The Age | GoodCafe Guide 2012
The Age GoodCafe Guide reviews more than 300cafes and coffee houses in Melbourne, ofwhich 80 were awarded one, twoor three cups for coffee andcafe excellence. Individual awards went tothese 10 places.
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Proud Mary, Collingwood
GREAT house-roasted coffee and tasty, inventive cafe food in a cool but comfortable space. Good luck getting a seat here at weekends.
Seven Seeds, Carlton
THE benchmark again this year: great beans they source themselves, roasted, blended and brewed to make coffee with a balance of flavours anda little smoky sting in the tail.
Best new cafe
Footscray Milking Station, Footscray
AN OLD milk bar on a quiet corner, a tasty menu by chef Aven Watson and coffee by a Melbourne specialty roaster equals an instant cafe hit.
Best boutique roaster
Market Lane Coffee, South Yarra
THE Market Lane people continue to share their passion for specialty coffee, roasting and brewing with care and serving it with love at their South Yarra headquarters, as well as anew city space.
Best brew bar
Patricia Coffee Brewers, city
A POCKET-HANDKERCHIEF space in a city laneway, Patricia just serves espresso and pour-over brews from beans by good local roasters. No seats, unless you count the milk crates in the alley.
Best small cafe
The Final Step, South Yarra
AN INTIMATE space in which Ben Whitaker brews beans from Melbourne's best and serves a tiny menu of bagels and home-made sweet treats.
Best food cafe
Pope Joan, Brunswick East
THE serious chef uses smart, seasonal ingredients witha sometimes-British accent to cook ace breakfast and lunch dishes - some of Melbourne's smartest and most delicious cafe food.
Matt Perger, St Ali, South Melbourne
WINNER of the Australian Brewer's Cup at the recent Australian Coffee Championships for his way with filter gear, anda tireless worker on coffee development at St Ali.
Local hero award
West 48, Footscray
A GEM that's delighting Footscrayers with a neat seasonal menu and tidy espresso brews served in sunny egg-yolkyellow cups.
Good Cafe Guide Hall of Fame award
WHEN it opened in 1986 - and for many years afterwards - Marios was seen as Melbourne's coolest cafe. Times have since changed, but Marios has remained true to its old-school ways.
Five more back-street beauties
Salford Lads Club
A FORMER car workshop in the industrial wilds of Port Melbourne where local residents and workers enjoy smooth brews and a tasty breakfast and lunch menu. 1 Fennel Street, Port Melbourne, 8534 9957.
AWAY from Armadale's main drag in an old laundry, these guys do killer breakfasts and lunches and solid Allpress coffee for a crowd of happy locals. 61 Armadale Street, Armadale, 9500 1888.
Footscray Milking Station
THIS corner milk bar turned hip cafe won instant local love with its smart, cheffy cafe menu, right-on Padre coffee - and the cute Mexican Jarritos sodas in the fridge. 35 Bunbury Street, Footscray, 9029 9240.
The Pint of Milk
OLD milk bar, suburban corner. Coffee from city roaster Gridlock, bread from Crumbs, American milk bottles from eBay. There's even mixed lollies on the counter. 19 North Road, Newport, 9391 6641.
NOT just backstreet - this cafe is set up in someone's back garage. It pleases North Melbourne locals and commuters with smooth Coffee Supreme brews and bites such as the Crazy Tiger - a Vegemite and cheese toastie. Who even knew West Melbourne was a place? 13 Stawell Street, West Melbourne, 0449 208 681.
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