285 Swanston St, Melbourne - ph: (03) 9654 9674
Cacao Green specialises in organic frozen yogurt and fair trade chocolate and coffee.
Came here today as part of a Nuffnang blogger meet up. I've never been to a blogger event before, so I was quite excited about meeting fellow bloggers.
The shop is very conveniently located on the corner of Swanston and Lonsdale Sts, opposite QV. It's quite small, with a couple of outdoor tables at the front and a few more out the back. As soon as I arrived, I was greeted by their friendly host & marketing manager, Alvina.
She explained that the recently opened shop is the first Australian franchise of a Korean chain. They import the organic yogurt powder from Italy and prepare it daily on site. The organic Brazilian chocolate and coffee beans they use are certified fair trade and the milk used on smoothies and hot drinks is also organic.
I am a big fan of frozen yogurt, love chocolate and coffee and try to eat organic as much as I can - there couldn't be a better place for a meet up than this!
Toppings - seasonal fresh fruits, compotes, granola and various nuts
Mixed berries parfait - very refreshing and light. The yogurt was not too sweet, fresh fruit tasted great and the granola added some texture.
Mixed berries parfait - strawberries, blueberries, banana, granola and yogurt ($6.70)
Chocolate waffle - the smell was amazing when it arrived at the table. The waffle batter is made with dark chocolate and tasted really good. Texture-wise, it wasn't as crispy as I would have liked. I think the white and dark chocolate sauce on top was a bit too much.
Dark chocolate waffle made with organic chocolate ($8.70)
Japanese green tea frozen yogurt - my favourite of the day. Great green tea taste without the aftertaste bitterness that some ice creams have. This is something that I would be glad to eat everyday.
Japanese green tea organic frozen yogurt ($6.50 for regular size)
Hot chocolate and matcha green tea latte - you can choose between 45%, 60% and 75% cacao hot chocolate. I chose the 60% hot chocolate, which was described as 'bittersweet and sharpened with hints of walnut and fruit'. I could definitely taste the nutty flavour. The hot chocolate was really creamy and rich; there were tiny little bits of chocolate floating through it.
Very good hot chocolate; dare I say - as good as Cafe Vue's?
60% cocoa hot chocolate ($5.80) and matcha green tea latte ($4.50 for regular size)
The matcha green tea latte was unlike anything I have ever tried before. Like the hot chocolate, really creamy and rich. It had a really strong green tea flavour, which I liked. It's not something you can have a lot of tough, I don't think I would the able to finish a whole cup. For those of you who are not obsessed with green tea, this latte might be a bit hard core, but it's worth a try.
I had a good time and will surely come back for more green tea & organics extravaganza. Most importantly, got to meet other bloggers who were all really nice people an enthusiastic about their work / hobby.
Thanks to Nuffnang for organising and Alvina from Cacao Green for hosting :)