The Age

The List

Author: Words/Emma Miller Photography/Derek Swalwell
Date: 24/02/2012
Words: 5043
Source: AGE
          Publication: The Age
Section: The Melbourne Magazine
Page: 26
... and the rest of the best. The Coffee Army's top-rated coffees across Melbourne, chosen by region to guarantee there's a decent brew not too far from you.

65 Degrees Cafe

309 Exhibition Street, city

(9662 1080

Machine La Marzocco

Beans Gridlock Coffee house blend, single origins

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.50

Getting the milk to exactly 65 degrees is just one step to a perfect cup of coffee say brothers Jim, Con and Peter Haralambopoulos, who roast beans on-site at this busy cafe.

Brother Baba Budan

359 Little Bourke Street, city

(9606 0449

Machine Synesso Hydra

Beans Seven Seeds house blend, single origins

Milk Jonesy's Dairy Fresh

Caffe latte $3.80

Espresso $3.50

The petite CBD outlet of Seven Seeds, BBB uses its big brother's meticulously sourced and roasted beans, plus all the whiz-bang gadgetry we've come to expect, to produce a superior brew.

Cafenatics

Shop 10, Village Street, 737 Bourke Street, Docklands

(9642 1551

Machines La Marzocco and Synesso

Beans Cafenatics house blend, single origins

Milk Pura

Caffe latte $3.30

Espresso $3.30

Veneziano creates a custom-house blend for Joseph Haddad's 12 Cafenatics outlets, including this store. Daily single origins from Seven Seeds, Market Lane and St Ali also grace the chalkboard.

Cup of Truth

12 Campbell Arcade,

Degraves Street, city

(0405 044 141

Machine Synesso Cyncra

Beans Axil house blend, plus guest blends and single origins

Milk Jonesy's Dairy Fresh

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

Courtney Patterson and Jonathan Freeman (both formerly of Cafe Vue) man the machine at this tiny subterranean cafe, where top-notch espresso, cold-drip and pourovers are available. Leave your coins in the countertop honesty jar.

Elements

833 Collins Street, Docklands

(9629 2288

Machine San Marino

Beans Coffico Coffee signature blend

Milk Riverina Fresh

Caffe latte $3.70

Espresso $3.70

With three baristas working the souped-up San Marino - one heating milk, one extracting and one pouring - the coffee comes fast at Elements. For those drinking in, head to the balcony for dockside views.

League of Honest Coffee

8 Exploration Lane, city

(9654 0169

Machine two customised Slayers

Beans Padre house blend, single origins

Milk Jonesy's Dairy Fresh

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

Marinus Jansen, of Brunswick East Project, opened this new city cafe last year and it has quickly won fans for its own-label Padre coffee, 30 single origins and precision roasting to suit the brew.

Naked Espresso Bar

390 Little Bourke Street, city

(9670 3569

Machines La Marzocco and La Victoria

Beans Naked Espresso blend, single origins

Milk Riverina Fresh

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.50

Named for the "naked", or bottomless, portafilters they use on their espresso machines, this cafe meticulously tailors its bean selection, grinds, tamps and temperatures to the style of coffee you order.

Oliver Lane Espresso

140 Flinders Street, city

(corner Oliver Lane)

Machine Wega

Beans Di Bella premium blend

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.30

Espresso $3

Owner Gigi has been manning the Wega for three years now at her corner pitstop, where the morning crowd can grab a bacon-and-egg pie with their double-shot latte then double back for a jaffle and espresso at lunchtime.

San Paolo Solarino

7 Howey Place, city

(9663 2636

Machine Wega

Beans Signature Roasters

Milk Riverina Fresh

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

This smart Sicilian restaurant upgrades its Wega almost every year, ensuring its slightly chocolatey brews remain consistently good. Late-night shoppers rejoice - coffee is on until 11pm here.

Switchboard Cafe

11 & 12 Manchester Unity

Arcade, 220 Collins Street, city

Machine La Marzocco Linea

Beans Coffee Supreme South blend

Milk Sungold

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

As if the Manchester Building, with its 1932 art deco style, was not appealing enough, Switchboard adds a touch of the surreal, serving up quality coffees, snacks and sweet treats from a tiny former switchboard closet.

95 Espresso

95 Acland Street, St Kilda (9534 7141

Machines La Marzocco Linea and 1959 Gaggia America lever

Beans Sensory Lab Chompy blend, single origins

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

Single origin and Cup of Excellence espressos are exclusively extracted on the chrome-and-gold vintage Gaggia at this serious coffee house, which also offers cold-drip filters. Open late six nights.

Balderdash

295 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

(9077 3813

Machine Synesso Hydra

Beans Five Senses Balderdash blend, weekly single origin

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

With owners who've worked at places including Stokehouse, Botanical and Il Fornaio, Balderdash knows its coffee, from cold-drip filters to a nutty house blend mixing Guatemalan, PNG and Ethiopian beans.

Balmains

117 Were Street, Brighton

(9592 1343

Machine Synesso

Beans Five Senses Dark Horse blend

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.70

Espresso $3.70

While poached eggs and other simple fare are turned out on a small hotplate, all eyes are on the coffee at this new cafe from Zac Balmain, who used to work the floor at St Ali.

Batch Espresso

320 Carlisle Street, Balaclava

(9530 3550

Machine modified Slayer

Beans Coffee Supreme South blend

Milk Riverina Fresh

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $2.80

Expat Kiwi and award-winning barista Jason Chan swears by the 9- to 11-second pre-infusion that his modified coffee machine gives every single cup, ensuring consistency and depth of flavour.

Bent Espresso

Shop 2, 385 Centre Road (enter via Bent Street), Bentleigh

(9557 1339

Machine Nuova Simonelli

Beans Toby's Estate Woolloomoolo blend, single origin

Milk Riverina Fresh

Caffe latte $3.60

Espresso $3.20

Open more than three years, Bent is tucked away off Centre Road and offers single-origin and house-blend espressos as well as Chemex and syphon filter coffees to a discerning local clientele.

Carre Street Deli

4/372 Glen Huntly Road (enter via Carre Street), Elsternwick

(9523 8985

Machine La Marzocco

Beans Coffee Syndicate

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.80

Espresso $3.50

The New York-style pastrami on rye and the house-made cakes have loyal fans, but so too the quality espresso and milk-based coffees. Cold-drip filter brews are served, whiskylike, over ice.

Chez Dre

Rear, 285-287 Coventry Street, South Melbourne

(9690 2688

Machines two Synessos

Beans The Maling Room Symmetry blend, single origins

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.50

This lovely patisserie is as serious about its coffee as it is about its sweets. Single origins are made on a different machine to blends, and a daily coffee-and-macaron tasting board hits the spot.

Dead Man Espresso

35 Market Street,

South Melbourne

(9686 2255

Machine Synesso

Beans Seven Seeds house blend, Market Lane single origins

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.80

Espresso $3.30

With the owners both proteges of Mark Dundon, it's no surprise that their Seven Seeds house blend is carefully tested and tweaked each season. Pour-over, Aeropress and French press filters bring out the best of single origins.

Dr Jekyll

107 Grey Street, St Kilda

(9525 5999

Machine La Marzocco

Beans Espresso Syndicate

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

Owner Matthew Tuck did time at Orange, Cafe Racer and Federal Coffee Palace before bringing good coffee to Grey Street. There are plans for single origins to hit the chalkboard this year.

Figjam Cafe

128 Koornang Road, Carnegie

(9568 1308

Machine La Marzocco

Beans Amanti Orgasmic blend

Milk Riverina Fresh

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.50

Figjam's convenient streetside takeaway window does a steady trade, sending out cups of medium-roast Amanti coffee as well as snappy iced coffees and frappes sweetened with house-made vanilla syrup.

Monk Bodhi Dharma

Rear, 202 Carlisle Street, Balaclava

(9534 7250

Machine Synesso Hydra

Beans house blend roasted

on site; single estates

Milk Schulz Organic

Caffe latte $3.80

Espresso $3.60

Coffee roaster, barista, raw food chef - co-owner Marwin Shaw is passionate about quality. Syphon and pour-over filters use single-estate, not single-origin beans, and skinny milk is not an option.

Nacional

36 Mills Street, Albert Park

(9645 0977

Machine San Marino

Beans Signature Roasters

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.80

Espresso $3.50

Nacional focuses on turning out consistent, quality espressos and doesn't bother itself with the Third Wave. Latte-sipping locals love the chic decor, fab brunches and piles of newspapers.

Nineteen Squares

31 Blessington Street, St Kilda

(8598 9919

Machine San Marco

Beans Coffee Supreme Fairtrade Organic, single origins

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

This well-loved local has just expanded, boosting its floor space from its original 19 squares. But the name remains, and so does the organic, fairtrade coffee and its many loyal fans.

Omar and the Marvellous

Coffee Bird

124 Gardenvale Road,

Gardenvale

(9596 4186

Machine La Marzocco

Beans Omar house roast, single origins

Milk Demeter biodynamic

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

The 12-kilogram on-site roaster and humidity-controlled storage room for raw and roasted beans mean the Omar lads can micro-manage the final product - your excellent cup of filter, espresso or milk-based coffee.

Salford Lads Club

1 Fennell Street,

Port Melbourne

(8534 9957

Machine San Marco

Beans Coffee Supreme South blend

Milk Jonesy's Dairy Fresh

Caffe latte $3.80

Espresso $3

With a name inspired by a Smiths album sleeve and a custom pink coffee machine on the counter, this cafe oozes cool. The house blend was selected to produce a premium milk-based coffee, popular in this part of town.

St Ali

12-18 Yarra Place,

South Melbourne

(9686 2990

Machines Synesso, Slayer nd La Marzocco

Beans St Ali Cult of Done house blend, single origins

Milk Demeter biodynamic

Caffe latte $4

Espresso $3

With 2011 Australian barista champion Matt Perger recently joining the team, this iconic small-batch roaster is sure to go from strength to strength. Three filter options and changing single origins ensure variety.

Whyte

1122 Glen Huntly Road,

Glen Huntly

(9569 2212

Machine Wega Polaris

Beans Di Bella Coffee premium blend, single origins

Milk Riverina Fresh

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.20

Recently bought and given a makeover by the owners of Elsternwick's Artful Dodger, Whyte turns out coffee from its aqua blue Wega and now offers siphon and cold-drip.

apte

538 Heidelberg Road, Alphington

(9482 2991

Machine Synesso

Beans Five Senses apte blend, single origins

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.50

Apte's baristas visit the Five Senses academy every two weeks to hone their craft and get inspired. It seems to work - their espresso and filter coffees are carefully calibrated to match the seasons.

Atomica

268 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

(9417 4255

Machine La Marzocco

Beans Atomica Dark Roast blend, single origins

Milk Metro

Caffe latte $3.80

Espresso $3.80

Now roasting offsite to meet wholesale demands, Atomica's Brunswick Street cafe is considered the company showroom. The house roast delivers a gutsy Italian-style espresso, or try a single origin matched to a pastry.

Boundary Espresso

107 Plenty Road, Preston

(9484 0620

Machine Wega

Beans Coffee Supreme, single origins

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.20

Dave Morgan brings third-wave coffee to Preston with a fairtrade organic blend in his regular brews, a cold press, and a weekly rotating single origin.

Brunswick East Project

438 Lygon Street,

Brunswick East

(9939 8422

Machines two customised Slayers

Beans Padre blend, single origins

Milk Jonesy's Dairy Fresh

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

Former mathematician Marinus Jansen took a leap of faith opening this coffee-focused cafe in 2008. Now with three outlets, he roasts single-origin green beans under the Padre label to ensure quality control.

Campos Coffee

144 Elgin Street, Carlton

(9347 7445

Machines La Marzocco, Slayer

Beans Campos superior blend, single origins

Milk Pura

Caffe latte $3.60

Espresso $3.20

Slayer single-origin espresso $4

Staff do daily cupping sessions here and the public can join in on Fridays to learn about Campos's crop-to-cup approach. Different single origins are teamed to different brewing methods to get the best results.

De Clieu

187 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

(9416 4661

Machine: La Marzocco Strada

Beans Seven Seeds house blend, single origins

Milk Jonesy's Dairy Fresh

Caffe latte $3.80

Espresso $3.50

The latest cafe and retail store from coffee gurus Mark Dundon and Bridget Amor, De Clieu offers a daily single-origin, pourover and cold-drip filter brews and, of course, a killer house blend, in chic surrounds.

The Espresso Room

410 High Street, Northcote

(9489 4000

Machine Synesso

Beans Espresso Room No. 6 blend, single origins

Milk A2

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

Nick Petropoulos roasts coffee the old-fashioned way, in a restored 1950s machine that supplies his small shopfront. Six single origins make up the No. 6 house blend; high-altitude Veracruz beans grace the Mexican.

The First Pour

26 Bond Street, Abbotsford

(9421 4631

Machine: La Marzocco

Beans Veneziano Bond Street blend, single origins

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

The roasters and baristas work hand in hand at this showroom cafe for Veneziano Coffee, adapting their blends and roasts to extract the best from seasonal beans. Coffee classes run weekly, from beginners to advanced.

Penny Farthing Espresso

206 High Street, Northcote

(9482 2246

Machine Synesso Hydra

Beans Industry Beans, single origins and single estates

Milk Jonesy's Dairy Fresh

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

Brothers Trevor and Steve Simmons roast, brew and retail coffee from this quaint Northcote shopfront, including a single-origin decaf and their vintage espresso blend featuring Sumatran, Colombian, PNG, Guatemalan and Brazilian beans.

Red Door Corner Store

70 Mitchell Street, Northcote

(9489 8040

Machine Synesso

Beans Symmetry blend, from the Maling Room

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.50

This smart little neighbourhood cafe with a charming rear courtyard stretches from dainty cupcakes and Dench toast for a snack to full-blown meals such as pappardelle with braised goat for a reasonable $15. Visitors can expect reliable coffee from the Synesso with the custom house blend augmented by regularly changing weekly single origins.

Seven Seeds

106-114 Berkeley Street, Carlton

(9347 8664

Machine Slayer 2.0

Beans Seven Seeds house blend, single origins

Milk Jonesy's Dairy Fresh

Caffe latte $3.80

Espresso $3.50

Housing the Seven Seeds roastery, this airy warehouse cafe is a temple to all things caffeinated. Come for meticulously sourced, stored and roasted beans, syphon and cold-drip filters and their trademark espresso.

Wide Open Road

274 Barkly Street, Brunswick

(9387 6079

Machine Synesso

Beans Wide Open Road Bathysphere blend

Milk Jonesy's Dairy Fresh

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

Opened last year opposite Barkly Square, this cafe from the team behind A Minor Place roasts beans on-site, including changing weekly single origins. Pourovers and iced pourovers are also available.

Foxy Brown

31a South Crescent, Northcote

(9481 4454

Machine Custom BFC Synchro

Beans boutique blends from independent roasterBailey Coffee

Milk Demeter biodynamic unhomogenised

Caffe latte $3.70

Espresso $3.40

Boy, are these guys into coffee: they have a custom espresso machine and source their own beans widely (PNG, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and beyond) and have them roasted by an independent specialist in North Melbourne. Ask for a "cortado" - a half-strength half-latte from a single-origin bean.

7 Grams

505 Church Street, Richmond

(9429 8505

Machine La Marzocco

Beans Veneziano Coffee

Milk Pura

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.50

Office workers and homewares shoppers queue out the door at 7 Grams during peak periods, so the crack team of baristas tackle one stage of coffee production each to keep the line moving.

Axil Coffee Roasters

322 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

(9819 0091

Machine La Marzocco

Beans Axil seasonal espresso blend

Milk Pura

Caffe latte $3.80

Espresso $3.50

Axil's new cafe on Burwood Road also houses its 22-kilogram, 1962 Probat roaster, prized for its cast-iron construction and even heat. Chemex, Clever Dripper and Aeropress filters are available.

Capital Kitchen

Shop G043, Chadstone

Shopping Centre, Chadstone

(9563 4144

Machine Wega

Beans Small Batch Cowpuncher blend

Milk Metro

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.50

Dodge the food court and head here, where the coffee is ground to order and the house blend, from Auction Rooms' Small Batch roastery, punches through milk.

Choclatte

Rear, 827 Burke Road,

Camberwell

(9882 1011

Machine La Marzocca

Beans Axil seasonal espresso blend, single origins

Milk Riverina Fresh

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

Purists can have their Axil blends and single origins here. But don't miss this cafe's signature choclatte drink, which teams Lindt chocolate with warm milk and a shot

of espresso.

Coin Laundry

61 Armadale Street, Armadale

(9500 1888

Machine La Marzocco

Beans Allpress Supremo blend

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

Since 2010, this corner cafe has been fortifying the good folk of Armadale with great food and consistently smooth, creamy coffees, courtesy of skilled baristas and New Zealand's Allpress coffee.

Collective Espresso

3 Cookson Street, Camberwell

(9882 8995

Machine Synesso

Beans Five Senses Crompton Road blend, single origins

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

Co-owner and head barista Mark Jacobson has been working a coffee machine since he was a 16-year-old in Canada. Single-origin espressos, as well as pourover and French press filters are available.

Dukes Coffee Roasters

169 Chapel Street, Windsor

(9521 4884

Machine La Marzocco Mistral

Beans Dukes seasonal house blend, single origins

Milk Riverina Fresh

Caffe latte $3.80

Espresso $3.50

Coffee fiends can choose from four house-roasted single origins daily at Dukes - two espressos and two filters - as well as the excellent house blend. Don't forget to bag some beans for home.

Friends of Mine

506 Swan Street, Richmond

(9428 7516

Machine La Marzocco

Beans Allpress

Milk Sungold

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

You might spot a brunching AFL star or pop starlet at this charming corner cafe, which offers one Allpress blend for black coffees and another for white. Tables are scarce on weekends.

Hobba

428 Malvern Road, Prahran

(9510 8336

Machine Synesso

Beans Five Senses house blend, single origins

Milk Jonesy's Dairy Fresh

Caffe latte $3.80

Espresso $3.50

From the owners of Willim Espresso Bar in Malvern comes Hobba, an 80 seater offering Five Senses single origins, plus weekly guest roasts from the likes of Proud Mary and Sensory Lab.

Jones the Grocer

Shop F032, Chadstone

Shopping Centre, Chadstone

(9530 4823

Machine La Marzocca

Beans Jones the Grocer espresso blend

Milk Riverina Fresh

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.30

This global gourmet grocer uses beans from Brazil, Sumatra, Costa Rica and Ethiopia in its eponymous house blend and also sells take-home packs of single origin and Cup of Excellence beans.

Liar Liar

90 Kinkora Road, Hawthorn

(9818 8864

Machine Synesso Hydra

Beans Sensory Lab house blend, single origins

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.50

With Australia's only four-group Synesso machine, plus a filter bar brimming with lab-like options, this cafe takes its coffee seriously. Several single origins are chalked up on the board daily.

Market Lane Coffee

Shop 13, Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra

(9804 7434

Machine Synesso Hydra

Beans Market Lane seasonal espresso blend, single origins

Milk Schulz Organic

Caffe latte $4

Espresso $3.50

With its sister company, Melbourne Coffee Merchants, importing premium green coffee beans, Market Lane has the pick of the crop. Buy some beans, take home-brew lessons or taste a flight of single origins.

Oak Room

Shop 4, 305 High Street,

Ashburton

(9885 3338

Machine La Marzocco

Beans Gridlock Coffee, single origins

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.50

Owner Ken Taing cut his teeth making coffees for fussy academics and students at Swinburne Uni's Hawthorn campus. His new cafe uses a Gridlock blend for milky coffees and single origins for espressos.

Ora

156 Pakington Street, Kew

(9855 2002

Machine La Marzocco Strada

Beans Proud Mary house blend, guest single origins

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.50

Co-owner and head barista John Vroom was runner-up in the Australian Siphon Championships last year, so it's no wonder that Ora's red-glowing syphon bar gets a workout, along with French press, pourover and cold-drip.

Pillar of Salt

541 Church Street, Richmond

(9421 1550

Machine Synesso

Beans Five Senses Pillar blend, single origins

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.50

There's no looking back for Brothers Kael and Matthew Sahely, whose first cafe venture together has won over locals keen for a cup of their quality espresso, syphon and six-hour cold-drip coffee.

The Pour Kids

1e Winter Street, Malvern

(9077 3847

Machine La Marzocco

Beans Axil Coffee Roasters

Milk Pura

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.20

Barista and co-owner Ryan Storey honed his craft at Cafenatics before opening this kid-friendly place just off Glenferrie Road. Consistency is Storey's main aim when pouring coffees here.

Sicilian Orange

115 Greville Street, Prahran

(9510 1051

Machine La Marzocco

Bean Signature Roasters Coffee

Milk Riverina Fresh

Caffe latte $3.40

Espresso $3

Regulars at this four-year-old Greville Street cafe come for barista Paolo Marmina's classic, Italian-style coffee - as well as the delicious Sicilian cannoli, chocolate-filled cornetto and amaretti biscuits.

Sissi & Co

1290 Malvern Road, Malvern

(9822 8268

Machine Synesso

Beans Five Senses Crompton Road blend

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.50

As the woman behind iconic Hawksburn cafe and catering business Tangelo for 15 years, Kirsty Low knows quality. Locals can't go past her wonderful cakes and biscuits, the perfect foil for a full-bodied Five Senses coffee.

St Edmonds

Rear, 154 Greville Street, Prahran

(9525 0473

Machine Synesso Cyncra

Beans St Edmonds house blend

Milk Jonesy's Dairy Fresh

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.50

The barista at St Edmonds uses Espresso Syndicate's roaster to create a house blend that is big-bodied and robust enough to cut through milk - lattes and flat whites being the most popular brews here.

Tusk

133 Chapel Street, Windsor

(9529 1198

Machine Wega

Beans Di Bella

Milk Jonesy's Dairy Fresh

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.50

From 8am until midnight, seven days a week, Tusk delivers a caffeine fix to Swinburne students, shoppers and night owls. They come for gutsy Italian-style espresso and a Chapel-side table.

Willim Espresso Bar

90 Union Street, Malvern

(9509 8506

Machine Synesso

Beans Five Senses house blend, single origins

Milk Jonesy's Dairy Fresh

Caffe latte $3.80

Espresso $3.50

With just a handful of tables, Willim's focus is predominantly on the coffee, including changing single origins and a Swiss water-filter decaf. Expansion plans are slated for later this year.

Aura

200 High Street, Lower

Templestowe

(9850 4007

Machine San Marino

Beans Lavazza

Milk Riverina Fresh

Caffe latte $3.20

Espresso $2.80

Consistency is key at Aura, with co-owner Paul Merheb checking the grind and pours throughout the day to ensure a high-quality brew. The house blend is well suited to the milk-based coffees popular here.

Bridges Restaurant

1075 Heidelberg-Kinglake Road, Hurstbridge

(9718 0099

Machine Azkoyen

Beans Grinders Coffee Brazil blend

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.30

Espresso $3

Set in bushland along Diamond Creek, this is a great spot for a smooth cup of Grinders coffee. An art gallery and nursery add to the appeal.

Caffe Romeo

319 Doncaster Road,

Balwyn North

(9857 6444

Machine La Marzocco

Beans Caffe Romeo premium blend

Milk Dairy Farmers

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

Caffe Romeo roasts beans on site, offering a rich house blend and decaf to customers at their busy cafe. However, house-roasted packs of single-origin beans are available to take home.

Chit Chats on Berwick Hill

34 High Street, Berwick

(9707 3356

Machine Ruggero Beans Monte special bar blend

Milk Pauls

Caffe latte $3.30

Espresso $3.30

It's mostly lattes, cappuccinos and flat whites out Berwick way, and Chit Chats ensures freshness by grinding per cup. It is also known for its gluten-free cakes, which draw customers from far and wide.

Chosen Bean

9a Mountain Gate Shopping Centre, 1880 Ferntree Gully Road, Ferntree Gully

(9752 2489

Machine Expobar

Beans Chosen Bean house blend, single origins

Milk Sungold

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

Good coffee is available in the foothills of the Dandenongs. At Chosen Bean, there's a seasonal house blend that's often strong on Sumatran varietals, plus several single origins, all roasted on site.

Coco Maya

177 Burgundy Street,

Heidelberg

(9459 9989

Machine Expobar

Beans Jasper Coffee Brasil Santos

Milk Pauls

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.50

Coffee and chocolate is a winning combination and even more so when that coffee is Jasper, the house bean is a single origin and the handmade chocolates are from around the globe.

Coffee Hit

Shop G217, Westfield Doncaster Shopping Centre,

619 Doncaster Road, Doncaster (9840 7725

Machine La Marzocco

Beans Coffee Hit Ultimate Hit

Milk Pura

Caffe latte $3.40

Espresso $3

If aroma is the latest merchandising tool, Coffee Hit must be drawing them in like flies. Its five-kilogram on-site roaster turns out six different blends, from "serene" to "fiend", as well as the occasional single origin.

Degani Bakery Cafe

Shop 49, Westfield Plenty

Valley, McDonalds Road, South Morang

(9436 5951

Machine BFC

Beans Degani house roast

Milk Pura

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

All Degani cafes use the chain's house blend, which works well with both milk-based and black coffees. Cakes such as millefeuille, flourless orange or the evil-sounding Mars Bar cake are popular accompaniments.

Dolce Espresso

Shop FC10, Westfield

Doncaster Shopping Centre, 619 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

(9848 2522

Machine La Marzocco

Beans Dolce Espresso house blends

Milk Pura

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.50

Paul Giannarelli made his first coffee at 13, helping out at his parents' cafe. He now offers four blends - an espresso, a milk-based brew, a fairtrade organic and a decaf - as well as divine Italian cakes.

Donut King

Level 1, Greensborough Plaza Shopping Centre, Greensborough

(9434 4449

Machine SAB

Beans Donut King Royal

Bean blend

Milk Pura

Caffe latte $3.30

Espresso $3.30

Getting good coffee in a shopping mall isn't easy but this Donut King outlet keeps the punters happy with the chain's house blend, well-trained baristas and, of course, those doughnuts.

Eaglemont Dish

72 Silverdale Road, Eaglemont

(9499 2566

Machine Azyoken

Beans Di Mattina Prima Tazza

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

Barista Timothy Morris is giving coffee a boost at this village cafe, where regulars can enjoy a Di Mattina latte with one of the cakes made in-house, or grab an espresso after a full meal.

Indulgent Cakes

44 Were Street, Montmorency

(9435 9402

Machine La Marzocco

Beans Atomica dark roast

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.60

Espresso $3

Jimmy Kaloudis mans the coffee machine while his brother George and their mum turn out delicious Greek cakes at this friendly cafe. Getting the milk temperature just right is key, says Jimmy.

The Maling Room

206 Canterbury Road,

Canterbury

(9836 9889

Machine Synesso

Beans The Maling Room Symmetry blend, single origins

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.60

Espresso $3.40

Andrew Lew was one of the pioneers of Melbourne's specialty coffee scene. His cafe and roastery offers single origin and Cup of Excellence espressos and filters, including a potent 24-hour cold-drip.

Miss Marie

45 Beetham Parade, Rosanna

Machine Synesso

Beans Five Senses Dark Horse blend

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.20

Opened just a year ago, Paul and Vanessa Parrella's sweet Rosanna cafe turns out great, full-bodied cafe lattes and cappuccinos, courtesy of a double ristretto base that really cuts through the milk.

Snow Pony

95 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn

(9816 8911

Machine La Marzocco

Beans Allpress

Milk Sungold

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

From the team behind Friends of Mine and Porgie + Mr Jones, this casual cafe is a winner with Balwyn mums and dads, offering great coffee, a courtyard and paper and crayons for the kids.

The Station House Food and Drinks

110 South Parade, Blackburn

(9894 0041

Machine San Marco

Beans Coffee Supreme supreme blend

Milk Pura

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

Husband-and-wife team Adrian and Elizabeth Green opened this smart cafe last year, with CBD-standard coffee one of their goals. Coffee Supreme beans are for sale and you can, of course, get a great cup, too.

Station Street Cafe

& Wine Bar

26 Station Street, Nunawading

(9878 9383

Machine Wega

Beans Gravity Six Degrees Darker blend, single origins

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.20

Among the fast-food chains and furniture megastores of Nunawading, this three-year-old cafe offers a weekly Gravity single-origin espresso and a sweet, slightly darker roast house blend.

Warrandyte Cafe

61 Yarra Street, Warrandyte

(9844 0365

Machine Wega

Beans Genovese

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.40

Espresso $3.40

Tammy Cromwell used to be a customer at this relaxed riverside cafe until she bought it five years ago. Now, she turns out countless cups of coffee for other folk enjoying Warrandyte's charms.

Red Cup Cafe

1124 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill

(9899 1893

Machine Wega

Beans Genovese

Milk Procal

Caffe Latte $4.20

Espresso $3.80

This two-year-old cafe plays

a straight bat with a regular Genovese blend, aiming for consistency and reliability with a bit of an inner-city vibe. Attractive corner location with outdoor seating.

The Corner Cafe

on Woodland

62-64 Woodland Street, Strathmore

(9374 4757

Machine San Marco

Beans Coffee Supreme organic blend

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.40

Espresso $3.20

Open two years, this friendly eatery opposite Strathmore Station turns out reliable coffees using Coffee Supreme organic beans, plus killer breakfasts such as the "Woodland Stack".

Corner Shop

11 Ballarat Street, Yarraville

(9689 0052

Machine Slayer

Beans Coffee Supreme South blend

Milk Jonesy's Dairy Fresh

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

Owner Iain Munro recently upgraded to a Slayer coffee machine, giving his baristas more control over pre-infusion and extracting more flavour from the beans. He reckons his brews are even smoother now.

Cupcakes by Paolo

28c Ashley Street,

West Footscray

(9689 1983

Machine Magister

Beans Beraldo Coffee

Milk Coles full-cream

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.50

Cupcake maestro Paulo Esmaquel opened this shop late last year after outgrowing his stall at the Footscray Market. He teams his sweet treats with his favourite brand of coffee, Beraldo.

The Duchess of Spotswood

87 Hudsons Road,

Spotswood

(9391 6016

Machine La Marzocco

Beans Small Batch Candyman blend, single origins

Milk Jonesy's Dairy Fresh

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

The Duchess's fine house blend, or their weekly guest blend or single origin, are extra good when teamed with a house-made jam roly poly or chocolate and stout cake.

Fix Espresso

1 Everage Street,

Moonee Ponds

(0417 030 179

Machine San Marco

Beans Brewhouse and Grata blends, single origins

Milk Pura

Caffe latte $3.70

Espresso $3

Two Bendigo roasters supply Fix with beans: Grata's Bombora blend is a rich mocha style, while the new Brewhouse roastery's El Bosque single origin produces an easy drinking house coffee, black or white.

honey & coco

42b Hall Street, Newport

(9399 4493

Machine La Marzocco Linea

Beans Delano Divino blend, single origins

Milk Pura

Caffe latte $3.40

Espresso $3

Named after the owners' golden retrievers, this Newport newbie favours ethically sourced, medium-roast beans from Sydney's Delano Coffee as its house blend, because it easily cuts through milk.

Luca Haus

86a Charles Street, Seddon

(9687 0039

Machine Expobar

Beans Jasper Coffee Ethiopia Yirgacheffe, single origins

Milk Pura

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

This two-year-old cafe and provisions store covers a lot of ground in its search for the perfect coffee. Seven single origins and several blends, including two organic decafs, are brewed here.

Mies Coffee Bar

85 Hudsons Road, Spotswood

(0433 063 224

Machine La Marzocco

Beans St Ali house blends, single origins

Milk Sungold

Caffe latte $3.20

Espresso $2.50

Architecture buffs can admire Mies Coffee Bar's Farnsworth House-inspired coffee bench while also enjoying the well-rounded mouthfeel of a couple of St Ali blends and a daily single origin.

Nabiha

10 Hall Street, Moonee Ponds

Machine Synesso

Beans Five Senses Nabiha blend

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3.50

This tiny cafe offers a tailor-made Five Senses blend for espressos and another for milk-based coffees, with beans from Columbia, PNG, Brazil and Costa Rica. Occasional single origins are brewed too.

Petitou

206 Somerville Road,

Kingsville

(9004 4563

Machine Expobar

Beans Jasper Coffee Juliet blend

Milk Procal

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

Catering to les petites and their parents, this cafe pours a lovely Jasper fairtrade organic house brew, plus a Peru decaf. House-made sausage rolls, cakes and colouring books also ease the pain.

the pint of milk

19 North Road, Newport

(9391 6641

Machine Synesso

Beans Gridlock Coffee house blend, single origins

Milk Jonesy's Dairy Fresh

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $2.50

Amin Elmenawi and his sister Yvonne grew up in their parents' milk bars, so breathing new life into this former mixed business was a piece of cake. Changing single origins complement Gridlock's tasty house blend.

The Premises

202 Bellair Street, Kensington

(9376 7565

Machine La Marzocco Linea

Beans Seven Seeds house blend, single origins

Milk Jonesy's Dairy Fresh

Caffe latte $3.80

Espresso $3.50

Seven Seeds provides a seasonal espresso blend while Market Lane, Small Batch and Proud Mary chip in with single origins at this polished cafe. The "Nana Kath" chocolate brownie is also a hit.

Roller Door

13 Stawell Street,

West Melbourne

(0449 208 681

Machine San Marco

Beans Coffee Supreme Organic blend

Milk Barambah Organics

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

With new indoor seating as well as the small outdoor deck of this converted back shed, Roller Door can now slake the thirsts of more punters in need of a cup of its earthy, dark-roasted house blend.

Social Roasting Company

307 Racecourse Road,

Flemington

(9372 3288

Machine La Marzocco

Beans Social Roasting Company Social blend, single origins

Milk Riverina Fresh

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3

Owned by Fair Business, a not-for-profit that helps the long-term unemployed, this cafe buys, roasts and sells ethically sourced beans, making deliveries by bike when they can. Grab a guilt-free cup.

Wee Jeanie

50 Anderson Street, Yarraville

(9687 7187

Machine Slayer

Beans Coffee Supreme South blend, single origins

Milk Jonesy's Dairy Fresh

Caffe latte $3.50

Espresso $3-$4

Corner Shop's wee little sister is adjacent to Yarraville station so it's more of a drop-in, quick-fix kind of place. There are Chemex filters when time allows, but bright espressos are the main game.

 
 
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