Melbournians are self-confessed coffee snobs, contemptuously turning up our noses at Starbucks and professing our undying love for Australian independent cafes. The major error that Starbucks made, was attempting to impose Americanised tastes into a market that had an existing coffee culture. A culture that would faint at the sight of whipped cream on any beverage, yet alone accept the excessive sweetness of frappas, machiattos and pumpkin spiced what-nots. Coffee has become integral to the Melbourne lifestyle, and with that has exploded a myriad of cafes that not only have sublime coffee, but amazing food. Here are a selection of boutique roasting houses in Melbourne known for their own signature house blends and equally amazing brunch options.
1. PROUD MARY
Coffee aside, Proud Mary is also an extraordinaire on the brunch front. Queues still form at this Collingwood staple, where quality has been consistently upheld amongst all the hype. Dishes taste as beautiful as their appearances.
For the nibblers, the tuna sashimi with amaranth and brik crisp is a delicate option. Otherwise, consider the ricotta hotcakes, dripping in coconut ice cream and blood orange caramel. Carnivorous options include the ox tongue and a decadent pork belly. The wait list might still be long, but drop in before 12pm to avoid the afternoon rush. The crowd favourite is certainly deserving of its reputation.
Tuna Sashimi w/ Broad beans, Soft boiled egg, Amaranth, Brik crisp
Ricotta Hotcakes w/ Blood Orange Caramel, Citrus salad, Orange blossom, Coconut ice cream