When one thinks of a market, freshness usually comes to mind. I also feel that being at a market I am closer to food and produce that is closer to its source than the doppelgangers in supermarkets.
Can you imagine my excitement knowing that there is a cafe within Prahran Market that streams the nectar of gods and pours milk of a thousand velvet rugs? Of course you can't imagine how excited I am, you're not me.
Market Lane Coffee is where you take yourself for rehabilitation - coffee rehabilitation. Have you recently been to a relative's house where all they serve is freeze dried coffee? Stuck at an all day professional learning course where the coffee is stored in an urn and tastes like smoke? Market Lane Coffee is here to help you recover.
Clean white tiles. Wooden benches. Communal tables. Water jugs. Baristas. Coffee. The interior is filled with natural colours and smells that don't confuse your senses or bombard an easily bewildered parent or friend who is not used to buzzing hives of caffeinated awesomeness.
You come to Market Lane Coffee for coffee. I cannot be any more straightforward. You will find small sweets that dance on your tongue and flatter you until you end up paying their mother in-law's mortgage repayment. They also have a glittery selection of coffee paraphernalia that I could easily buy, use and consume and not have any regrets about.
I scan the coffee boards with my eyes, eager to see what they have on offer to appease my yearning for a drop of the finest nectar. My interest is peaked at the special guest coffee along with a blackcurrant macaron.
Double Espresso - Sertaozinho The golden brown crema on top of this treasure has the consistency of velvet and the flavour of a 1000 people saying 'Yes' at the same time. Light cinnamon flavours with lashes of creamy caramels with a light sweet finish. It coats the tongue nicely but not in an overpowering way. The love in this cup warms the cockles of my cold Melbourne heart.
Blackcurrant Macaron Sex in my mouth? How crass. The blackcurrant macaron is amazing. The sweetness is balanced out by the tartness of the currant flavour providing a modest and very well respected experience.
It does get busy and like any place that gets busy, it can get noisy. According to their recent tweets, you usually won't have to wait more than 10 minutes for your coffee. That being said, even if it does take longer, know that they are putting effort into your coffee, no one cuts corners here.
The staff have always been polite whenever I have been there, regardless of how busy things are. The staff are always helping each other out, ensuring that what is brought to you is the best they could do.
Done with market shopping for the day? Content with leaving that 'someone else' to decide if they want Lebanese cucumbers or Continental cucumbers? Market Lane is here for you.