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Published March 27th 2014
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.
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.
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
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!