The Ethical Shop: Infinite Retail Possibilities At Melbourne’s Like Minded Projects

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It’s a warm, sunny day when I find myself in Fitzroy, slowly meandering up the iconic and eclectic Smith Street towards a unique new venture, simply titled, in gold lettering next to the front door, ‘Like Minded Projects.’ It’s a name that conjures up images of some sort of extravagant co-working space, which is actually not far from the truth. … [Read more...]

Serena Williams And The “Miracle” Espresso: The Inside Story


A remarkable story was volleyed around the internet earlier this month, concerning American tennis great Serena Williams being served an in-game espresso at a match in Perth, Western Australia. At the macro level this isn't much of a story–"American visits Australia, enjoys good coffee" is hardly news at this point–but the sports world loves a good … [Read more...]

Poll: Aussies & Kiwis, What Does A Flat White Mean To You?


I have a terrible imperialist American confession to make: when training new baristas in NYC, I often instructed them that "if someone orders a drink name you don't recognize, like Gibraltar, Cortado, SG-120, or flat white, what they really want is two shots of espresso, lightly steamed milk and about 5.5oz total drink volume." Because I believe … [Read more...]

Serendipity & Good Coffee: Hiking Australia’s Blue Mountains


Let me tell you a story about serendipity and good coffee. As I quickly learned in Australia, while in the thriving metropolises of Melbourne and Sydney you can hardly throw a rock without hitting a good coffee shop, more rural places are a bit different. But far-flung, special cafes do exist, and that’s what makes the trek for good coffee … [Read more...]

Holiday Mirth In Perth: Ghostface Killah Performs At Toastface Grillah


Christmas came early for customers at Toastface Grillah, an urban grilled-cheesery serving Northbridge Coffee Roasters in Perth. NME reports that yesterday Wu Tang rapper Ghostface Killah surprised guests with an impromptu live performance. Local DJ L Street called the performance "timeless". Hunky DJ Kyran Wheatley (above) at the Triple J … [Read more...]

The Quiet Mastery Behind Market Lane’s Tasmanian Ice Porcelain Coffee Cups


When you sit down to your morning cup of coffee, desperately anticipating all the caffeinated goodness that’s about to be infused into your system, do you ever think about the cup that holds all that delicious coffee? Do you have a favourite mug, and if so, why? Do you notice the texture in your hand, the weight of it, what the cup feels like when … [Read more...]

A Reflection On The Cafe Tragedy In Sydney

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Over the past few days, a terrible scene unfolded in Sydney, Australia. A gunman walked into a café, took the baristas and customers hostage, and began a standoff that lasted for sixteen hours. Two people were killed: Katrina Dawson, a customer who apparently died protecting her friend, and Tori Johnson, the café’s manager, who, according to … [Read more...]

The Great St. Ali Christmas Pudding Super Contest


As we begin rolling out our many holiday gift guides—each more authoritative and indispensable than the last—it means we spend time exploring through the various and sundry retail portfolios of the world's leading coffee companies, looking for holiday blends, choice gear bundles, and anything unusual that might catch our eye. All was well, and not … [Read more...]

Avocado Toast Defined: A Guide To The Australian Cafe Favorite

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Toast is just toast right? I for one have always scoffed at toast recipes; if you need help making toast then there just may not be any hope for you in the kitchen or elsewhere. Yet since toast is trendy, there’s no shortage of recipe roundups and guides if you really are toast deficient—and to be honest there’s one necessary type of toast recipe … [Read more...]

Proud Mary’s New Roastery Gets Rollin’ In Melbourne

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Melbourne’s coffee scene has undergone a slew of changes in the last decade—an increase in boutique roasters, quality cafes, a celebration of filter brewing methods and a move away from the traditional European-driven industry that once was. At the beginning of this progression were a number of key players, like Mark Dundon who founded St. Ali and … [Read more...]

Brekkie, Cacao, And Microgreens, Together at East Elevation Melbourne

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Walk into East Elevation in Melbourne’s suburb of Brunswick, and you’ll see the usual signs of a hip cafe: exposed brick, glass bottles instead of carafes for serving water, daily offerings scrawled onto a blackboard. But while the cafe formula may be easy to replicate, it’s often hard to perfect, with many places feeling more like cookie-cutter … [Read more...]

Perth’s Whipper Snapper Pairs Whiskey & Coffee

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Over the last several years in Australia the craft spirit movement has been gaining momentum, as locals take on centuries-old traditions to produce new and exciting spirits. In this vein, two passionate whiskey drinkers, Alasdair Malloch and James McKeown, have opened the first dedicated whiskey distillery in the Western Australian city of Perth, … [Read more...]

Four Neighborhood Cafes To See In Adelaide

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Over the decades, cafes have played a significant role in the development of society and culture. Where would the Enlightenment have been without its famed coffee houses? Cafes have, for so long, been gathering places, with the space a vehicle for bringing people together, and coffee the fuel for our social interactions. The value of a cafe goes … [Read more...]

Can You Feel Ok About Drinking an Aussie Iced Coffee? I Asked a Barista

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“When I went to the U.S., I flew into LA. The first cafe I went to, I ordered an iced coffee. When I got it, I thought, what is this crap?” I was chatting with an Australian about his American iced coffee experience. I found that his story, and sentiment, was a common one. As it goes with many food and drink items, just because something has the … [Read more...]

NORA Melbourne: Not Your Quotidian Coffee & Brekkie

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These days in Melbourne's endlessly creative coffee scene, it seems as if there’s a new venue opening every week. Melbournians are spoiled for choice, and it sometimes becomes difficult to keep up--or even distinguish between--each new venture. How does one possibly capture the city's attention in a market so firmly saturated? For NORA, a new cafe … [Read more...]

Coffee Supreme Breaks Brisbane Crust With Cup Coffee Acquisition


Melbourne and New Zealand-based Coffee Supreme have recently acquired Brisbane-based Cup Coffee. In a move that is reminiscent of Blue Bottle’s acquisition of Handsome Coffee Roasters, Cup Coffee is in the process of changing branding and developing into Coffee Supreme’s newest cafe, and their first in Australia outside of Melbourne. Over the … [Read more...]