Parker Coffee

Melissa Floreani of Espresso Syndicate has contributed immensely to Melbourne’s Café Culture, and Parker Coffee of East Hawthorn is a shining example of how this venerable lady does it. Early last year, she teamed up with Jimmy McGuire to renovate this Tooronga Road space, which serves as a takeaway coffee mecca for staff from surrounding […]

Dukes on Flinders Lane

Died and Gone to Heaven…. without Bryan Adams. There’s so much to love about Dukes on Flinders Lane, and that’s before I even taste of their coffee. For instance, I appreciate the cafes dim lighting that doesn’t overwhelm the senses when one is in dire need of a caffeine hit (me every morning); the simplicity […]

Bkon Brewer at V Melb

Melbourne, your Bkon experience has arrived. Thanks to the legends at V Melbourne in South Yarra, we now have the first active Bkon Brewer in the country’s coffee capital. Lex and the team are brewing up a storm by way of Reverse Atmospheric Infusion, and it doesn’t stop at coffee – they’re brewing fruit infused […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]