I usually only visit the Docklands when attending AFL matches at Etihad Stadium. However, today I found another reason to stop by this waterfront area- the Blended Beard. I was fortunate enough to meet its owner, Trish, who opened this aesthetically pleasing coffee bar 4 months ago. The name is a reflection of two prominent features of the Melbourne coffee culture- Blended coffee, and beards. This ground floor café is focused on specialty coffee brewed via various methods. The copper counter top was custom built with a copper milk jug rinser, by Sydney’s master Artisansmith. The large counter is lined with American Oak, and accommodates 3 grinders, two 2 group Linea espresso machines, a Moccamaster, Aeropress, and v60 pour over cones for filter brew. They even have a cold drip tower in the front window, so they have certainly covered all bases.
If that didn’t give you the impression coffee is at the heart of this café, then the art on the wall should. The Beard series of portraits is from a local artist, and inspired by hipsters and the café culture. They are made from coffee ink, and all available to purchase. The same artist also designed their logo, and a stencil sculpture of it is set into the side wall.
Quick eats include 5 & Dime Bagels, doughnuts, rolls, pastries! cookies, cheeseburger sliders, pork sliders, protein balls and bars, and breakfast smoothies.
Today’s single origin offering was from Proud Mary. This pulp natural Acaia varietal hails from the Mantiqueira de Minas region in Brazil. As a long black, it had sweet peach notes, with orange acidity to follow.
818 Bourke Street
Docklands VIC 3008