The Kettle Black In Melbourne: Where Fine Dining Meets Casual Brunching


We know we've said this before, but Melbourne really is a city where great coffee and great food often go hand-in-hand, with stalwarts like Auction Rooms and Proud Mary leading the charge for a number of years now. The high-end cafe scene in Melbourne is a vibrant thing, and recently a new group of trailblazers has been making a name for themselves … [Read more...]

“Birds Of Unusual Vitality Vol. 2″ Now Available In Select Cafes, Online


Eileen P. Kenny is the talented photographer and writer behind the coffee web's premiere interview magazine, Birds of Unusual Vitality. She is also Melbourne desk, and we recently partnered with her to publish Birds of Unusual Vitality Vol. 2, a compilation of engaging interviews with coffee folk from around the globe. This book is now … [Read more...]

Melbourne’s Code Black Coffee Expands To Montreal (Kind Of)

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Code Black Coffee Roasters, the most recent project of Australian coffee maven Joseph Haddad, has established itself in a little more than a year as a strong contender in coffee-crowded Melbourne. Although Haddad hasn’t yet expanded Code Black into a chain of cafés--as he did with Cafenatics, a venture that now has twelve outposts--one of his … [Read more...]

Fit Outs Of Winter: Slater St. Bench, Now Open In Melbourne


While folks in North America are deep in the throes of sweaty summer build outs, those on the southern hemisphere are layering up, and the team at Slater St. Bench is celebrating the success of their winter fit-out. The cafe opened its doors earlier this week on St. Kilda Road, in the eponymous beachside district of Melbourne. Jared Lawler of … [Read more...]

Gertrude Stein’s, The Coffee Supreme Pop-Up In Melbourne


We've just received word on a brand-new Coffee Supreme pop-up: Gertrude Stein's will open Tuesday, June 17th, for a limited four-month engagement in Melbourne's Fitzroy neighborhood. "The site will be exclusive to us," Supreme leader Al Keating tells us, "with a small selection of treats from baker friends, Loafer Bread." When asked … [Read more...]

An Interview With Devin Loong, Australian Brewers Cup Champion


There really was a lot going on at the 2014 Melbourne International Coffee Expo. In addition to covering major global coffee events like the World Latte Art Championships, World Coffee In Good Spirits Championships, and World Cup Tasters Championships, we also managed to peel off Twitter and photo coverage from the weekend's Australian national … [Read more...]

Filter, The Avant-Garde New Cafe From Melbourne’s Small Batch Roasting Co.

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Melbourne's newest cafe is also perhaps its most challenging, upending certain longstanding Australian service conventions to create a new experience whose focus is in the very name of the cafe: Filter. The product of a unique collaborative cafe incubator project put on by Broadsheet (Australia's version of Eater, basically) and the Bank Of … [Read more...]

Top 3 Recipes From The Australian Aeropress Championship

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The Australian Aeropress Championships went down on Friday, May 16th in Melbourne, at Filter, the new CBD cafe opened by the Small Batch Roasting Co. team. The event, overseen by Patricia's Coffee Brewers' Tim Varney, the Global Competitive Pressing of Aeros Ombudsman himself, was packed to the gills with eager coffee people, many of whom were in … [Read more...]

Brunswick Cafe Launches In Bed-Stuy, As The Australian Coffee Take-Over of NYC Rolls On


Cafe owner and entrepreneur-about-town Alex Hall unveiled a new cafe Monday in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The cafe, called Brunswick, is the first in of a series of Brunswick shops throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan, and is named as a nod to Hall's native Australia. Indeed, Hall, who is most famously the proprietor of Milk Bar on … [Read more...]

18 Top Pours From The 2014 World Latte Art Championship

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Last week, the 2014 World Latte Art Championship pit champion baristas from 32 nations against each other to see who could create the most beautiful, engaging latte art creations, using both free pour and etching techniques. From those 32 competitors, six finalists advanced to compete in the finals at the 2014 Melbourne International Coffee … [Read more...]

10 More Mesmerizing Gifs From The Melbourne International Coffee Expo


With a steady hand and an eye trained for things both beautiful and absurd, our Sydney-based contributor Matt Davis went on the floor of the 2014 Melbourne International Coffee Exposition at the Melbourne Showgrounds with a mission: take as many gifs as possible. As we said in the first installment, Mr. Davis’ work is an exceptional display … [Read more...]

6 Coffee Cocktails That Took Top Honors At The 2014 World Coffee In Good Spirits Championship


The World Coffee In Good Spirits Championships pits bartenders and baristas alike from around the world against each other and challenges each to create the most delicious, inventive combinations of coffee and alcohol. From an overall field of 17 competitors, six finalists competed for the 2014 World Coffee In Good Spirit Champion title. Bartenders … [Read more...]

Top AeroPress Recipes From The Sydney Championships


We're just days away from the 2014 Australian AeroPress Championship, and the level of anticipation here in Melbourne is at a fever pitch. But one short week ago, the best baristas in the Australian state of New South Wales did battle to determine eligibility for the national competition. The event took place at a packed out Mecca Espresso Ultimo, … [Read more...]

What’s Happening At The 2014 Melbourne International Coffee Expo


The Melbourne International Coffee Expo is running this week from Thursday May 15th to Sunday May 18th, and has a staff a five on site in Melbourne to cover the panoply of coffee competitions going down. MICE plays host to no fewer than three World Coffee Events international competitions: the World Latte Art Championship, the World … [Read more...]

Sydney: Get Chuffed With Cafe Imports & Sensory Lab This Friday


This coming Friday, May 9th our friends and partners at Cafe Imports are teaming with Sensory Lab's new Bondi Beach location to throw an open house and slurparama for the fine people of Sydney. Guests will have an opportunity to try coffees from top North American roasters like Intelligentsia, Colectivo, Spyhouse, Verve, Kickapoo, Joe NYC and more, … [Read more...]

A Quick Jaunt To Adelaide For Please Say Please & Exchange Speciality Coffee


Though based in Melbourne, and bureau chief for our city desk there, Eileen P. Kenny has been something of a pan-Australia reporter for Sprudge as of late, including recent visits to Sydney, Canberra, and most recently Adelaide, where she visited two excellent coffee shops: Please Say Please and Exchange Speciality Coffee. A city of 1.4 million … [Read more...]