Armed with Sprudge’s Melbourne coffee guide, I started off my coffee crawl on Little Bourke Street in the CBD. Brother Baba Budan was tucked down a little alleyway, in fact I completely missed it and walked past it the first time.
Brother baba budan has a really quirky decor with chairs hanging from the roof as you can see below. I opted for the cold brew, and it was served with the biggest ice cube I’ve ever seen fit in a glass. The coffee — sourced from their parent Seven Seeds roastery in Carlton was delicious.
Further along Little Bourke Street lies Patricia Coffee Brewers, another tiny cafe tucked down a laneway. If you ask coffee aficionados in Melbourne to name their favourite spot, it’s likely that they would point you towards Patricia.
This is a great example that less is more - there is no seating and only get to pick from three kinds of coffee — white, black and filter. Patricia features coffee roasted by Seven Seeds or a rotating guest roaster, including Small Batch or Market Lane Coffee.
Duke’s is located on Flinders lane in the CBD. Located about 5 minutes from where I was staying, Duke’s was my starting point every morning. The lighting and decor is frankly gorgeous and the staff are friendly. There were usually heaps of people waiting for a take away but I loved sitting by the filter bar.
Having drank a few excellent Seven Seeds coffees at other cafes, I was really keen to visit Seven Seeds’ flagship cafe/roastery in Carlton. This is an old converted warehouse which now houses a cafe, roasting facility and a room where they hold training programs.
I was introduced to one of the co-founders of Rumble, Matt Hampton by by friend Helen. Matt opened Rumble last year along with co-founders Joe Molloy and Stan Bicknell. I was very excited when I was invited to come down to their roastery in Kensington.
It was fascinating listening to Matt share his experience and knowledge of the sourcing and roasting process. I also got to taste a fantastic single origin from Rwanda that had been freshly roasted.
Last stop on the tour — The Premises is also located in the leafy Kensington suburb of Melbourne. This place was recommended by Matt. This was surprisingly my first iced pourover in Melbourne, featuring a colombian bean from Small Batch Roasting Co.