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REVIEWS PROMISED LAND COFFEE - HAWK BLEND WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY DEAN SCHMIDEG

For those of you who don’t know your bible stories,

Promised Land has already made a name for themselves

The Promised Land was a covenant between God and

with their delivery service, bringing airpots filled with

Abraham, first mentioned in the book of Genesis. It

fresh filter coffee to workplaces and cafes each day,

would take a great journey and the ability to overcome

now adding espresso options for those wanting the full

adversity for his people to eventually settle there. It was

package.

to be a place of security and hope and somewhere to build a nation. So when husband and wife Jonathon and

Roasting is done three days a week and the coffee is

Erin Sciola – who both pastored a church in the Northern

micro-lot, truly specialty and always aged eight days.

suburbs – decided to start their coffee business, they

Because the grinder requires far less adjustment, the

knew exactly what they wanted to call it.

customers experience an unparalleled consistency in their cup. Their Hawk blend is predominantly comprised of a

The Hawk blend is available at: Mock Turtle - 34 Degraves St CBD Edamama - 727 Collins Street Docklands The Village Food Store - 126A Canterbury Rd Heathmont www.promisedlandcoffee.com

The name is representative of their journey, one that has

natural Honduras with some washed Colombian, resulting

its own challenges in a saturated market. It is a quest to

in a balanced brew with a sweet citrus acidity. It’s bright

provide cafes with exceptional quality and service in order

enough to get your taste buds tingling, but still rich and

to create a good life for themselves and their children.

smooth with a medium-caramel body.

Sciola had been working at St Ali as an account manager,

Wanting to buck the trend of dark-roasted, Italian-style

looking after 50 venues across the brand’s portfolio,

coffee in tourist-driven Degraves Street, the owners

training baristas, running cupping sessions and working

of Mock Turtle wanted to offer a blend that was more

in the roastery. He also helped set up a number of cafes

relevant to Melbourne’s coffee drinkers – and Hawk

which gave him an insight into what the owners actually

suits them perfectly. They choose to prepare it on a La

needed.

Marzocco for consistency and reliability.

According to Sciola, specialty coffee can’t stand alone;

With an eye on current trends and promoting themselves

it’s the product of many things. Like life, the journey from

as a healthy cafe with raw, gluten free and vegan options,

crop to cup has many speed bumps along the way and

Mock Turtle operates in a very busy Melbourne laneway,

while there may be a plan, things can go wrong. Baristas

so knowing they have Sciola’s support and expertise any

want to create the perfect coffee, but if they aren’t using

time of day is very reassuring.

the right equipment or have a lack of support, the end result will be sub-standard.

We have the privilege of being inhabitants of the world’s most liveable city, and know that Australia is an amazing

Understanding coffee with a crazy amount of knowledge

place to call home. This is our promised land, and we

of the science behind coffee and the technical aspects

deserve to drink only the best coffee. Thanks to passionate

required to produce it, Sciola delivers a level of customer

people like Jonathon and Erin Sciola, we always have that

service and product knowledge that is very rare in the

opportunity.

industry.

ASTRO BUNNY PET-NAT WORDS LAUREN BRUCE It’s easy to be charmed by Pet Nat-style wines. Their

The delicate fruity flavours reflect the colour of the drink

primary fermentation process is finished off in the bottle,

– a peachy, muted colour. This light pink hue, along with

which results in a deliciously light sparkling effect that

the gentle bubble, makes this an appealing drink inside

makes for super easy drinking. A more rustic sparkling

and out.

than champagne, the Pet Nat is perfect for those seeking something a little different.

Astro Bunny Pet-Nat RRP: $34.00

Deliciously creamy with a dry minerality that crisps up the wine significantly, the Astro Bunny Pet-Nat is full of apricot and peach flavour, the stonefruit hitting you almost straight away. Citrus, particularly grapefruit and orange, are in the mix as well, freshening up the wine.

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GRAM Magazine Issue 73 // JUNE 2017  
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