Bahar is a freelance writer and a wanderer who is determined to uncover all the secrets of Melbourne and share them the only way she knows how, through writing.
Published May 14th 2012
For a Melbournian, the search for that perfect cup of coffee never ends. This search can easily take us to laneways covered with graffiti, to the rooftops of the most unexpected buildings, to tiny kiosks and huge warehouses. With the search for the ultimate brown comes the occasional travel outside the comfort and familiarity of Melbourne's CBD.
One of my latest quests has brought me to Westgarth, approximately 5 km from the CBD, to Foxy Brown Espresso, located right opposite the train tracks between Westgarth and Dennis train stations, with no other cafes nearby and away from the main shopping strips but always buzzing with customers.
The charming feeling of a local café surrounds you as you walk in to the bright orange interior featuring a retro 70s fitout, filled with chatters of locals and commuters in for a quick hit of caffeine or a meet with friends over a lingering lunch. If the sun has been kind, you can get cosy sitting in one of the deep armchairs under the verandah in front of the café, perfect for people watching.
When it comes to coffee, Foxy never fails and lives up to its slogan and is definitely "the best damn brown in town"! Their seriousness is apparent from the uniquely designed coffee menu and the giant coffee blackboard which grabs all the attention upon entrance. Forget your usual order of latte; this is the land of piccolos and delectios and single origins and cold drips. This is a café with an owner, Patrick Sloane, who is obsessed with coffee, has his own personalised coffee machine and special espresso house-blends. If you need more education, have chat with Patrick or try the "flight of coffee", which is a trio of coffee samplers served as espresso, piccolo and ristretto made from either blended or single origin beans.
If you end up enjoying yourself too much and find that it is time to eat, no need to get up and search for food, the all-day breakfast menu along with the soup of the day, frittatas, rolls and cakes have it all. With a strong focus on organic produce and intriguing twists on the traditional recipes, Foxy proves itself to be an excellent choice for a late breakfast or a delicious lunch.
Overall, Foxy Brown is a great spot for those lazy mornings where you can indulge yourself with one of the best coffees in Melbourne, catch up with friends and, if you are a like-minded coffee geek like me, have a two hour long discussion about coffee with the staff.