26 Nov Yelp #Iknowcoffee Launch at Belleville Melbourne
Yelp has just launched their #IKnowCoffee campaign to align themselves with Australia’s growing coffee culture and to spread the word about our favourite cafes and coffee places. To celebrate, an espresso martini night with Mr Black was arranged at Belleville.
Mr. Black is an intense, bitter, cold press coffee liqueur, which was developed over 9 months, and is produced by hand in small batches. Three different specialty single origin arabica beans from Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, and Brazil are used, and each bean is roasted separately in order to produce the desired caramelisation and flavour profile. The resulting liqeur is balanced, with a slight citrus flavour, and notes of toffee and marmalade. The espresso martini certainly was strong, but it had such a satisfying coffee flavour.
Some bites were provided by Belleville. The chargrilled corn was juicy and sweet, but I was expecting the topping to be made of some sort of crumb. Instead, I discovered it was coconut, which I personally wasn’t a fan of, but others loved.
The Kushiyaki meatballs were made of organic beef and pork, Jack Cheddar, miso and dark beer teriyaki. They definitely piled on the umami ingredients here and it showed; the meatballs were absolutely packed with flavour.
The main event was Belleville’s signature rotisserie chicken. The saltwater brined, roasted free range chicken came with a number of different sauces: a mild coriander, ginger and chilli sauce, hot spicy ssamjang, and an even hotter Liu Kang Fireball sauce. You could see bits of chilli in the Liu Kang Fireball, and it was very, very hot. The chicken itself was extremely juicy and had a beautifully seasoned, crispy skin.
Share your love of coffee and great local cafes with #IKnowCoffee and #IKnowMelbourne today.
Disclaimer: I was invited to Yelp’s #IKnowCoffee launch as a guest, however, opinions expressed here are purely my own and not influenced by them in any way.
Globe Alley (access through Swanston St)
Melbourne, VIC, 3000
(03) 9663 4041