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GRAM - - Contents - WORDS AND PHO­TOG­RA­PHY DEAN SCHMIDEG

Ev­ery­one is look­ing for that lit­tle ex­tra some­thing in their lives. One day while walk­ing down Bal­main St Rich­mond, I turned the cor­ner into Church Street and found mine. Opened just over a year ago by Mor­ris Nervo, Lit­tle Some­thin Some­thin is one man’s big jump into the world of hos­pi­tal­ity. The first time I vis­ited he sat and told me about his past life as a land­scaper, but what I later dis­cov­ered was that when the weather wasn’t con­ducive to run­ning an out­door land­scap­ing busi­ness he moon­lighted as a barista to in­dulge his love of cof­fee. This cafe is the prod­uct of some­one tak­ing their pas­sion and hobby and turn­ing it into a fully fledged busi­ness. Based on what he did pre­vi­ously, Mor­ris is a guy who isn’t scared of hard work and knows how to deal with sit­u­a­tions that may not be per­fect but where the client still ex­pects per­fec­tion.

En­ter Daniel Sch­wef from Com­mu­nity Roast­ers with over 20 years in the in­dus­try and with the same val­ues sys­tem and aim of giv­ing his clients and their cus­tomers ex­actly what they want. The cafes deal di­rectly with him and the roast­ers. They get taught about spe­cial­ity cof­fee and what needs to be done with it to achieve the best re­sults so the cus­tomer re­ceives the in­tended ex­pe­ri­ence. The beans are de­liv­ered not by driv­ers but by skilled baris­tas, that way out­put can be mon­i­tored and any is­sues the cafes may have with the cof­fee can be dealt with in­stantly. It also means con­sis­tency can be main­tained with ev­ery cup go­ing out as good as the last.

This was my very ex­pe­ri­ence with their Mamma’s Honey blend the three times I sam­pled it at Lit­tle Some­thin Some­thin, each one made by a dif­fer­ent barista. Named be­cause it is sweet, soft and em­brac­ing with notes of dried apri­cot, straw­ber­ries and honey, Mor­ris and his team pull each shot as a dou­ble ristretto, bring­ing out the sweet­ness and punch and to bal­ance out the fruit­ness. As with any spe­cialty cof­fee Daniel ad­justs the beans and ori­gins of this blend sea­son­ally to main­tain the same flavour pro­file, en­sur­ing that Mor­ris’ loyal cus­tomers keep comin’ back to Mamma for that lit­tle some­thin’ some­thin’.

If you want a taste of Mamma’s Honey, you’ll find some at: Lit­tle Some­thin Some­thin: 561 - 563 Church St, Rich­mond Cote Terra: 17 Sta­tion St, Oak­leigh Chap­ter Too: 3/110 Canterbury Rd, Heath­mont Ru­mour Mill: 22 McAdam Sq, Croy­don Jiminy’s Kitchen: 260 Como Pde West, Park­dale Verb Cafe: 336 Race­course Rd, Flem­ing­ton

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