Two weeks without a decent coffee can offer a specialty fanatic a new perspective on...who am I kidding - it's driven me absolutely mental. So, fresh from a fortnight of low expectation, Montpellier's Café Bun was my first port of call in Frances fastest growing city, with a view to ditch the dark roasts and lift the spirits.
The first thing to notice is the Giesen standing proud at the back - everything is roasted on site. The place seems popular - probably befitting of a bigger premises. Nevertheless, this offers hope to those urging the 3rd wave movement on in France. Espresso and Aeropress on the menu here, though seem to be selling Chemex and Perculator equip off the shelf. I spot a 2gr GB5, VA Mythos One as their go-to, a couple of Mazzers (Super Jolly + Luigi?) and a K30 (in the middle of a clean), though unfortunately only one coffee was on offer - I was later told that it's usually two.
Down to business: they are running their Sitio Colorado. This is a natural Mundo Novo from a Minas Gerais micro-lot in Brazil. I start with a Latte (made with Grandlait - fresh), served a tad hot for my liking, but good texture and gave me milk choc/peanut. My partner orders a latte with OAT MILK WTF? Made by Swedish company Oatly, no curdling here, creamier, sweeter and better in highlighting the flavours of the coffee than any Almond milk I've ever tried. I'm impressed. Maybe Bonsoy has finally met its match? I try the Sitio Colorado as an espresso - toffee/vanilla aromas, medium-full body, velvety, starts with subtle grapefruit sweetness moving to fresh walnut and sweet almond choc finish. Delicious. Nice range of teas on offer - partner finishes with a loose-leaf chai as a dairy latte (gone before I could steal some), but it got her seal of approval.
Small menu + a few cakes and premade muesli cups in the fridge, but didn't have time to try. Take away coffee available, beans available in 250g bags (saw another Brazilian, a Nicaraguan and a Colombian - wish I could try there and then). All reasonably priced, chilled atmosphere and lots to like. This review will show 8/10, but it's closer to a 9. Had to leave Montpellier early but will be back in near future, with Bun most likely being my first stop.