St Martins

“Breakfast, lunch, and magic”. That’s what St Martins brings to Martin Street, Brighton. It’s the third café for Jim Marinis and his wife Mary-Jane Daffy, who also brought us Little Tommy Tucker in Bentleigh, and Glover Station in Elsternwick. Being located in the opulent beachside suburb of Brighton, St Martins takes a colourful approach, with […]

Regiment CBD

  Having travelled to and from Sydney for most my life, it’s safe to say the largest city in Australia is pretty much second home to me. Let me make this clear- There is no Melbourne Sydney rivalry in my world. I adore everything about this beautiful city, and now I have another reason too: […]


Who doesn’t like being on vacation, right? Or as us Aussies call it, ‘Holiyays’!   Julian Bedford, Kael Sahely, and Jimmy Tjoeng have teamed up to bring the Vacation to Melbourne city. Many may know these hospitality gurus from Pillar of Salt, Square and Compass, Barry, and Bawa. I actually remember Jimmy from Little Chloe, […]

Minas Hill Bom Jesus

I’m quite literally feeding my faith in the quality of Brazilian coffee. For many years, Brazilian coffees have been used as a base in blends, due to their smooth chocolate and nut tones, low acidity, and balanced body. However, over recent years farmers have stepped up to the plate, and utilising innovation harvesting and processing […]

Fifteen Pounds

  Just across from Fairfield station sits a popular café, with a strong focus on coffee. The meaning behind the name, Fifteen Pounds, is a nod to the traditionally held ideal amount of pressure required when tamping ground coffee into the portafilter basket. You only have to peer through the front window and see the […]

Neck of the Woods

While in Geelong, I paid a visit to ‘Neck of the Woods’ café, which is the second venture for husband and wife duo (Greg and Georgie Matheson) who brought Fuel to Geelong- literally and figuratively. Neck of the Woods is located just down the road from the Geelong hospital, which is where Greg conceived of […]

Good Neighbours

They say “a good neighbour is a priceless treasure”. The folks of Balwyn North have just received their own piece of treasure, in the form of a brand new café. ‘Good Neighbours’ plan to be just that- Good Neighbours, with coffee of course. Owner operator Jessie Hyejung hails from one of Mt Waverley’s favourite neighbours, […]