Melbourne CBD coffee options are constantly evolving. Once upon a time, there were the odd breakfast locations, like Hardware Societe or White Mojo, which had amazing coffee but were often so busy it was impossible to get a speedy takeaway. Recently however, there has been a rise in “coffee only” cafes around town. They are often quite small, and generally only operate Monday to Friday, offering little more than pastries and sweets. But their coffee is spectacular, and the people brewing the coffee have a real passion for their craft and the people that come in on a regular basis.
Every street you walk down, you’re bound to find some of these cafes springing up. Having changed roles, and moving from the Lonsdale Street side of town to the Collins Street end, it’s opened up a world of opportunity in terms of these smaller coffee joints. Wandering up Little Collins Street, I came across a cafe. Not that I knew what it was called, only seeing a generic “Coffee” sign. Inside, the Spartan concrete flooring gives way to minimalist furniture, an ash wood counter, and classic La Marzocco espresso machine. This was Shamble Coffee Brewers.
Shamble Coffee Brewers’ menu is similarly minimal, offering White, Black, and Filter as standard, as well as chocolate variations, Chai, Matcha and Tea. Additionally, while their provide Melbourne’s now-classic Magic coffee (3/4 Full + Extra Shot), they also offer something called a “Michael Jackson”. Now, it took me several visits to muster up the courage to ask, but when I did I was informed that it comprises of a Latte and an Espresso. A little black, and a big white. It’s excellent.
The brew is exceptional, made incredibly quick, and smooth and flavourful every time I’ve had one. The dudes at Shamble Coffee Brewers are awesome, funny and passionate about their coffee, and are great at remembering names and faces. Visit their Facebook and Instagram pages for more details. If you liked this review, check out more Melbourne CBD coffee reviews, as well our Instagram and Facebook pages too.