Melbourne residents take their coffee very seriously. Fortunately you don’t have to venture too far to find an excellent cup of coffee. Even in the suburbs, there’s always a delicious coffee waiting seemingly around every corner. Get amongst Melbourne’s coffee culture at one of these amazing cafes.
St Ali is the passion project of Salvatore Malatesta. He and his team were the leaders of the pack when it comes to specialty coffee in Melbourne. They’ve searched South and Central America, Africa, and Asia for the most highly rated and in-demand coffee beans. Visit their industrial chic building in South Melbourne for brews and brunch. A specialty is their barista breakfast, which includes an espresso, cappuccino, and filter coffee. With free shipping Australia-wide, you also don’t have to be a Melbourne-based coffee lover to enjoy St Ali’s specialty range.
Founded by Nolan Hirte, Proud Mary is based in both Melbourne and Portland, Oregon—what some would call Melbourne’s sister city in the United States. Proud Mary is a coffee roaster, retailer, and cafe in Collingwood. They also manage the Collingwood Coffee College. The newest addition to the Proud Mary family is Aunty Peg’s, a black coffee brew bar. They also do fortnightly coffee subscriptions, so you are never left coffee-less in the morning.
Everyday Coffee has three locations across Melbourne. Firstly, there’s Everyday Coffee Collingwood, which is open 365 days a year. Everyday Midtown is located on Little Collins Street in the city, and All Are Welcome is found in Northcote. What all of these locations have in common is excellent coffee and delectable daily pastries. Everyday roasts their own filter and espresso coffee too, which can be purchased on their website.
Brothers Steve and Trevor Simmons founded Industry Beans in 2010. Housed in an award-winning warehouse conversion in hipster Fitzroy, Industry Beans is a coffee roastery, cafe, and brew bar. They have three flagship blends: Fitzroy Street, Rose Street, and Seasonal. In 2016, they introduced the Bubble Cup, which combines cold brew coffee with coffee-soaked tapioca pearls, and a house-made consoy. Their seasonal brunch menu, created by Head Chef James Sanders, brings in a crowd every weekend.
Higher Ground is as well-known for its rustic interior as it is for its specialty coffee. Square One Coffee Roasters is the exclusive roaster for Higher Ground and its sister properties: Top Paddock and The Kettle Black. They specialise in both espresso and filter roasts. The food at Higher Ground is also worth noting. Executive Chef, Nate Wilkins has created a menu of imaginative pairings, which focus on local and fresh produce.
Dukes Coffee Roasters are an Australian-based specialty coffee roasting company. They’re committed to bringing the “best selection of exceptionally grown, amazing tasting, and in-season specialty coffees to cafes and consumers in Australia.” Although their roastery and training facilities are in Richmond, their flagship store is located in Ross House on Flinders Lane. The bustling city centre location is always busy with workers stopping by to get the perfect cup of coffee to start their day.