Perhaps it’s my Italian background but for me a “cafe” is a retailer specialising in coffee. This is not always my experience. In fact in Melbourne I have 3 cafes where I really enjoy my coffee every time: 1. Green Park Dining using Small Batch and Profile. 2. Rex Tremendae roasting his own coffee at Sensory Lab Factory. 3. […]Read More Menu-Focused or Coffee-Focused Cafes
You’ve all heard the story of the man with a utility vehicle. He’s always the one asked by everyone for help when they move house. The same sad fate comes to the designer who is asked to design a brand or logo for a business when everything is finished. The right time to involve a […]Read More Workflow in Specialty Coffee
I’m a speciality coffee barista, enthusiast and I thank The Pioneers who built the Third Wave coffee movement. Such proponents as Intelligentsia in Seattle and St ALi in Melbourne created direct-trade coffee (ever increasing returns on quality paying “at least 25% more” than Fair-trade) for the first time back in around 2004 when coffee farms […]Read More Is the tide is pulling back on 3rd Wave
I’ve worked behind a few coffee bars and these are the funniest little mistakes baristas make… 1. Shaking the already un-capped milk bottle. The use of unhomogenised milk (which by definition is not conducive to the nature of specialty which values objectivity, evenness and standardisation of drinks recipies: each cup of unhomogenised milk has vastly differing […]Read More Friday Fun: 3 Funny Mistakes barista’s make
Have you ever noticed every cafe looks the same? Here’s a deeper insight into why… Recently I noticed 5 jobs on a coffeejobs.com each read, You will be working on LaMarzocco Linea Pb espresso machine and Mythos One grinders” Brian Jones, brand expert in his slide share said every cafe in the Bay area was “modern rustic” and James […]Read More Why every cafe is the same
I stumbled across a new bakery cafe in Lygon Street (the north end where the Pizza restaurants are owned by mafia lawyers). It was a nice, bright space of the lofty, modern rustic vibe. I was impressed to receive a Wifi password on my receipt. Coffee by Veneziano (they roast for ALDi) serving Bond Street: […]Read More Le Bakehouse – Lygon Street East Melbourne #newcafe
I celebrate Melbourne. Generally speaking we can all enjoy good coffee everywhere. I had a great Vittoria espresso yesterday. It wasn’t my preferred flavour profile: clearly a blend it was muddled in flavour, low in acidity, however it was clean, creamy and mouthfilling with a “lingering finish” that no one ever had in specialty third […]Read More Who’s going to give constructive objective coffee feedback?
Gone are the days of chasing down a place to find good coffee. Matt Holden’s recent article “The 11 cafe trends of 2016 we’re happy to see the end of ” is a consequence of a deeper macroeconomic shift that has already occurred. We are past peak coffee in Melbourne. No one is making any […]Read More The bubble will burst. How 1:2 Melbourne cafes will close down.