UPDATE: Luke has sold his (in his words) concept coffee shop and is planning the next instalment in his coffee journey. We’ve yet to meet the new owners and staff of Ltd Espresso, but when we do we’ll let you know!
Limited Espresso + Brew Bar is one of the many coffee shops in the Valley and rapidly growing in popularity. Open 7 days a week, it becomes a coffee sanctuary for those Sunday caffeine cravings. The first time we walked in, we were contemplating the coffee of choice, when Luke eagerly interjected with a useful question, ‘What do you feel like? Something hot or cold?’ The warm afternoon sun prompted the cold option. The cold offerings were explained and when the words ‘sparkling coffee’ passed Luke’s lips, it was an automatic choice.
Hot on the heels of the ‘Matthew’ at Roost Coffee, the cold drip with San Pellegrino was a must try … wow! Could it be the most amazing iced black coffee ever? We also sampled the more familiar milk-based iced coffee in a bottle – also wonderful as it brought back fond memories of the iced coffee treat, its cousin from Cleanskin Coffee.
Sitting at the brew bar felt like pulling up a stool at your local for beer and a chat (so much so we headed to the Green Beacon Brewery later that day). Back to coffee … it did remind us of our experiences at the Cup Roastery bench. Perched high on the stools provided an intimate view of the coffee making process. Mocha mate’s eyes nearly popped out of his head when Luke brought over the espresso and created his mocha right in front of him. Chocolate powder was sprinkled over the crema and then the textured chocolate milk was added to produce an amazing looking mocha … our mate was impressed. He textures his chocolate and milk at home but the quality of Luke’s was anything but homemade.
We also savoured a single origin from El Salvador as a V60 pour over that was brewed right in front of us. We watched the rise and fall of the grinds as the water passed through, as if it was breathing. The delicate flavours blossomed as time passed … the aroma and taste certainly breathed life into us. Luke makes a point of preparing coffees in front of the drinker, we think this improves the experience.
It might be Limited by name but there is nothing limited about Luke’s passion for coffee and the taste of coffee he serves. Limited rotates Cleanskin Coffee Company blends 13, 14 and Saint and always has beans for white, espresso and filtered coffee at the ready. Don’t limit your coffee experiences, head to this coffee shop in the Valley and simply enjoy the coffee and the brew bar.
We give a limitless 8.5 beans