When we arrived in Canberra, we temporarily stayed in an apartment that was within walking distance to Mocan & Green Grout. It soon became our local café, with a visit most mornings for a piece of banana bread and a take away coffee. Since moving into our more permanent abode, A and I have still visited Mocan & Green Grout – mainly to buy a bag of their fairtrade organic coffee beans which are locally roasted at Two Before Ten.
A and I fell in love with their coffee beans, which have a strong, earthy taste. Amazingly, I think I prefer their coffee when made for a takeaway cup, as whenever I’ve had a coffee in-house it’s been made poorly – the milk isn’t hot or fluffy and typically I get a cup where there’s quite a bit of coffee in the saucer. I’ve given it a few tries and will be resorting back to takeaways!
Even though we’d been to Mocan & Green Grout regularly for coffee and banana bread, A and I hadn’t eaten in until last weekend. Mocan & Green Grout is an ethical café and bike maker (under the label Goodspeed Bicycle Co). They source their fresh produce from local farmers, purchase sustainable seafood from the NSW South Coast and grow herbs on the planter at their front door. The end result is a menu that changes per season that is not only reflective of Canberra’s surrounds and appetising but is also ethically created.
A and I met up with one of my old colleagues from Perth, Michael, who was in Canberra for a conference. Michael used to live in Canberra and since I’ve been here we’ve met up twice at Mocan & Green Grout. On this occasion, A and I ordered something to eat for our brunch with our usual coffee orders – A ordered a piece of banana bread ($4.50) and I ordered their Smoked Salmon Bagel ($9). Michael ordered a pot of Earl Grey tea.
A and I love the banana bread that is available at Mocan & Green Grout, which is made at Sweet Bones in Braddon. It’s made perfectly – with heaps of banana, a variety of nuts and apple pieces to keep its moisture. It is the best banana bread!
My salmon bagel was also lovely, which featured smoked salmon, whipped lemon ricotta and salted capers. The bagel itself was fresh and arrived untoasted. I think I would have preferred it a little toasted but I think that’s a personal preference. The serving of salmon and capers were generous and overall, I loved this dish.
There’s one aspect of Mocan & Green Grout that I dislike – the service changes everyday. Sometimes it can be on the border of friendly, whereas the next day you might be snubbed and rushed. It’s a trait that I particularly dislike about Mocan & Green Grout, as you can see the difference one staff member can react with different customers instead of providing a blanket of friendly, efficient service to all of their patrons instead of a select few.
All in all, I like Mocan & Green Grout mainly for their strong, earthy coffee beans as well as their principles of sourcing local produce and reflecting their menu through the use of produce that is in season. I love their concept and will return again but will be limiting my visits to quick takeaways.