While it’s a well-known fact that Melbourne was the undisputed trailblazer in Australias’ world-famous coffee scene, few know that the suburb of Carlton is where it all started. We’re visiting the birthplace of our coffee culture this month with the best-selling Backgammon blend from one of Carlton’s favourite coffee shops, The Queensberry Pourhouse. Cafe owner and head roaster, Ben Stronach, named this crowd-pleasing blend after his favourite board game with a passionate commitment to delivering exceptional versatility in every cup to be just like Backgammon – enjoyed equally both black and white.
This season’s Backgammon is a blend of Colombian and Ethiopian beans roasted to a level that produces a cup brimming with rich, dark cocoa and marmalade notes. It’s the coffee equivalent of a high-quality dark chocolate bar – perfect for Easter! Full-bodied, very sweet, and high acidity – no wonder this buzzing American-diner style Carlton cafe attracts a loyal local clientele who line up for bottomless filter refills of the Backgammon to start their day.