The Age | GoodCafe Guide 2013

The Age | GoodCafe Guide 2013


The 2013 edition of The Age Good Cafe Guide will hit the shelves this week after being officially unveiled at an industry awards function on Monday 17 June. The Guide is a must-have for every Melbourne coffee lover, or visitor to the city.

All award winners are named and reviewed in the Guide. In addition to this, the Guide features reviews of more than 300 cafes in Melbourne's city and suburbs and lists them in their geographical areas for easy reference.

Each cafe is reviewed and judged on its commitment to quality from bean to cup, food, space and place, and on the magic feel-good-factor. The very best of these have been awarded one to three coffee cups, with the following standards given for each award:
Total commitment to outstanding coffee
Truly excellent cafe with great coffee
Genuinely good cafe with quality coffee

The Age Good Cafe Guide 2013 will be available in book stores and on from Tuesday, June 18 for $9.99, with The Age readers able to pick up the Guide for only $5 with their copy of The Saturday Age on Saturday 22 June.

The Age Good Cafe Guide 2013 awards

Eftpos best cafe

Auction Rooms, North Melbourne

One of the coolest fitouts in town, excellent coffee, a tight brunch menu and smart service.

Best coffee

Axil Coffee Roasters, Hawthorn

We've had plenty of '' ah"moments this year from Axil's seasonal blend, and their single origins, too.

Best new cafe

Top Paddock, Richmond

So many good cafes opened this year: Top Paddock is the best, with a sharp fit out, good food, great coffee and passionate service.

Best food cafe

St Ali Coffee Roasters, South Melbourne

With chef Andrew Gale in charge of the kitchen, St Ali's creative riffs on cafe food just got better.

Latorre & Dutch best boutique roaster

The Maling Room, Canterbury

The Maling Room's blends and single origins are popping up at coffee-smart cafes all over town. Owner and head roaster Andrew Lew has been producing excellent coffee in Canterbury's lovely old post office since 2006.

Best brew bar

Dukes Coffee Roasters, Melbourne

A lovely new space with a friendly team serving quality espresso and filter coffee.

Best small cafe

Cheerio, Richmond

Small and perfectly formed, from the single-page menu to the Seven Seeds coffee and the chilled service.

Bonsoy best barista

Courtney Patterson, Cup of Truth, Melbourne

There's nowhere to hide at the former ticket booth that Patterson has called home for the past four years, pulling shots for the Flinders Street commuter crowds.

Local hero

The Resident, Ashburton

Every suburb deserves a bright-and-breezy cafe with inventive food, ace coffee and a friendly vibe. That's The Resident in a nutshell (see page 15).

Hall of fame

Giancarlo Giusti, Grinders

Fifty years ago, Giancarlo Giusti opened Grinders in Lygon Street. He also created the original Mario's blend in 1986.



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