: with decks overlooking the sweeping gardens, perfect for a cold brew on a hot summer’s day, while in winter the stacked stone fireplaces make for a cosy spot to enjoy a long black. Classic motorcycles dot the cafe space, paying homage to the motorcycle crews and car clubs that cruise the old Calder Highway. Their food offering is fresh and modern, featuring Melbourne-inspired breakfast and lunch menus, boasting quality produce sourced locally and from their own kitchen garden.
“Motobean began as a romantic idea to start a small roastery and cafe in rural Malmsbury,” says Lachy. “When we started, our roaster was in the middle of the cafe, roasting just for ourselves. But it didn’t take long for word to get out about our coffee, and we grew faster than we could have imagined. We now dedicate one third of our building to our coffee production.”
“Coffee needs to be delicious, but also practical. Our roastery is far from a sterile laboratory and more like a hands-on workshop, where flavour and production come together. Just as a motorcycle is built from the ground-up, roasting specialty coffee is also a very hands-on process.”
For this month’s espresso lovers, we have Motobean’s ‘Seasonal Blend’. With a strong focus on overall sweetness, it’s comprised of three micro-lots: Guatemala ‘Jose Poaquil Microlot’, El Salvador ‘El Cerro Microlot’ and a pulped natural lot from Brazil’s ‘Verventes Farm’. The overall result is a velvety, full-bodied coffee that is exceptionally consistent, with notes of caramel, sticky toffee and wild berries.
If brewed on a commercial espresso machine, Lachy recommends a 21g dose, 50ml yield over 28 seconds.
For the filter fans, we have the stunning ‘Carlos Ferrey’ microlot. Carlos runs the ‘El Recreo’ farm, situated 187km from Jinotega in Nicaragua. This particular natural processed microlot is testament to Carlos’ hard work, featuring flavours of jelly bean sweetness, tropical fruits and toffee.
It’s no surprise that Motobean is quickly creating a cult coffee following both locally and internationally. In the near future, they’re focusing on producing more amazing coffees via direct-trade relationships and travels to origin. They’re also planning to create a physical presence in Melbourne in late 2018: watch this space.
With stunning views, delicious food and of course incredible coffee, there’s never been a better reason to leave the hustle of the city for some wholesome, caffeinated time in the country.
Visit the Motobean roastery & cafe: 50 Clowes St, Malmsbury VIC 3446
Check out their website: Motobean.com.au