I seem to be experiencing something of a hot chocolate windfall. Yesterday I was reunited with one of my favourite places to sip hot chocolate, Next Door, and today I decided to try a spot that has been proving elusive and is in my neighbourhood – Pollen Tea Room. In what seems typical of small cafes and eateries in Battery Point, Pollen is not open every day. Samantha and I learnt this a while ago when we found it closed, and our second visit proved a popular day with the tiny space packed to the brim. Since then it has been a matter of finding time.
Today I decided I would head out for a morning tea break, nice and early, to get a spot and finally try the hot chocolate (which have received great reviews but I was not sure how they would taste since they are made of cacao powder – sounded healthy). At 10am, Pollen seemed to be full of regulars. Everyone was greeted by their first name and in-depth conversations about tea and organic produce were taking place. It was apparent the staff and owners care passionately about organic produce and high quality products. And it was a cosy place to on a very chilly, but incredibly beautiful Hobart morning. The urge to take photos hit me again, but again politeness took over and I decided not to intrude on the happy, tea sipping crowd’s morning. I will save that for another day. Although there was a guy in there with a long lens camera, snapping away, so maybe my phone and I would have blended in.
I took my place in the corner, and waited for my hot chocolate. It arrived and there was no funky artwork in the froth, just a smattering of cocoa (which was probably cacao powder from its bitter taste – I am still learning about cacao powder, but I am liking it). The combination of bitter and sweet flavours with a deep, but not rich, chocolate taste was amazing. I feel slightly bad that Next Door’s reign as my number one hot chocolate in Hobart lasted only a day. This was unlike any other hot chocolate I have ever tasted. I am hooked. I asked how they made it, and it is their own mix of cacao powder, sugar (I think), water and other things – I zoned out. I really need the recipe but I think it is unlikely I will get it. Perhaps if I become one of their regulars that they know by name I might have a chance of getting the exact mix…my life may then be complete!
Pollen Tea Room
56 Hampden Rd, Battery Point
* To fulfil my need to take photos, I did stop on my way back from Pollen Tea Room to capture Princes Park in winter, which really looks more like spring at the moment. So beautiful.