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Top 5 Melbourne Coffees

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by Melanie Lynn (subscribe)
Going wherever the wind blows me and enjoying the ride.
Published May 22nd 2012
Auction Rooms
Auction Rooms Coffee

No matter how broke you are, most people can scrape together enough money for a coffee. When you think about it, it's rather ironic that most things rise in price as the quality increases, but from the freshly roasted top-notch beans, to the sad instant cup at your local servo (that has a flavour reminiscent of cigarette butts) the price discrepancy of a coffee is minimal.

Omar and the Marvellous Coffee Bird
Omar Coffee & Danish

The beauty of this is, you can go to the fanciest café in town, and the most you'll ever pay is $4 for a small coffee. In light of this epiphany, I see no reason why anyone should be having mediocre coffee when they could be having the best in Melbourne for the same price.

Of the cafes I have visited in the past months, I have compiled a list of 5 of the best 'bang for your buck coffees'. These are the places that will give you the highest quality coffee for your three dollars fifty, while also providing you with a unique ambience and environment.

1. Seven seeds
Currently voted Melbourne's #1 coffee by The Age Good Cafe Guide (and for good reason) Seven Seeds roasts their own fabulous beans at their warehouse café, which results in a tasty little blend sure to satisfy the fussiest of palates. The decorating style you can expect is a blend of old verses new with plenty of individualised flair.
Small coffee: $3.80

Seven Seeds
Seven Seeds Cappuccino

2. Lawson Grove Shop
If you like finding thrilling hide-away places to meander, than Lawson Grove is the place for you. You'll find this little darling tucked away in the suburban streets of South Yarra. With buckets of old school charm, there are also a variety of small-goods to be purchased. Be warned though, don't come expecting a cheap meal. The food here is all high class with the price tag to match. Lawson Grove serve Gravity Coffee, but it's more than likely the unique décor and private location that will have you rushing back for your second visit.
Small Coffee: $3.50

Lawson Grove Shop
Lawson Grove Shop Decorations

3. The Final Step
This funky nook has a real earth-roots, organic hippy vibe going for it. The Final Step is a tiny space that has somehow managed to include an old piano as part of their furnishings. Using Seven Seeds as their coffee of choice, it's hard to go wrong, but good coffee is nothing without a great barista, and the guys at The Final Step will definitely not disappoint you. On display in the centre of the room, there is a titillating selection of sweets you can savour, which come from a wholesale baking business called Caaaake!.
Small Coffee: $3.50.

The Final Step
The Final Step Interior

4. Auction Rooms
This self roasting café has been buzzing with people every time I have visited. It's not surprising the masses condense here, considering the quality coffee you can expect every time without fail. There is also a variety of specialty coffee up for grabs if you feel like trying something new.
Small Coffee: $3.50

The Auction Rooms
Auction Rooms Specialty Coffee

5. Omar & The Marvellous Coffee Bird
A personal favourite of mine, Omar's serve a marvellous, almost chocolaty brew, that once you have tasted, won't be your last. With unmatched in-store magnetism, you will experience more than just great coffee. Omar & The Marvellous Coffee Bird provides a memorable experience and will awaken the child in the crustiest old Scrooge.
Small Coffee: $3.50

Omar and the Marvellous Coffee Bird
Omar and the Marvellous Coffee Bird Cafe

...6. Unnamed fast food coffee
With blinding fluorescent lights that immobilize you momentarily as you enter, you can be sure to enjoy the complementary petrol smell drifting in as you wait for your brew. Expect your coffee to be scalding hot or lukewarm with a lingering burnt flavour.
Small Coffee: $3.50.

The moral of the story? We can all afford to be having fabulous coffee. Hip-Hip Hooray. So next time you feel like a coffee, don't cave and go for an instant fix. Find your own little corner café, or visit one of these, where you can pay the same dollars for a superior product.

Know any other great 'Bang for you Buck' Coffees? Leave a comment and let everyone know.

Happy drinking.
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Your Comment
Creatures of Habit - Ivanhoe; has amazing coffee
by Tziae (score: 1|24) 2779 days ago
I love my latte strong and creamy and have found a nice little cafe in Altona opposite the bus/train station called "Cafe Ninety Two". For a small cup at $3.30 this is enough to jump start my morning dose of inspiration.. Freshly ground beans are used, milk is always creamy and frothy and they use a coffee card system which is a real bonus particularly on those "rainy days" (when you are struggling to find enough loose change)...
by Teo (score: 1|22) 2779 days ago
Bites in Woodend. Amazing coffee... but on the expenisve side.
by amand (score: 1|18) 2782 days ago
I suggest you try Cottle on Coventry near the South Melbourne market. Great coffee, fresh cake selection that always seems to be changing in variety and texture, friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere. It is a favourite haunt every week and never disappoints.
by ian_d (score: 1|35) 2799 days ago
Bigger than my belly. New cafe! Glen Huntly Road Elsternwick. Great coffee and the best food to go with your coffee and in house cakes made fresh daily! Best carrot cake and Rocky road. Also The roasting house North Melbourne.
by laura (score: 1|18) 2776 days ago
Grind in the City has the best coffee that I've tasted in the city and it's only $2.50. Just off Degraves at 4 Centre Place, there is always a great bustling atmosphere and it never disappoints.
by luisa (score: 1|16) 2789 days ago
West 48 on Essex St in west Footscray is superb. It's really new, has a great vibe and for a cafe on a residential street is always buzzing!
by mayus (score: 1|14) 2769 days ago
Ponyfish Cafe. Awesome location and great, friendly staff. Very family friendly during teh day too.
by Karen B (score: 1|12) 2774 days ago
Try DMARCO ESPRESSO BAR in paramount centre - Little Bourke St entrance. Great coffee & food. Run by 2 brothers and has an old charming style about it.
by katdom (score: 0|8) 2610 days ago
Best place is Spout in Gleneira rd. Ripponlea. Great coffee relaxed and friendly atmosphere
by Dinag (score: 0|8) 2546 days ago costing almost $4? That's a huge mark-up when it costs cafes no more than 40c per cup to make. Yes to the cafe already mentioned in Degraves St selling it for $2.50.
by caz13 (score: 2|159) 2763 days ago
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