Tia Maria & STREAT Partner To Launch Six Cocktail Pairings

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MELBOURNE | I was a novice to Espresso Martinis when I first arrived in Melbourne. Previously, I’d spent my few legal drinking years drowning myself in black coffee before heading out for a night of wine drinking, trying to evade the inevitable drowsiness. Unpleasant at best, I’d end the night with a sour taste of chugged coffee and grapes in my mouth. Discovering the Espresso Martini was like Columbus discovering America for the first time. Life hasn’t been the same since.

Along with the upgrade to sophisticated cocktails, Melbourne’s exceptional coffee culture hasn’t gone unnoticed. What does this mean for the Espresso Martini? It’s not just about the quality of the bean; the mixing ingredients should be wholly complementary. Tia Maria, the coffee liquor used in the first Espresso Martini recipe 40 years ago, came to Collingwood’s STREAT café to prove exactly why their liquor is the ideal mixer for coffee cocktails.

Tia Maria carefully chooses which cafes to partner with around the world when debuting their liquor and cocktail recipes. When coming to Melbourne, STREAT was an obvious choice. A do-good café, STREAT’s mission is to stop youth homelessness and disadvantage. They employ underprivileged youth between the ages of 16 and 25 within the café to teach them the discipline of a barista, chef or baker. Roasting all their beans on site, they are the only not for profit coffee roaster in Australia. Delicious coffee served with a side of corporate responsibility? Order up.

The evening began with a glass of the classic Espresso Martini and led into a tasting of the Tia Mint Americano, Iced Popcorn Frappe, Tia Cappucino, Mint Frappé, and Flat White Russian. Tia Maria has a bold taste of chocolate and coffee, without an overpowering sugar punch. Simple but reliable, its sole ingredients are a 100% Arabica roast, pure Madagascar vanilla, and Jamaican rum. Tia Maria relies on one master roaster to ensure all the flavor of the bean is transferred to the liquid consistently.

Though I wouldn’t recommend drinking five caffeinated beverages before bed on a Tuesday night, I would highly recommend choosing Tia Maria for your next coffee cocktail.

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Sarah
Sarah
Originally a native of Denver, Colorado, Sarah decided to pack up her backpack after university graduation and see how long she could live off of peanut butter sandwiches and cheap hostels. After exploring the streets of New Zealand and Iceland, she’s settled down in Melbourne in the hope of establishing a more sophisticated life. One way of getting there is pursuing her love of writing along with delving into the best of Melbourne’s food, bar, and music scene. When she’s not writing, chances are you’ll find her wandering the streets in her Birkenstocks, hunting for the ideal book-reading-cafe or live music venue. A vegetarian herself, she is particularly fond of all foods covered in nut butter, towering plates of vegetables, and [large] glasses of Pinot Noir.

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