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 […]

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 […]

Good Times Milk Bar

Let the Good Times Roll! They say good times become great memories. I believe it! A visit to Good Times Milk Bar has left me with nothing but great memories. Brent Scales and Brett Louis have spent the past two years converting an existing milk bar and adjoining dwelling into Bentleigh’s hottest new café. They […]


‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]