Melbourne is one of the coffee capitals of the world, make no bones about it. The dark liquid has run through our collective veins since the city's first two espresso machines landed at the Universitá Café on Lygon Street, and at Pellegrinis on Bourke Street in 1954.
This obsession has evolved over time to accommodate our varied tastes for the stuff. Nowadays, you're just as likely to hear an order for the humble 'cuppa Joe' as you are a 'decaf skinny soy mocha-choca-cino', which inevitably has given rise to a whole generation of specialty - and not-so specialty - cafés popping up to sate our respective tastes.
One of the more recent entrants on the Melbourne scene is Café BÜ in Carlton North. Located out the back of the old milk bar on the corner of Canning and Pigdon Streets in Carlton North, it is perfectly situated on one of inner Melbourne's most popular biking thoroughfares, with the sleek fit-out including a street service window to grab your pre-work stimuli on the go. This, ladies and gentlemen, IS a coffee lovers' café.
Owner/manager/coffee connoisseur Nicholas Büsst conducted a long, thorough search before electing to go with specialist roaster Five Senses Coffee. Café BÜ offers their Dark Horse Blend as the house coffee, with an additional rotating Single Origin or Specialty Blend – on the last visit this was the YIRGZero, zero defect single origin from Ethiopia. With milk sourced from inner city micro dairy St David Dairy in Fitzroy; organic, ethically sourced tea supplied by Chamellia tea; and a wide range of soft drinks from the Daylesford and Hepburn Mineral Springs Co., you get that extra warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that you're supporting local businesses.
Although there is no kitchen, a range of pastries from are delivered daily from Brunswick's The Village Bakery, and there are various breakfast goodies and toasties on the menu made fresh to order. But the biggest winner at Café BÜ – aside from the coffee – is the rooftop deck. Away from any main roads, it's the perfect spot to take a short timeout, soak in some rays, and listen to the lorikeets chatter on nearby Canning Street while you munch down on some fruit toast. So, to channel my inner Molly Meldrum: do yourself a favour and check this place out. NB. Mention the name 'Ebezilla' to the barista to receive your complimentary confused blank stare