I hate coffee, so I’ve commissioned Anthony Harrisson (@anthonyharrison) as a guest blogger to provide his Top Three : Coffee.
Please note that this post is not about cafes, purely about coffee.
Writing a review on ‘Melbourne’s best coffee’ is a contentious one given the subjective nature of the topic.
When reviewing this topic we can be somewhat objective ensuring barista, bean, machine & environment are all in check but sometimes a good coffee comes down to the person – what they like/dislike & how they’re feeling on the day.
We’re fortunate to be in the best city in the world for coffee. I’ve enjoyed brews from Europe to the Americas and I’d challenge anyone that can put forward another city with the diversity and quality of coffee that Melbourne has to offer.
Market Lane Coffee serve, without doubt, the best coffee in Melbourne. They source amazing product from the key coffee growing countries in the world. They roast in-house creating some amazing blends and also offer a huge range of single origin coffee. Their cafes serve espresso coffee as double shot which gives a full flavoured, strong taste. I rate Market Lane on their alternate brewing menu as is always flush with their great coffee available in simple filter form. If you’ve never sampled black coffee before then head to Market Lane and enjoy a pour over – it’s just like indulging with a fine wine! While you’re there pick up a bag of their Cascara Tea. It’s a refreshing drink made from the dried cherry pulp leftover after the coffee been has been washed and dried.
Seven Seeds are synonymous around Melbourne for producing amazing coffee. Not only do they have a ripping cafe in Carlton they also supply a number of great Melbourne cafes including Dead Man Espresso and The Premises (among many others) plus owning De Clieu and Brother Baba Budan. Seven Seeds get my vote for the best espresso coffee in the city.
The Age/Melbourne Magazine Coffee Army recently voted Auction Rooms as the Number 1 coffee in Melbourne. Their espresso blend (called Candyman) is distinctive and flavoursome and in summer don’t forget to try their cold brew – it is nectar of the gods!
My tips for finding good coffee
Melbourne has a great independent cafe scene so feel free to pick a suburb and explore. My rules for finding good coffee:
- Look if they do alternate brewing techniques (filter coffee such as aeropress, pour over etc.) if they’re into this side of things then they usually care about coffee enough to make it exceptional.
- Look for a good brand espresso machine – La Marzocco, Synesso and Slayer are what the top tier guys choose. In my mind a cafe owner isn’t going to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a machine and pump out crap.
- Look at the beans and the barista – if the coffee is from an independent roaster then that’s great. If the barista is sampling and tasting as he/she is making every once-in-a-while then even better. They’re my rules for success – they’ve very rarely let me down!
Unfortunately this blog is all about the Top 3 – those that miss out by a whisker are Padre, St Ali, Axil & Proud Mary. Also not sure why I haven’t but I’m yet to sample Patricia Coffee and Clement Coffee both of which I’ve heard great things. I’ll post an update if they crack it into the top 3!
I want to thank Anthony for writing this Top Three blog. Shame he broke all the rules by adding a footnote! Was too scared to go out on a limb and provide only three.