Author: benseerocker

Breakfast in Thornbury

Short Round | Thornbury

We always love a timeless reference to an absolute classic, so it only makes sense that our morning meal at Short Round (a beloved character from Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom) was definitely well loved. Having been eager to explore more options for breakfast in Thornbury and Northcote, we ventured up High Street and happily decided on the quite simple looking exterior (little did we know how gorgeous the side of the building was, fully taking in the heritage of the locale). Early on a Sunday, there were always going to be seats, but the interior space was surprisingly large, with lots of nooks and crannies (though it did fill up quite quickly as our meal wore on). Nice modern touches blend well with vintage themes, and the amount of greenery present paired with the wooden elements very nicely. Coffee came quickly and deliciously of course, as one expects this day and age. With the number of killer coffee shops around the area, this is a simple non-negotiable. But it was creamy and …

Padre | East Brunswick

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 …

Heresy / Melbourne CBD

There is a rare attitude at Heresy that is sorely lacking in a number of city brewers: joy. These guys are genuinely thrilled to be slinging some of the finest cups of joe in the city, and I applaud them for this. I can’t recommend them enough, and this cafe should be on THE list for any discerning individual keen for some Melbourne CBD coffee.

Shamble Coffee Brewers / Melbourne CBD

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 …