It was an interesting turn of events that led to my visit to Vivo Coffee in New Farm this morning. Recently I gave an honest by fairly critical review of a café serving a Vivo Coffee blend. As a result of that review, Vivo contacted me to advise that they would be providing some training to the staff at that café; and they also kindly invited me to visit their showroom to see what they have to offer. Vivo is located in a café-dense section of James St so there’s certainly plenty of healthy competition there (they roast in Bowen Hills). It’s actually a pleasant setting in a really great neighbourhood. Inside, the theme is fresh looking and appealing. There’s a large selection of smaller espresso machines and equipment suitable for home and small businesses. This appears to me to be the target market for Vivo… We grabbed a seat outside and enjoyed the nice outlook. There were a couple of small groups also there around the same time and the overall vibe was nice and relaxed. There was just one person working the Saturday shift – a lovely lady named Bella (nice name!). She was delightfully friendly and happy to discuss all things Vivo in great detail. My wife and I were both very happy with the wonderful service we experienced. There are a couple of blends on offer. We didn’t bother with the milder blend, instead opting for the bolder Verona blend. I took a double shot latte, and Bella kindly filled it to about 3/4 so that it was about the right strength. Both our coffees were very well made and I was really pleased with the milk work in particular – spot on. This batch of beans had only been roasted a couple of days prior so it was probably a bit early in the cycle to get the best of it. I got quite a nutty flavour; it was certainly quite tasty, but it wasn’t particularly refined. It had a certain roughness to it that seemed quite old-school, particularly the after-taste. It was an interesting coffee, but probably not the type I would see myself drinking on a regular basis when there are an increasing number of boutique coffees available with far superior complexity and refinement. I’d like to thank the folks at Vivo for their kind hospitality, and I wish them continued success.
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