Melbourne, VIC 3000
There’s a lot about Melbourne that I take for granted, and being able to find a good coffee on any street corner is one of them. From what I’ve heard, there’s usually only one type of coffee served in America – coffee, and Starbucks is where you would head if you want some good fancy brew. Then you come back to Melbourne and every other cafe is offering 7 different blends made any way you like – cold drip, syphon, filtered, you name it and they’ll probably do it.
My favourite place to grab a morning coffee would have to be Brother Baba Budan. It’s a non-descript little shop on Little Bourke Street, something you probably walked past a million times without noticing. But in the early hours of the morning, the small space is absolutely jam packed with office workers and coffee fiends getting their first caffeine hit of the day. Just look out for the shady tree out the front and chairs hanging from the ceiling inside.
What I love the most about Brother Baba Budan is how their coffees have a unique flavour each day, thanks to the different blends they use. The Small Skinny Flat White ($3.8) I had today was bold and rich, which huge malty and chocolate overtones. If you have time (and if you’re lucky enough to find the space) you can easily stay here for a whole afternoon, with a cold drip coffee or two (single origin, of course) and one of their many slices and pastries.
Rating: 15/20 – coffee heaven.