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Espresso 3121

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by Mark Henderson (subscribe)
Freelance writer in South Melbourne.
Published November 12th 2011
You would be forgiven if you lived in Richmond and had no idea about this little gem of a coffee shop. Although it's address is 98 Balmain Street, the entrance to Espresso 3121 is tucked away down Walnut Street and you pretty much have to walk pass it before you actually notice it.

With its inconspicuous location you would think that it would be quiet and a bit lacking in the vibe department. This couldn't be further from the truth. By 8:30am, the queue for coffee is out the door and seating for breakfast is all but gone. Its popularity is well justified too. The breakfast menu is simple yet scrumptious and the cappuccinos were incredible.

We, fortunately, got there by 8am, on our way to work and could sit pretty much anywhere. We had heard of the place through word of mouth and set out in search of it thinking our colleagues were playing a trick on us. However, true to their word and a few turns down the nearby lanes, we found it.

The vibe is warm, friendly and cosy with long wooden tables and stools keeping everyone together. We were also told to look out for one of the staff who works there who always wears something unique on her head. All these little bits and pieces certainly add to the uniqueness and allure of the place.

We ordered a Smashed Avocado on sour dough toast and a Ham, Cheese and Tomato toasted sandwich which hit the spot perfectly. The cappuccinos were really good and we sipped away over our breakfast and our morning paper which are supplied by the venue.

Whether you're looking for your morning fix of the bean, a sit down breakfast or lunch, Espresso 3121 has something for you. Just get there before the crowd.
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Why? Simple food and great coffee
When: Breakfast & Lunch
Where: 98 Balmain Street, Richmond
Cost: $5 - $15
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