Pieces of the puzzle

Putting the pieces of the puzzle together gives insight to my inherent affinity for farmers. I’m often asked why I love coffee so much, in particular the farmers whom I idolise. I wasn’t raised on a coffee farm, nor have I travelled to countries within the coffee belt. This hasn’t hindered my lifelong interest in the […]

Brother Alec

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Jess Moussi and Malia Sloman are testament to Ghandi’s wisdom. They have managed to not only provide an openhearted service to those that have the pleasure of walking through the Brother Alec doors; but have also discovered their true calling. […]

Campos Barista origin experience

    I recently paid Campos Melbourne a visit to have a chat with their ever delightful and softly spoken barista Patrick Dann, who just returned from a trip to origin. Truth be told, Patrick was once a customer at this Elgin Street spot, dropping in each morning over a period of 2 years while […]

The Odd Room

Cheltenham was a sleepy hollow when it came to coffee; that was until 2014, when Yuko and Andrew Affandi opened the ‘Odd Room’ on Bay Road. Both had dipped their toes in the hospitality industry throughout their lives, but it wasn’t until they decided to open their own café that they jumped into the deep […]

V Melb

  Clare Hu has done it again. Having successfully opened cafes in Ashburton, Sandringham, and South Yarra – She’s just launched ‘V Melb’ ; a concept space on Claremont Street. The motto here is ‘Very Vegan Vibes’, and the ethos is grounded in traceability, transparency, and sustainability. It’s a belief that good food should be […]

Melbourne Moonshine

History tells us that ‘Moonshine’ was rife during the prohibition era in the USA, when corn mash was used to make distilled spirit in secrecy at night. Today the distillation of alcohol is legal in Australia if one has the appropriate license, and ‘Melbourne Moonshine’ specialises in this popular ‘clear liquor’. For several years Melbourne […]

Percy’s Aeroplane

At the heart of Percy’s Aeroplane is a bright yellow La Marzocco Linea PB; and much like a pilot- head barista/owner Alex Jiang is the soul of this Kew café. Originally opened by Wes Lim, Percy’s Aeroplane was named after a World War 2 pilot who lived in Kew. A vintage model plane hangs above […]