TTTE was none too impressed when Starbucks started showing up in its home town. Mocking references to “double orange mocha frappucinos” and “Starf**ks” were made on more than one occasion. But your correspondent didn’t just talk the talk, (other than one frustrating attempt to steal their wireless internet) TTTE had never set a foot inside one of their their faux-local, espresso by numbers, globe gobbling outlets.
I can imagine a coffee shop that works better. I want to cross a Ford factory with a sushi train and a horde of lemmings…
I buy a cup of coffee in two situations. One is where I am ‘having coffee’ and I want to linger. In this case, the 3 dollars is a low low price to pay to rent a chair in a nice public space and shoot the breeze with somebody.
The other situation is take-away, when I’m on my way to work, or somewhere, and I need to wake up.
In the second case, the 3 dollars is an negligible cost for getting my day going.
Like many Melburnians, I secretly consider myself a coffee connoisseur. I’ve drunk a lot of strong flat whites in a lot of different places. I last had instant in 94. I like to go to cafes that will have excellent coffee.
And so, I have spent considerable time immersed in the wisdom of the internet. My distillation of the zillions of on-line debates, references and reviews says that Melbourne’s most-highly regarded coffees are at: Baba Budan and Cafenatics in the city; and St Ali in South Melbourne.
I wanted to try my hand at reviewing the best of the best, so I rang my friend Bill. He imposed one condition on our mission and we met at the GPO. Armed with paper, pencil and a willingness to consume more caffeine than is healthy, we set off. Continue reading Coffee Safari