Founded in 2010 by brothers Steve and Trevor Simmons, Industry Beans began as a garage operation and has become one of Melbourne’s leading coffee roasters. The open-planned warehouse conversion in Fitzroy offers a changing selection of espresso, pour over, AeroPress, and cold drip coffee to enjoy alongside chef Jess Allen’s brunch menu, making it the ideal place to kick off your day.
Warehouse 3, 62 Rose St, Fitzroy VIC, Australia +61 3 9417 103
Dukes serves the environment by serving customers environmentally sustainable blends, allowing you to wake up and have your morning coffee with a clean conscious. Owner Peter Frangoulis prides himself on the attention to detail that each cup of coffee is given. Look for the green storefront and take not of the recycled French tiles as you sip on crisp filtered coffee and full-bodied lattes that are vibrant in taste and ethical in heart.
247 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC, Australia +61 03 9417 5578
During the 17th century, Baba Budan strapped seven seeds of coffee to his waist and travelled from Yemen to India, providing the world with Arabic coffee. In 21st century Melbourne, Seven Seeds café opened in Carlton, inspired by Baba Budan’s determination to spread coffee to furthest reaches of the world. Step through the unassuming storefront into a warehouse-style café with high ceilings and polished concrete floors and order from the all-day breakfast menu dishes that complement the Ethiopian, Colombian, and Brazilian roasts.
106-114 Berkeley St, Carlton VIC, Australia +61 03 9347 8664
Husband and wife Dave Makin and Zoe Delany founded Axil as a specialty coffee roaster and café which is committed to giving the people of Hawthorn the best single origin, filtered, and espresso coffee. Given a Direct Trade certification, Axil has a strong focus on quality control and sustainability. Hanging lamps and suspended plants create a minimalist coffee-drinking atmosphere where returning customers can try a new specialty blend every day, meaning that even frequent visitors won’t lose interest.
322 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC, Australia +61 03 9819 0091
Offering single origin, specialty blend,s and decaffeinated coffee, Brunswick’s Code Black is all about the science of the bean. Flavour profiles are created for all of Code Black’s coffees and cupping sessions are open to the public on Saturdays. Code Black’s warehouse interior is as sophisticated as the coffee. Ask the baristas to help you select a roast and pair it with one of chef Laura Neville’s breakfast or lunch options.
15-17 Weston St, Brunswick VIC, Australia +61 03 9381 2330
Brother Baba Budan
Opened in 2007, Brother Baba Budan is part of the Seven Seeds family but the overhanging chairs and cosy ambient quarters give the store a character all of its own. The coffee is delivered from Seven Seeds, and just like its big brother, Brother Baba Budan offers coffee of the day which you can either drink on sight at the communal table or take away. Coffee beans are also available for purchase.
359 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC, Australia +61 03 9606 0449
Surrounded by David Jones, Myer, and Emporium, Sensory Lab’s Little Collins Street and Bourke Street stores act as the ideal post-shopping cafés. Sensory Lab belongs to Salvatore Malatesta’s St Ali group and specialises in European and Japanese brewing methods. Top-notch espresso is available, but what makes Sensory Lab unique, aside from the lab coat–wearing baristas, are the coffee sensory tests designed to awaken your palate.
Traveller belongs to Mark Dundon and Bridget Amor’s Seven Seeds family and uses Seven Seeds blends to create rich coffee perfect for a pick-me-up. Located between Bourke and Little Bourke Street, you’ll know you’ve arrived at Traveller when you see the neon boot sign. Aside from coffee, there is also a selection of pastries from Brioche By Philip.
2/14 Crossley St, Melbourne VIC, Australia +61 03 9347 8664
Market Lane has been serving seasonal, single-origin coffee since 2009 with the intention of brewing bright, accessible flavours. Roasted at the Prahran Market location, the beans make their way to the Carlton, Therry Street, and Queen Victoria Market stores where they are never threatened by skim or soy milk. At Market Lane, baristas are dedicated to preserving espresso and pour over techniques, and you’ll often overhear them offering at-home brewing advice.
Filter – Honourable Mention
Although Filter now only exists in memories, we couldn’t help but put it on this list, as it was such a unique experience. Conceptualised by Andrew Kelly, Filter was a minimalist coffee shop that, as the name suggests, served filtered coffee. There were two pre-made filter blends and three made-to-order single-origin blends. To go with your coffee, you could order Scandinavian smørrebrød, a type of sandwich. We hope Filter finds another Melbourne home someday.