Maria Paoli is an international coffee judge, trainer, consultant and coffee connoisseur with over 15 years experience. Maria runs coffee tours of Melbourne, and has been gracious enough to share her top Melbourne coffee spots below. You can find more information at her website, www.evolvingsuccess.com.au
Where? 322 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
Coffee: Axil Seasonal Blend is crafted with a rich cocoa body with fruity notes.
Notes: A renovated warehouse space with an in-house roaster
Full breakfast and lunch menu
Best ever Avocado Mash and Salmon on toasted sourdough
League of Honest Coffee
Where? 8 Exploration Lane, Melbourne
Padre Coffee: Daddy’s Girl
Notes: Bright, modern interior with a plywood group handle light hanging from the ceiling
This 3rd wave brew bar offers Slayer extracted coffees/siphon clover coffee and pour over or cold drip
Where? 172 Oxford Street, Collingwood
Coffee: In house blend: Ghost Rider, fruity and caramel notes
Notes: 6 group Synesso… only one in Melbourne!
Where? Corner of Bourke & Little William Streets, Melbourne
Coffee: Seven Seeds, Proud Mary and Market Lane
Notes: Neon Patricia sign on the ceiling
Black or White Coffee… nothing in between
No warehouse setting here… rather an old fashioned café salon
Where? 526 Racecourse Road, Flemington
Coffee: Gridlock Coffee House Blend
Notes: Viscous, deep cocoa notes, orange zest
Rustic interior, bright décor
Where? 103-107 Errol Street, North Melbourne
Coffee: Small Batch: (Candy Man Blend) Bright notes, citrus notes, caramel flavours
Notes: Renovated industrial space, old Auction House
Great brew bar
St Ali North (Mother Café is St Ali South Melbourne)
Where? 815 Nicholson Street, Carlton
Coffee: Seasonal St Ali Blend
Notes: Home to Matt Perger, reigning Australian barista champion
Siphon, pour over available
Child friendly, opens on to a playground
Seven Seeds Café
Where? 114 Berkeley Street, Carlton (within the University of Melbourne precinct)
Coffee: Seven Seeds in house blend. Full bodied, deep chocolaty notes, sweet cherry
Notes: Cupping room with cupping sessions on Saturday mornings
Greenhouse for coffee plants
Bike rack for riders
Brew bar room for siphon and pour over
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