The other week Kerrie and I took the Scooter into Lygon Street for a Thursday Lunch with our Moo. She took us too a little place – The Vertue of the Coffee Drink – just off the top end of Lygon Street that was just superb – Great Coffee and Outstanding Salads.
Smoked Fish Chowder – Wood Smoked Salmon
Quinoa Amaranth Salad – Espresso Bar
They describe themselves as a micro roaster, café, kitchen and retailer based in Carlton. They are not the easiest to find as they are hidden down Raffa Place but as their web site says the best places are rarely the easiest to find!!!
The shops name is an interesting read…it relates from the story of coffee which traces back to the 13th century, after travelling out of Ethiopia, spreading through Egypt & Yemen. It reached the Middle East, Persia & Turkey during the 16th century, arriving in Europe during the early 17th. By 1652, St Michael’s Alley, the first café in London opened it’s doors and brought coffee to England, thanks to a Sicilian immigrant Pasqua Rosee. The British Museum contains a handbill from this coffee house outlining a ‘how to’ for preparation of coffee as well as some of the medicinal properties.
The Vertue of the Coffee Drink takes its name from this handbill.