Market Lane in Prahran and my first experience with clover

Market Lane
Shop 13 Prahran Market
163 Commercial Road
South Yarra VIC 3141
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Coffee to me is something that I need when half a eye is opened to a new day. It never really meant anything more than a stimulant. But after I started this food blog and being exposed to new things and friends, I am beginning to appreciate the humble coffee bean. I am still no expert and there is so much to read, learn and drink!

I like the fitout at Market Lane. It has a very spacious set up and one could smell the aromatic coffee beans in the air. This place only serves a small selection of pastries, cakes and bread and home-made jam. So do not expect any other foods and not for anyone that has a big appetite and looking for a decent meal. It is all about the coffee here.

Coffee lesson

Coffee lesson

Coffee is definitely the star at this place and it was there and then I decided to try my first ever clover. The bean used is La Pira (Costa Rica Cup of Excellence number 11). To me and please do correct me if I am wrong, clover is like a type of drip coffee except the water and the temperature is strictly moderated by a machine that costs a small fortune. It is an impressive looking machine and the owner, Fleur has offered to show me the process the next I was in.

Fleur on clover machine

Fleur on clover machine

The clover was served with in a coffee pot with a cork on top, a nice white cup and a coffee card that gives us an overview of the bean, where the origin is and a description of the flavour. It was love at first sip. Very clean on the palate. And I could really taste the sweetness and a slight zing as well. It was like a full bodied bottle of wine. Very enjoyable.

My first clover

My first clover

To accompany this lovely cup of coffee, I ordered a piece of orange polenta cake. It is not too sweet, very moist, dense but crumbly at the same time. I wished they serve a bigger slice of this cake. It was so yummy. Anyone has a good orange polenta cake recipe to share please?

Orange polenta cake

Orange polenta cake

Mister was a little more adventurous than his normal order of strong latte and decided to try his first pour over. The bean that he chose was La Candelilla (Costa Rica Bourbon & Caturra Variety – Washed and Sundried). I am glad that he enjoyed it! Again, very clean and we could pick up the black tea and the soft lemon but not the elderflower or jasmine as stated on the coffee card. I guess we do not have very sophisticated palate.

Pour over COSTA RICA Bourbon & Caturra Variety - Washed and Sundried

Pour over COSTA RICA Bourbon & Caturra Variety - Washed and Sundried

Despite its rather small selection of pastries, we still managed to enjoy and picked out another delicious dessert cake – walnut roulade. It is definitely not skimpy on the fillings and big on flavours. And again, I wish that it was a bigger piece. I guess we were just hungry, not greedy :|

Blueberry walnut roulade

Blueberry walnut roulade

We were definitely happy campers that morning. We did end up going around Prahran market scouting for more food. We did enjoy the whole experience. For those that are interested in cupping, there is a session almost everyday at 11am. I say ‘almost’ as it may cancel on Saturday if it gets too busy.

Some of the things to note about this place is that it ONLY serves full cream organic milk that is unhomogenised. So no soy or skinny milk. And do not even dare to ask for decaf! Some people may appreciate what they do but I would say many do not. How do you feel about this? And one more thing to add, the sugar that is used here is unrefined sugar from Costa Rica. I guess it is the little details that count and that it will make a difference to the taste and experience. But I will like to know how you coffee drinkers feel about this attention to detail? Does it count?

Unrefined sugar

Unrefined sugar

I am going to miss the convenience of getting to this place for a really nice coffee. But it will definitely be one of the stops that we will make if we are in the area.  :) I am a big clover fan now but I reckon it has a lot to do with the bean and the expert behind the machine. ;)

Which do you prefer? Drip filtered type coffee or the dairy version?

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