We’ve been living in Brunswick for two and a half years, a part of the world where the entry requirements include knowledge of specialty coffee (the border patrol stop everyone at Brunswick Road – we take your coffee credentials real serious around here). We have a number of favourite coffee roasters that we visit on a regular basis, and they all offer incredible brews, obviously.
The first coffee roaster we would like to highlight is Padre. Practically a Brunswick coffee institution, originally named The East Brunswick Project, this project soon became the fully formed entity that has spread its wings across a number of Melbourne’s cafes. From East Elevation just down the road to newer places like Heresy in the CBD, their beans are readily available, and thank god too!
There’s clearly something in the beans, because everyone who ever visits Padre comes away with a smile. Even the staff are fantastic, and we often visit at 7am on the dot; right when they open. Their shop is hard to miss on Lygon Street, with a strong black facade, and wide open windows allowing you to look in before entering. Padre actually covers two whole shops, with the main body featuring their counter, espresso machine, and a large seating area at the back, while the second space contains their roasters, brewing apparel, and some overflow seating as well.
Food is sparse here, with no in-built kitchen. Luckily, they receive daily deliveries from some of Melbourne’s best suppliers, with a focus on pastries, sweets, and small snacks to complement their coffee. Their brewing apparel is extensive, ranging from the indispensables like, you know, the coffee beans, to the numerous and varied grinders and caffeine-extraction devices.
Padre are open Tuesday through Sunday, and bless their little cotton socks if they don’t open up on Monday and serve filter and pour-overs for those diehards as well. Perfectly located in front on tram stop #126 (Stewart St/Lygon St) on both the 1 and 6 trams. Get yourself up there, have a wander around CERES practically right next door, and learn more about coffee in Brunswick from one of the best around.