Contraband Specialty Coffee

Many may know of Chris Legge from his Brunswick Street café, Newtown Specialty Coffee. It’s there that he met his calling, and went on to establish his own roasting label, Contraband Coffee Traders. With his self-assigned duty to attain and share delicious coffee, last week saw Chris take the opportunity to open a flagship store […]

Gratitude and Pride

Coffee isn’t just an art, or a science. It’s a way of life. While traversing Melbourne in search of that golden experience, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some incredible people, and admire the commitment many display in their quest for quality. It reminds me that life demands we never become complacent or ungrateful, be […]

Plain Sailing

It’s always been smooth sailing down Elwood way, a tranquil costal suburb only 8 kilometres south of Melbourne. The team that recently moved left of field, have now cast their anchor at this beachside community. In line with their archetypal use of idioms when naming cafes (Left Field, Short Straw, Timber Timber) the owners of […]

Sibling Spice

Siblings are special gifts given to us by nature. The Siblings of Carnegie come with a ‘hint of spice, and everything nice’. When Bee Ekkittibutr and husband James Sorataworn took up the baton of their family’s restaurant, Paradai Thai, they built on a dynasty their forebears had nurtured for a decade. This paved the way […]

Blonde Food & Drink

Good mates Alex Smith and Vince Musco have teamed up to put the Blonde back into Fitzroy. Alex, who cut his teeth at Milk Café in Balwyn, met Vince while managing Finders Keepers in Hawthorn. The pair decided the time was ripe to open up their own cafe, and Blonde seemed the perfect name for […]


The team here promise to bring us good coffee, good food, and good moods. Pinkie is brought to us by Dom & Diana Caruso, the same couple behind No. 19 in Ascot Vale, and St Rose in Essendon. Award-winning interior designer Jean-Pierre Biasol has carefully curated this light filled space, which combines the elegance of black terrazzo, […]

Axil, 50 Lonsdale Street

Axil of 50 Lonsdale Street has come of age.   Last week the crew from Axil Coffee Roasters introduced Melbourne CBD to their new baby. Located in the lobby of the Urban Workshop (a thirty-three level city tower at the top end of Lonsdale Street), this latest offering was designed by ST Styles- the same […]