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The art of coffee in Melbourne

Visit the most liveable city in the world and discover a coffee culture that is world class.

Australians are serious about their coffee. Since Italian immigrants brought the first espresso machines to the country in the 1950s, Australia’s coffee and café culture has undergone several waves of innovation and refinement.

Melbourne has long been regarded as the coffee capital of Australia and is one of the world‘s leading cities for finding great coffee.

It is the quality of the coffee that is being produced in Melbourne by baristas such as Leon Holdsworth from St. Ali that Jason Godfrey met on his travels with Savour Australia, which fuels customers thirst for knowledge of where their beans come from and keeps customers coming back for more.

“Melbourne is a city known for its coffee and café culture, and St. Ali is at the forefront of all of that.  Directly sourcing all their coffee beans, and with some of the most passionate and knowledgeable baristas in the business, St. Ali is where locals go to start their morning right. As a coffee lover, trying out coffee cupping to analyse the aroma really opened my eyes to the entire process.  ” Jason Godfrey, Savour Australia. 

Video guide: Jason Godfrey visits Melbourne in Savour Australia.

The Melbourne coffee scene

Coffee beans from St. Ali, South Melbourne, Victoria

The emergence of specialist roasters has contributed to an obsession with new ways of brewing and the origin of coffee beans. Everyone has an opinion about where to get the best latté, flat white or espresso and it’s usually a little place, tucked away, where the barista remembers your name.

In Melbourne you’ll find everything to do with coffee, with cafés offering the latest in siphon, drip filter and Aeropress. Whether it’s a hole in the wall coffee joint in the laneways, or a quick coffee on the go, Melbourne has a cup to suit every taste.

Try: Seven Seeds import their own organic free-trade beans; The Sensory Lab are very passionate about their coffee and have two cafes located in Melbourne; Dead Man Espresso serves up their own custom made blend; and Cup of Truth, a hole in the wall coffee joint in the centre of Melbourne.

Coffee experiences

Jason Godfrey at St Ali, Melbourne, Victoria

Tours and interactive experiences offer the opportunity to understand the history and culture of coffee that has fuelled this city-wide obsession. Jason Godfrey recently visited St Ali on his travels around Australia and tried the café’s Coffee Experience, where you can taste six of St Ali’s best coffees that are on the menu that day and compare the flavours of each individual brew.

Also Try: Coffee cupping sessions with Seven Seeds; a full-day coffee roasting session at Market Lane Coffee; a coffee tour hosted by ex-barista and coffee aficionado Monique Bayer with Walk Melbourne; learn more about the history of coffee on the Melbourne Historical Coffee Trek with Evolving Success.

Breakfast and brunch

Jason Godfrey enjoys breakfast at St Ali, Melbourne, Victoria

Going hand in hand with Melbourne’s coffee obsession and a large part of Melbourne life is eating out for breakfast or brunch. Be it a healthy bowl of muesli, yoghurt and berries, a power brunch of sourdough slathered with avocado or a full fry-up of bacon, baked beans and buttery scrambled eggs, Melbourne has plenty of great places to enjoy the first meal of the day.

Try: St Ali’s breakfast and brunch menu that features dishes such as scrambled eggs with Yarra Valley brook trout, deep fried soft shell crab, pippis, chilli, spring onion, salmon roe and chargrilled bread; try Twenty & Six Expresso located in North Melbourne with dishes such as herb crusted kingfish ceviche, smoked baby potatoes, asparagus, lemon oil, poached egg and horseradish cream; the award winning restaurant Cumulus Inc. with a breakfast menu including favourites such as house made crumpets, whipped ricotta and rooftop honey.

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