Approximately three weeks ago, on a Tuesday afternoon, I met a friend for coffee at a charming café in the Macedon Ranges, about an hour's drive from Melbourne's CBD. Mr. Café, dubbed Mr. Macedon, sits about three-quarters along Macedon's Victoria Street, tucked away between their post office and bakery. Upon arriving, we found the street to be quiet and still - a picture of the open air of urbanised country rurality. Inside the cafe, it was cosy with couches lining the back wall and long windows letting in the sun.
After one glance at their drinks menu, it was easy to distinguish where Mr. Macedon had sourced their ingredients. All about the environment, my friend and I loved how local and organic their suppliers are. Their chai mix is from local business, Anushka Chai, based in Woodend and fifteen minutes from Mr. Macedon. Their chocolate and cocoa is made by Grounded Pleasures, a family-owned company based in Ballarat, less than an hour drive from Mr. Macedon. And their coffee is from both Allpress Espresso, which aims to inspire human connection, and First Press Coffee, founded by a duo of travellers searching for wellness and freedom.
Perusing the drinks menu, we seriously considered ordering a fresh juice or one of the dairy-free smoothies as we especially loved the look of the mixed berry smoothie made with dates and almond milk. However, on this particular Tuesday, the cold weather won and we eventually ordered a chai latte and a soy chai tea. Service was unusually efficient and our drinks arrived, impeccably presented, after only a few minutes. We loved how the barista had left the liquid in its beaker beside a clear serving mug and strainer and had presented it on a board, inscribed in the right-hand corner with a tiny 'Mr.'
My friend and I hadn't been that hungry (shock horror!) when we'd arrived at Mr. Macedon and had planned on only ordering drinks. But, after reading their food menu, complete with an all-day breakfast, selection of bagels, lunch options and several 'something smalls' (perfect for the kiddies and light eaters), we found their meals far too enticing to resist.
After much deliberation, we decided to order a gluten-free Mediterranean smash and a cinnamon croissant. A combination of avocado, lemon and pomegranates on a thick slice of gluten-free bread, the Mediterranean smash was a fresh and natural delight that filled our stomachs with just enough room left to squeeze in the cinnamon croissant. Suffice to say that we really enjoyed our food and will definitely be visiting Mr. Macedon again in the very near future.
Mr. Macedon's Cinnamon Bagel & Mediterranean Smash