Vella Nero Coffee Couture
With a lustrous black roaster taking pride of place in the front window and a wall lined with multiple awards, it’s no mistake that Vella Nero is a specialist coffee destination. Located on Clarence Street, this narrow-fronted cafe and barista store is easily spotted due to its distinctive light blue umbrella outside.
The minimal interior, scattered with white tables and chairs, is complemented by the exquisite range of barista devices available for purchase such as the AeroPress coffee maker, grinders, machines and house-roasted beans including the highly acclaimed Designer Blend (espresso) as well as single origin and single estates, roasted and unroasted, from destinations such as Ethiopia, Colombia and Costa Rica.
While choosing from the vast selection of coffee brewed fresh from the La Marzocco machine can become a little difficult, head to the blackboard showcasing staff favourites such as filtered coffee from the 24-carat SwissGold filter or the intense eight-hour cold drip coffee served over ice, either short or sparkling. An espresso here is sharp, slightly bitter with a fruitful aftertaste. Food is limited to generous sandwiches, salads, pies and a range of sweet treats including decadent tarts, slices, teacakes and a slab of triple chocolate brownie not for the faint hearted.