486 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill, VIC, 3068
In the seminal The Who hit, Won’t Get Fooled Again, Roger Daltry and crew sing, ‚”Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”. We’re quite sure they didn’t have Melbourne cafe society in mind, but the line springs to mind at Clifton Hill’s Mixed Business. If St Ali is the old boss of coffee south of the river, then maybe this is the new boss to the north.
It’s not a coincidence that the coffee is great; after all, it is St Ali’s in-house roast in use at Mixed Business. More than this, they both reside in a cool re-adaptation of an old commercial premises. Mixed Business softens this with friendly, almost family-style service, and lovely little pockets around the place where you can find a ray of sunshine to warm your skin.
An orange, sandy-coloured crema tops my espresso, with a waft of cinnamon rising from the cup. Rich berry and stone fruit flavours coat my palate, carried by a vibrant acidity. The long finish mellows leaving a bittersweet trail. Meet the new boss.
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