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I heard the head roaster from L'arbre speaking at an industry conference and thought I had better check out their cafe to understand more (especially as his talk was in french and I'm still learning). So the cafe in Rue du Nil is more of a boutique for the roaster than a true cafe. They do have an espresso machine (single group La Mazzoca I think, but it had all of its panels off when I was there so hard to tell). They do knock out a very good espresso and a very good flat white. They aslo sell there own beans ($10 for 250grams for the middle level coffees, more for the Grand Crus). The ethipian I brought home for pour overs has proved excellent indeed. .Strangely the beans were of varying roast levels, but when you looked closely there were actually two levels of roast rather than a range, In chatting to them they explained that for some green coffees they find that mixing two different batches roasted at different levels they can bring out different flavour notes and create a more interesting coffee and less two dimensional. Although there was a lot of less than perfect english and pretty bad french (mine) going into that conversation so we might have been talking about the weather and I just thought we were talking about flavour notes and dual roasting profiles. If you are looking for some good food and are put off by a roasters showcase boutique, fear not as Rue du Nil is a little food street where Frenchie has a restaurant, a cave and a takeaway location and there is a serious food purveyor there who has three shops (fish, meat, veggies). And afterwards (or before) you can always do a taste comparison with an aussie cafe around the corner (Lockwood).
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