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
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
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
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primary fermentation process is finished off in the bottle,
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