Unified Theory Espresso Bar, Melbourne

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In physics a unified theory is either Einstein’s unified field theory – an attempt to explain the four forces in nature by a single field theory – or the Grand Unified Theory of Everything, which seeks to link all physical aspects of the universe – which is just about everything.

There’s also the unified theory of espresso recipes by Melbourne barista Matt Perger and now, Unified Theory Espresso Bar in King Street, Melbourne.

The Unified Theory here is a much simpler proposition than Einstein’s version: a small space in the lobby of a new apartment block, fitted out with a bar, a La Marzocco, a Moccamaster Thermoserve, a pair of Victoria Arduino Mythos grinders and four orange milk crates out the front for people who like to sit down to drink their coffee. A modernist sculpture, the traffic rolling by on busy King Street and office blocks towering overhead add to the big-city mood.

The grinders are loaded with Seven Seeds seasonal espresso blend and regular single origins from a coffee menu that changes every week: maybe a lemon-spritzy Nicaragua Monte Cristo with a nice spicy edge. Owner Paul Newcomen, who had Mies Coffee Bar in Spotswood for six years, says he wants to cater to a range of coffee palates, from tart citrus to berry and stone fruity.

He uses the Moccamaster to brew batches of another regular single origin: maybe a Kenya Kasheen, a rich, brew with berry-like fruit and a raisin-sweet finish. Also look out for pourovers with beans from small Melbourne roasters such as Kensington’s Rumble Coffee and others.

As far as food is concerned, the Unified Theory is extremely simplified: danishes and donuts filled with tasty crema pasticcera from Dench.

Unified Theory Espresso Bar

Where 270 King Street, Melbourne
When Mon–Fri 7am–4pm
Food ★★☆☆☆
Coffee ★★★★☆

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