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Thread: Melbourne's best coffee experiences !!!

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    Melbourne's best coffee experiences !!!

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    Hey guys I'm in Melbourne for a few days and wanna see what everyone's opinions are on the best coffee experiences to visit while I'm here ! Cafes ! Roasteries ! Espresso bars ! Whatever !
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    No shortage of options: Seven seeds, Dibella, Auction rooms, Proud Mary, St Ali, Padre, Dukes, Market Lane, Monk Bhodi Darma....

    Lots more

    Enjoy
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    Hi Kurt95,

    I've had nice beans from Padre, Duke's, Market Lane, Small Batch, Seven Seeds and Proud Mary. All roasters with cafes located in Melbourne.

    Enjoy.

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    Oops, I forgot to mention Sensory Lab.

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    Many to choose from... I would recommend Code Black (flagship cafe in North Melbourne or roastery in Brunswick), Double Dutch (also in Brunswick, might be closed due to holiday...) and Aunty Peg's by Proud Mary in Collingwood.

    Proud Mary is also worth a visit for the food, but gets very busy on weekends. Patricia, Switchboard and Cup of Truth in the CBD are all good too, but closed weekends IIRC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sam678 View Post
    Oops, I forgot to mention Sensory Lab.
    I had one of the worst espressos I have ever paid for there. Undrinkable grassy lemon. At best, it was absolute garbage- a botched roast which should have been binned.

    I really should have asked for my money back.

    All of the others are pretty good. Padre can also be great when expertly pulled.
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    Admiral cheng ho specialty coffee. Abbotsford.
    Axil. Hawthorn. (Recommend top of Flinders Lane store also. Only weekdays though.)
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    Ken Taing at Focus 439 Whitehorse Road. Balwyn is well worth a visit, often has 90+ coffees on offer!!

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    These days if you start with a list of All Melbourne cafes and subtract cafes where all staff wear welding overalls and continue to subtract the cafes that serve warm lemon juice in cups and describe it as single origin with hints of hazelnut and cranberry you are left with Campos coffee in Carlton and about 5 other cafes.

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    They can wear spacesuits and have beards that cover their entire bodies. If the coffee's good and they're reasonably well mannered, I'm there.
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    You just described the baristas at the last 5 cafes I attended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbk View Post
    No shortage of options: Seven seeds, Dibella, Auction rooms, Proud Mary, St Ali, Padre, Dukes, Market Lane, Monk Bhodi Darma....

    Lots more

    Enjoy
    Agree with this list but don't forget Axil. If I had to choose one it would be St Ali (South Melbourne). I tend to find Bean Hunter pretty reliable when I'm unsure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2muchcoffeeman View Post
    I had one of the worst espressos I have ever paid for there. Undrinkable grassy lemon. At best, it was absolute garbage- a botched roast which should have been binned.
    Sensory Labs - I've been there about 3 times and always found it disappointing till I made a resolution not to go back. I want to like it but I just haven't ever enjoyed the coffee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtW View Post
    Sensory Labs - I've been there about 3 times and always found it disappointing till I made a resolution not to go back. I want to like it but I just haven't ever enjoyed the coffee.
    The way they make it or their roasts too? Sensory Lab "Seamless" is my current favourite for home shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    Many to choose from... I would recommend Code Black (flagship cafe in North Melbourne or roastery in Brunswick), Double Dutch (also in Brunswick, might be closed due to holiday...) and Aunty Peg's by Proud Mary in Collingwood.

    Proud Mary is also worth a visit for the food, but gets very busy on weekends. Patricia, Switchboard and Cup of Truth in the CBD are all good too, but closed weekends IIRC.

    Which of the Code Black locations would you recommend for lunch? TIA
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    A couple more - Industry Beans (Fitzroy) Top Paddock (Richmond) , Deadman Espresso (South Melbourne)
    Last edited by ArtW; 9th February 2017 at 10:35 PM. Reason: correction - Industry Beans is near Brunswick st, not in Brunswick

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    Quote Originally Posted by kike10 View Post
    Which of the Code Black locations would you recommend for lunch? TIA
    Personally, I'd say Brunswick (even if just to meet Luke, quite possibly the nicest guy in the world) - unless you're gluten free, in which case North Melbourne (100% g/f kitchen; use coconut flour for everything).

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    Melbourne's best coffee experiences !!!

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    A couple more - Industry Beans (Brunswick), Top Paddock (Richmond) , Deadman Espresso (South Melbourne)
    Industry is in Fitzroy, yeah? Or have they relocated?

    Speaking of Top Paddock, their new(ish) place Higher Ground is pretty special and not to be missed IMO (western end of the CBD).

    I also forgot Wide Open Road (stone's throw from Code Black Bruswick) and All Day Donuts (shorter stone's throw in the opposite direction).

    TBH you could spend a whole day just in Brunswick and not hit everywhere that's worth hitting... same goes for Fitzroy/Collingwood and probably southside too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    Industry is in Fitzroy, yeah? Or have they relocated?

    Speaking of Top Paddock, their new(ish) place Higher Ground is pretty special and not to be missed IMO (western end of the CBD).
    Yep, my mistake (I've corrected it now), Industry Beans is behind Brunswick street but in Fitzroy, around the corner from 35Kerr65, a good coffee but not really a lunch place like the rest. Agree with you re Higher Ground as well though I haven't eaten there yet - its a spectacular space and the coffee is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    Personally, I'd say Brunswick (even if just to meet Luke, quite possibly the nicest guy in the world) - unless you're gluten free, in which case North Melbourne (100% g/f kitchen; use coconut flour for everything).
    Cheers for the recommendation. My wife and I had brunch there on Friday, it was pretty damn good. Awesome fit out of the cafe/roasting house , the food was amazing , service top notch and the coffee 👌🏽👌🏽.
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    If you want unique experience.
    Put Aunty Pegs at the top of the list.
    Vincent the Dog is cool try and sit up at the bar and watch the way he makes coffee.
    And all of the above if you want to eat as well and don't need to nerd out.
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    The dog makes coffee?

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    Proud Mary, Auction Rooms, Seven Seeds, Market Lane! So good - take me back

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    Check out STREAT they just moved their roastery to Collingwood roaster is a real nice guy always up for the chat and doesn't ooze try hard hipster either. For those that hate the lemon punches from the likes of seven seeds then I find STREAT tend to favour body, nutty, chocolate, wine type flavours as opposed to sourness.



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