20 QUESTIONS with BEN HARRISON

20 QUESTIONS with BEN HARRISON

Release Date: Sep 15, 2017

  1. What’s your favourite cafe Melbourne?

Melbourne has a lot of great cafes and many have written about them so I’m gonna go with something a little different. My favourite cafe in Melbourne is the ‘Scarlet Corner’ in Footscray. They do decent regular coffee BUT their Vietnamese iced coffee or Cà phê sữa đá is amazing! I went to Vietnam this year and couldn’t find anything as good as this stuff. Also, Footscray is one of Melbourne’s most colourful suburbs featuring awesome Vietnamese and Ethiopian food.

  1. And your favorite cafe in Japan?

I’d say SATEI HATO in Tokyo. Amazing aesthetic inside, aged coffee beans and work of art to watch the master make them into coffee.

  1. Do you need coffee to wake you up in the morning?

Not to wake up per say, but I usually have one before getting the day started. For example, right before doing a practice session on my musical instrument.

  1. What’s your favorite brewing method?

Although the Aeropress gets used the most out my coffee making arsenal, cold brewing is my favourite. It makes even average coffee taste good, is very versatile plus it’s super tasty with all it’s caramel flavours.

  1. What type of coffee setup do you have at home?

I have an Aeropress, a V60, a little espresso machine (with some modifications) and a DIY setup for making cold brew.

  1. What’s some advice you can give to others to make a better cup of joe at home?

I’m a fan of experimenting i.e. change the grind, let it bloom longer, make the extraction longer/shorter even mixing a few different coffee beans together for my own custom ‘blend’. Every time you do this, you get some insight into how it all comes together.

  1. How many coffees do you have everyday?

I would say 2-3 each day.

  1. Maximum number of coffees you’ve ever had in one day?

Probably 5, but who’s counting! 🙂

  1. What’s the most expensive cup of coffee you’ve had?

I’ve had a couple of filter coffees that go for $15 Australian.

  1. What’s the best food that goes with coffee?

Any kind of bready, savoury type food. The crisp texture goes really nice with black filter coffee.

  1. Where did you have a really delicious cup of coffee recently?

Lulu Cafe and Gallery in North Melbourne do a nice cup, they also have an art gallery upstairs with some awesome local and international exhibitions.

  1. Which cafe embodies Melbourne for you?

One of the most ‘Melbourne’ cafes I have been to is Auction Rooms in North Melbourne. They have been one of Melbourne’s leading cafes for some time and is a bit of a must see for any coffee drinking visitor.

  1. What three words would you use to describe the coffee scene in Melbourne?

Boutique, innovative and minimalist.

  1. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Besides music itself, travelling whilst doing it. You can really get inside a place (like Tokyo) when you have played all over it and have met so many great friends to show you all the best places. 🙂

  1. What’s the most challenging part about being a musician?

Probably the existential crisis that comes every few months where you ask yourself, “what am I actually doing? Making a bunch of noises on an archaic instrument for very little money”. But those questions soon head back under the surface…

  1. Which cafe in Melbourne plays the best music over the speakers?

There was a real old school cafe in Fitzroy (kinda the Shimo of Melbourne) that closed down recently that didn’t play music. That was my favourite kind, no music.

  1. The coolest movie with a coffee scene in it?

There is a coffee scene in ‘Zoolander’, an oldie but a goodie.

  1. Who should everyone follow on instagram?

The Lagerphones (@thelagerphones)! So you can come and see us in Tokyo…. 🙂

  1. Most important thing you’ve learned being a musician?

To understand that in most pursuits in life, the depth of understanding never ends. You can always learn more and never learn everything.

  1. Best album a cafe could play at their cafe?

‘Sunlight’ by Herbie Hancock. Best album of all time.

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interview by  Vaughan (@vja)

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