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If Melbourne has the World's Best Coffee, Where Is the Best of The World's Best?

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Published March 27th 2014
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Melbourne has been voted as having the world's best coffee. Husband and I have been on a bit of a quest to find the best of the world's best. We love a good night cap(puccino) at home, so our quest is for the best beans for home brewing (we actually prefer a nice flat white, but it didn't sound as good).

I did have to excuse myself from a conversation last night at a dinner party, when the topic turned to how much everybody loved their Nespresso machines and Aldi Expressi machines. "Nespresso" is pretty much a swear word around our place; as a self-proclaimed coffee snob, I just stopped talking so as not to offend! All that to say, don't expect cheap and cheerful here folks, this list is the real-deal, straight from the source, most roasted within a day or so of you buying the beans and grinding them yourself in your own home.

Still interested? Carry on coffee aficionados.

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Here's our short-list:

Seven Seeds coffee from Brother Baba Budan. We literally tried every bean and blend they offer.

Favourites: Decaf & El Gordo $52/kg
Decaf, I know, blasphemy, right? Well, we love our night-time coffees but can't handle the buzz. We splurge on this one, as it gives even the best full-caff a good run for its money. I dare you to compare and come up with the one that's decaf. We love, love, love this blend.

Decaf Colombia Las Serranias
Apricots, banana and soft chocolate; a high-class natural processed decaf coffee from Southern Hulia. Decaffeinated at the Descafecol plant in Manizales using a derivative from sugar-cane known as Ethel Acetate (EA). The pleasing characteristic of the sugar-cane adds to the sweetness and acidity."

It's so good that this is the one and only decaf option that Seven Seeds has.

El Gordo
A blend that is full bodied and stands up to milk. Perfect for that milky cap, but check out our house espresso or a single origin if you are a black coffee drinker."
50% Kenya, Mugaya
50% Honduras, Catalino Vasquez

Sensory Lab. Our favourites by far were the Brazilians, they're seasonal though, so don't fall in love too quickly.

Favourite: Brazil Fazenda Sitio do Savio $60/kg
Single Origin - Light toffee aromas and a super creamy mouthfeel support milk chocolate and caramel flavours."

Sensory Lab also offers barista classes, latte art workshops, and more, several times per week, in as little as 45 minutes per class. Might be a neat guy-gift?

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Quists Coffee
Melbourne's first coffee roasters (est 1938) are the first ones to bring a more affordable roast into our home. We're reasonably satisfied with their decaf ($37.50/kg). We're currently enjoying the Eclaire ($33.50/kg), a "rich, strong and fruity with a delightful lingering aftertaste."

We've enjoyed a couple others from Quists, including the Quists Own Blend ($33/kg), the Colombian ($40/kg), and the Costa Rican ($36/kg).

We'd love to try some more beans as well as experiment with various price points. Do you have a favourite supermarket blend that you can vouch for? A roaster in the suburbs that you inhale deeply from? Let us know in the "share your local knowledge" space above. Until then, happy caffeinating!
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Try Proud Mary's in Collingwood. It has the best coffee I've ever tasted - including single origin. I think it's even better than Seven Seeds.
by jill. (score: 0|6) 2022 days ago
I love Pellegrinis in Bourke Street.
by Coffee Break With Belinda (score: 2|403) 2014 days ago
My favorite supermarket brand - Moccona. Love every single one of their wide range. (This is instant coffee, I know, but it's too rude not to mention cos for me it's to die for)
by voddy (score: 1|63) 2015 days ago

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