John Sage Melbourne
Like many people, starting the day with a cup of coffee is a non-negotiable for me. Specifically, it must be a good cup of the black stuff. I remember when I wouldn’t think twice about enjoying my morning cup of instant coffee from a tin, but over the years, I’ve developed a strong preference for proper coffee. Ok, I’d rather go without than go instant again — yes, I admit it.
A city that shares my love for great coffee is Melbourne. From little hole-in-the wall hidden treasures to large and airy havens for coffee worshiping, Melbourne has established a global reputation for excellent brews.
Here are my top three places to grab a good coffee in Melbourne.
Industry Beans Lt Collins — 345 Collins Street, Melbourne
Most of my favourites are in the CBD as that’s where I’m at for meetings or conferences, and Industry Beans can always be relied on for a fantastic welcome-to-Melbourne cup of coffee. I’m not alone in my thinking, as it’s always busy whenever I go. I also enjoy their ‘La Marzocco Modbar’ which provides a show of the coffee-making process while you’re waiting for your order. It’s clean and open, and even has some snacks to-go if I’m running into a meeting.
Dukes Coffee Roasters — 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Coffee with a conscience, and it tastes amazing. Just around the corner from the City Library you’ll find Duke’s, a coffee shop serving ethically traded and sourced coffee. They can even tell you the individual farm that your beans came from! The Dukes blends are crafted from mostly organic beans, sourced from across Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. I will mention that it’s quite small, but if you’re after a quick and delicious coffee, you can’t go wrong here.
Sun Moth Canteen and Bar — 28 Niagara Lane, Melbourne
For a slower pace and somewhere that I’ve enjoyed day and night, Sun Moth is ideal. It’s definitely not a hole-in-the-wall with its 90-seat space, and features long wooden tables bathed in sunlight from the large windows. You can also get some work done while you sip your coffee with free wi-fi, and the ambience is friendly and relaxed. By night, it becomes a bar, which has come in very handy for late afternoon or early evening get-togethers over a beer, wine, and charcuterie board.
You’re never short of great options when you’re looking for coffee in Melbourne, so while these are three spots I love, there are plenty more, so get exploring!