Melbourne has an iconic coffee culture and for those of us aficionados out there, there’s more to it than the bean. The sense of familiarity and comfort a coffee break brings, weighs in heavily on our overall experience. The smell, shot colour, and silkiness of the milk are the kind of details barista’s dedicate their time and passion to; and there is a uniform sense of pride in making that perfect coffee. A coffee break is that little part of a person’s day that can make everything better; a moment of solitude and a ritual that should not be passed up for anything. Melbourne is a city that moves quickly, but if you’ve got time for a break, here are 7 places that I personally deem to be the best coffee break spots in Melbourne!
Café Del Mar is of Spanish in origin- its twin resides in Ibiza- and is run by a beautiful young Greek couple. It’s a welcoming (if busy) atmosphere, which is always bustling with regulars. The front counters are laden with freshly made sweet and savoury Greek treats, and the familiar smell of their freshly baked raspberry and blueberry muffins is what gets me up and raring to go in the morning! Tip: get in quick; their hot jam donuts sell out before you can even catch a glimpse… you have to be lightning fast!
Another morning go-to is Santucci’s, for a silky, extra hot, full bodied coffee alongside an orange & pistachio biscotti. The fact that I have to pass by them en route to work is such a sweet convenience.
As soon as summer rolls back around, it’s all about the Goathouse Roastery in Elsternwick; they’ll be seeing this face regularly until the end of March 2014. The outside decking area is perfect in the warm weather, with overhanging trees that shade you from the glaring sun. It’s beautifully adorned with plants and flowers that sit in glass vases atop each of the tables (too cute). I have fond but not so distant memories of my younger sister and I walking down the Elsternwick shopping strip merely just out of bed on a Sunday morning, to get a seat on the decking.
Seven Seeds is the perfect go-to for an espresso kick. It’s always abuzz with life and chatter, the staff are the friendliest and the big old warehouse setting makes for a very cool atmosphere.
The Artful Dodger is an amazing spot for coffee and breakfast/brunch on a Sunday morning. The staff here are always willing to strike up conversation, whether it’s to ask how your day was or to tell you something new and interesting. Their fun facts can give you just as much of a kick as a hit of caffeine; so go, you might learn something!
Huff Bagelry is a local favourite. It’s very contemporary but speaks true to the traditional layout of a small bakery. Their attention to detail is something special, which will always be remembered. It’s like a warm hug on a wintery day when your coffee is placed in front of you, without you having to say a word. The one thing that is always a challenge however, is resisting the scrumptious looking high-carb goodies staring at you from the front counter – guilty as charged, my coffee is never on its lonesome.
If it’s been a bad day and you’re looking for a little pick me up, traipse your woe-is-me self into Koko Black and you’re bound to feel inspired. Koko Black proves that decadent chocolate and coffee should be married- they’re a match made in heaven! For those of you who like your coffee black and your chocolate even darker, Koko Black is your long lost lover. I’ll let you in on a secret – the dark hazelnut clusters, salted caramels and orange segments are always a winner!
Author: Rebecca Wilson is one of Posse’s Melburnian Ambassadors. Follow her to get more of her insider recommendations!