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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published February 19th 2020
The early bird can get coffee here
There are four ways to enjoy your morning coffee in Lilydale. Instant, percolated or pods at home. Or you can turn up at 6.00 am to Your Local Roaster in Main Street.

Roaster sign
Our destination.

Barista Charly says that often when they open at 6.00 am, there are customers waiting to get in. Now, that's a good endorsement.

Barista Charly at work.

cafe interior
Having a coffee break.

This small café specialises in coffee, but you can also get a range of smoothies, slices and toasties. The non-believers can opt for a range of different tea blends.

cafe interior
Display cabinets and counter.

You can purchase a variety of coffee beans to take home for your coffee machine as they offer beans from Central America, South America, Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Ethiopia, Africa, Timor, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Coffee beans.
Buckets of coffee beans. A United Nations mix.

Their normal coffee is made from their Moka Premium blend. This is a blend of South American, Oceania, and Indonesian sourced beans. It is described as being creamy, rich and full bodied.

Ethiopian coffee beans.
The Ethiopian blend.

If you ask, they can make your coffee from any of the beans they stock, with each batch describing their taste. Some of the tastes mentioned are, strong, bold, chocolate tones, full body, cocoa and a silky heavy texture. Who thought wine descriptions were exotic?

cafe interior
Menu boards behind counter.

My coffee was hot, as ordered and my large blueberry muffin was suitable warmed with a generous portion of butter and a knife and fork to assist consumption.

coffee & muffin.
My hot coffee and warm muffin.

I asked Charly how many coffee beans were needed to make a cup of coffee. She didn't know but showed me how many they used. It was about half a cup full. I declined the offer to count them, as I'm a writer, not a bean counter.

organic coffee beans
There are several organic blends.

You can coffee-in, coffee-out or coffee take-away. The coffee out option is sitting in the alfresco area on the footpath, under large umbrellas.

alfresco coffee
Outdoor coffee option.

A trend at good coffee outlets is to advertise their establishment on their take-away coffee cups. Your Local Roaster is one of them.

Coffee take-away cup.
It pays to advertise.

Your Local Roaster is situated in the low end of Main Street close to Olinda Creek. It is very quiet, except for six o'clock in the morning.

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Why? For an early morning coffee.
When: Monday to Friday 6.00 am to 4.00 pm. Saturday 7.00 am to 2.00 pm.
Phone: 9735-8912
Where: 182 Main Street Lilydale. Melways map: 38. E.4.
Cost: Coffee & muffin $9-00.
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