Mad Ram

This popular outer eastern suburbs café is about to turn one year old, so it seems timely to put the spotlight on Croydon’s favourite Ram. ‘Mad Ram’ is both an acronym for its owners’ names, Mark Andersen and Dan McDonald; and reference to the symbolic meaning of a male sheep. While on a trip to […]

Sunny Side

Just direct your feet to the sunny side of the street ☀ It’s been a momentous year for Jesse Felds. His first son was born 9 weeks ago, and his latest café opened its doors to Heidelberg Heights last month. Sunny Side has a fun loving feel, with a clean beach theme accentuated by Californian […]

Project Black Cafe

Angus Shen brings a wealth of experience and an abundance of passion, to the outer eastern suburb of Mitcham, with the establishment of his second café ‘Project Black’. Having manager cafes, and worked at major roasters like St Ali, Angus accumulated essential skills and wherewithal, to know just how to create a venue people feel […]


‘Don’t Forget the Dreaming Days’. Congratulations Julien & Kristy Moussi, and Jack Franklyn. They’ve taken a former neighbourhood milk bar, and breathed new life into it. Julien and Kristy took ownership of this corner spot two years ago, and today opened its doors to an enormously appreciative local neighbourhood. Upon entering I heard exclamations of […]

Deusy Doo

Black Rock’s known for its picturesque shoreline, and bayside living. With the addition of Deusy Doo, it’s now home to Melbourne’s latest café/eatery focused on affordability without compromising quality. Owner Vincent Sciglitano is a veteran of hospitality, having previously owned Jimmy Jamz of Elwood and Brunswick, Banff Café St Kilda, and Milton Wine Bar in […]

Mr Tucci

The beginning of this month saw brothers Fabian and Massimo Crea launch their fourth café. It sits in between their former Carnegie spot, where I first met them 8 years ago, and their Mt Waverley sweetheart, Son of Tucci. They’ve kept things in the family again, naming this Glen Iris corner spot ‘Mr Tucci’, in […]

Bean in the Woods

Meeting Billy Halvagis, owner of Bean in the Woods, has definitely been a highlight of my coffee adventures over the years. There’s a beautiful story behind this Ringwood café, and it does warrant the time to be told. Billy opened Bean in the Woods in honour of his sister, Mersina. Those who are old enough […]