Sydney may be the official capital city of Australia, but Melbourne is without doubt the Coffee Capital of the nation, its no wonder that hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Melbourne with a coffee agenda in mind. Melbourne is a city where international students chase caffeine highs to get through their studies, and incidentally fall in love with the 'Melbourne style' coffee culture and return home to inject their local communities with a similiar offering.
Melbourne has most coffee machines per sq m, than any city in the world, that says a lot about our love for coffee.
Incase you need any more convincing, Here's three more reasons why?
12-18 YARRA PLACE, SOUTH MELBOURNE VIC 3205, AUSTRALIA
A true Melbourne Institution. Fuelling the local populations caffeine addiction since 2005. Some say St. Ali started it all, the whole concept of 'Third Wave'/Speciality Coffee. Operating from a converted warehouse in the back streets of South Melbourne, the space is a perfect precedent of the 'Melbourne Style' aesthetic. Armed with some of the M.V.P's in the speciality coffee scene, St. Ali South is the HQ of an ambitious coffee empire with plans for world domination.
SHOP 13, PRAHRAN MARKET/163 COMMERCIAL ROAD, SOUTH YARRA VIC 3141, AUSTRALIA
At the side of Melbourne busy Prahran market is Market Lane, the original of what has become four outlets, the other three are dotted around Melbournes fresh food & produce concentrations (Queen Victoria Market & Carlton). Market Lane focuses on over the counter coffee with a small selections of breads and pastries on offer. Coffee is the game here, with a german Probat roaster on display in the store to reinforce this. Market Lane's motto is "We love to make coffee for the city that loves to drink it".
493-495 LITTLE BOURKE STREET, MELBOURNE VIC 3000, AUSTRALIA
Standing Room Only. There is always 'Sunshine' at Particia. Its a perfect example of a 1930s NY style espresso bar, 'Less is more' here, it's all about restraint, there is a real focus on the finer details from the brass and marble detailing to the strategic choice of blends on offer from some of Melbournes best known roasters. It's a real hidden gem, If you are a Lawyer in Melbourne, then you will no doubt be a regular at this place. if not then the crowded standing room space is a perfect way to meet some.