Monday, 13 July 2015

Cafe Hopping At Melbourne

I went to Melbourne last May/June, one thing for sure: I never missed any chances to visit few of the best cafe in Melbourne.

The capital city of Victoria is home to many cafe pioneering the third wave coffee culture. Third wave coffee is a term coined in early year 2000, which generally reflects to coffee revolution where people are putting more attention to drink quality coffee - the specialty coffee, the transparency which reveal the origin of good beans & the farm, followed by bean processing, roasting and brewing method, which eventually lead to some good cafe with great ambient. Thus not the best words to summarize what are being offered in Melbourne, I must say: Melbourne is one of the holy-land of coffee lovers!

I've visited:

1) Sensory Lab
There are two Sensory Lab in Melbourne (another cafe at Bondi Beach, Sydney), I went to the first Sensory Lab outlet at Gentlemen's Department of David Jones. The slow bar area is rather big, too bad they do not brew-by-order for customer. So the slow bar ended up as product shelves. At any time there will be one or two types of filter coffee made available, which were kept warm in a thermos after brewed.

I was offered a three course coffee by barista Todd. Espresso was Seamless Blend of Columbia and Panama. Cappucino was using another house blend which was made from Columbia and Brazil. The third course was the filter coffee - the natural processed Brazil Sitio Barras which has plummy and sweet note.

Sensory Lab

Sensory Lab

Sensory Lab

Sensory Lab

Espresso

Cappuccino 

Filter - Brazil Sitio Barras

Sensory Lab

Sensory Lab

BUSINESS HOUR:
Sun-Wed: 9.30AM - 7.00PM
Thu-Fri: 9.30AM - 9.00PM
Sat: 9.00AM - 7.00PM

ADDRESS:
Level 1 David Jones
310 Bourke St
Melbourne VIC 3000


2) St. ALi
Did I mention Sensory Lab were part of the St. ALi family? Yes they are! And I bet you don't already know that the name "St Ali" was taken from the name of a missionary dated back in the 15th century? Ali ibn Umar al-Shadhili discovered the wakefulness property of coffee in Ethiopia, and was generally believed responsible to spread coffee to Arabic countries.

St. ALi Coffee Shop at Yarra Place has a dimmed, and carefully separated zones to suit different types of diners - be it a single traveller like me, or sitting in a group exchanging thoughts until the sunset. The service was fast, although left me clueless when I stood in front a wall of coffee beans - I have to read each of the description one by one to decide.

Bought home some beans from St.Ali, they are a cafe as well as a roastery

St. ALi

St. ALi

Flat White - from St. ALi
Outstanding cup of coffee, using one of St. ALi house blend, the Flat White was rich and creamy, sweet with chocolaty finish.
Too bad, when I arrived the kitchen has been closed.

St. ALi
Occupies a quiet warehouse at Yarra Place, which is less than 10 min taxi ride from Southern Cross Station, Melbourne

Do you see that angel? :)

BUSINESS HOUR:
7:00am - 6:00pm

PHONE:
(03) 9686 2990

ADDRESS:
12-18 Yarra Pl, South Melbourne VIC 3205

TRAM:
1) 112 Tram: Stop 127 Clarendon St/York St
2) 96 Tram: Stop 127 South Melbourne Market


3) Proud Mary Coffee Roasters & Cafe
It was a Sunday morning, the winter breeze recorded low around 8 degree Celcius - one of the coldest morning during our holiday in Melbourne. My colleague John & I already reached the door-step before 8AM to witness the morning crowd at Proud Mary - despite being a cold winter Sunday, there were already around 10 people waiting the cafe to open. There must be a reason why this roastery cafe owned a 6 group head espresso machine - Synesso to be exact, to cater for busy and hungry coffee-goer!

Proud Mary

Proud Mary

Good to see you - 6 Group Head Synesso :)
Ironically, I don't have enough time to try their espresso beverage :(

I bought a 2 bags of beans of my filter at home

Proud Mary

The slow bar area

Filter - Kenya Kiunga
I found berry and lemon-like acidity - distinctive flavours extracted from the Kenyan 

Proud Mary
Thanks to my colleague John who took this photo for me!

172 Proud Mary and the famous chimney


BUSINESS HOUR:
Monday – Friday 7am to 4pm
Saturday – Sunday 8am to 4pm

PHONE:
+61 3 9417 5930

ADDRESS:
172 Oxford Street
Collingwood, VIC 3066
(10min taxi ride from Bourke Street during Sunday morning)


4) Filter by Smallbatch
The team behind Filter are Smallbatch Coffee Roasting Co., who was also started Auction Room - one of the mostly awarded cafe in Melbourne. I was actually planned to visit but unable to make it - I was on a company trip. The closest way I could get to sample Auction Room, was by visiting their sister cafe at 555 Collins Street, Melbourne.

Situated next to a busy road, the Filter by Smallbatch is minimalist inspiring from the Nordic's architecture. Menu-wise, I couldn't lift my eyes away from the small 250g brown bags and wish to bring every one back - I opted to try the Leonardo Lopez - a single origin from Columbia named after its producer. My coffee was prepared by using a Hario V60, 16g of ground coffee to 250g of water, stirred while blooming. The tastenote? Sweet grape and toffee.

Coffee by Smallbatch Roasting Co.

V60

Delicious cup of pourover coffee

Filter by Smallbatch

Filter by Smallbatch

Filter by Smallbatch


BUSINESS HOUR:
Monday to Friday 7am-4pm

PHONE: N/A

ADDRESSS:
555 Collins St
Melbourne VIC

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