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Coffee Down Under, an Australian-style coffee spot, is coming to Detroit's Financial District


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If you want to know how people do coffee on literally the opposite side of the world, a new Australian-style coffee bar is headed your way.

Coffee Down Under is set to open in downtown Detroit’s Financial District this spring. The 400-square-foot space is currently under construction and will be located directly under Brome Modern Eatery.

The coffee bar will feature espresso roasts from Proud Mary Cafe, a Melbourne-based establishment. It will also serve Australian refreshments, including the long black — it’s stronger than an Americano and is created by pouring a double-shot of espresso or ristretto over hot water.

Other drinks that will be featured are the flat white, which is a strong and milky coffee, and the Melbourne Magic, which is steamed milk poured over a double ristretto. (Ristretto, short for “restricted espresso,” is a short shot of espresso that’s made with less water and finely ground beans, resulting in a more concentrated flavor.)

Coffee Down Under will primarily focus on serving espresso to on-the-go customers, as well as a limited selection of food items like pastries and breakfast burritos. The space will feature a modest kitchen and less than 10 cafe seats.

Tarun Kajeepeta, Coffee Down Under’s owner, used to operate car subscription service Condor Detroit prior to selling the business a couple years ago, according to Eater. He then spent a year living in Australia and focusing on its rich coffee culture, leading to this latest venture.

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