If you haven't heard – Station Street Café, opposite Nunawading train station, has hands down the best coffee in Melbourne. Every morning for two years, I've stumbled in a zombie, and walked out a real human being. So great is the coffee at this café that I opened up a tab and now I'll need a second job just to pay it off (writing helps).
They use Gravity Espresso's 6° Darker's blend which Gravity describes as "Dark and sweet with a luscious, creamy mouth feel. This blend has rich, deep complexity with chocolate notes and a smooth, malty, persistent aftertaste." I'm pretty sure the baristas also use magic.
The café atmosphere itself is both buzzing and relaxed, with tables indoors and out, comfy couches, giant tables, art on the walls, good music, excellent service, and the food is great too – the vanilla slice and the macadamia biscuits are both to die for. My real favourite for lunch is just a bowl of chips washed down with an iced chocolate, but they serve fancier (and I imagine healthier) things too. Like tapas on Friday nights, accompanied by local music artists like Lily and King, a cool folk/acoustic duo. Everything's reasonably priced and the staff are all lovely. This café has a great community feel to it.
As for the downsides, some may find the menu a little limited or that the café can get a bit loud or even crowded at times (you can book ahead), but in my experience the coffee more than makes up for it – everywhere else is just second best.
Station Street Café is perfect for your morning coffee on the way to work, great for a relaxed lunch or meeting and just a cool place to hang out on Friday nights. If you're in the Eastern suburbs, it's definitely worth a try. Bonus: there's a quirky, seriously crowded second hand bookshop nearby, as well as a cute vintage clothing shop.
If you're a coffee addict like me, maybe you could tell me where else I should try?