Widely regarded as the coffee capital of Australia and undisputedly the pioneers of Australia’s world-class coffee culture – Melbourne needs no introduction. While visitors to Sydney may book themselves a Bridge climb and Opera House tour, visitors to Melbourne are more than likely to sign up for a popular ‘Coffee and Culture’ walking tour that reflects Melbourne’s historical and cultural ties to its homegrown coffee culture that has become Australia’s most famous lifestyle export. This city’s unique coffee culture is all about paying homage to the classic bean while innovating new coffee styles from pour-over and siphon to cold-
drip coffee. From veteran roasters to pioneering upstarts, Melbourne’s iconic coffee culture has always paved the way and continues to do so for the rest of the world. This selection of coffees shows off Melbourne’s vibrancy with a Summery taste sensation featuring signature roasts behind buzzing inner-city kiosks and cafes, to the cool coastal vibes of the Mornington Peninsula – our Melbourne box that was delivered to Home Baristas Club in February 2021 was created and curated by the specialty coffee roasters that continue to make this city’s coffee culture both visionary and iconic. It’s the coffee Mecca for International baristas and coffee purists with over 2000 cafes in Melbourne, almost all independent. We’re excited to transport you to Melbourne’s obsession with coffee!
Bonacci – Apostle
The crowd-pleasing, award winner! One sip and you’ll know why this exceptional blend of Brazilian and Papua New Guinea beans took home silver medals at the Golden Bean Australia competition – the world’s largest coffee competition in 2017. It continues to win over legions of loyal coffee fans with its unique flavours of shortbread biscuit, nougat, and dark chocolate. An extremely versatile coffee blend – it’s perfect as an espresso as well as with any kind of milk.
The newcomer roastery from the Peninsula. As a 16 year veteran of the coffee industry, there’s not much in coffee that Prodigal’s founder and head roaster Caleb Podhaczky hasn’t done. He’s a three-time Victoria Barista Champion and today roasts some of the most exciting blends that Melbourne baristas have tasted. With a philosophy of ‘Drink (coffee) Recklessly’, every blend that Caleb roasts with precision encompasses his dedication to make them tasty, exciting, and comforting. The seasonal Summer blend was created in the spirit and flavours of a Mornington Peninsula summer day – beaches, sun, sand, and icy-poles. Comprised of Ethiopian Archia beans – both washed and processed, the flavours impart a distinctly tropical theme of strawberry and passionfruit – refreshing and exciting. This newcomer roastery from a respected, talented coffee veteran is definitely on the one to watch list. Prodigal also choose to support local artists on their packaging with Summer 2020 featuring Maria Flores @say_hola.
Coffee connoisseurs in Melbourne will be familiar with this roastery whose coffee gained such a strong and loyal following, they opened up cafes and today have six locations around Melbourne. 3056 is their original signature blend and named after the flagship roastery’s postcode in Brunswick. A medium roast with a slick malty citrus profile, drinkers love this blend for its beautifully rounded sweetness and balanced citrus flavours. A blend of three beans from Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Brazil, it’s good with both milk and espresso with notes of stewed plum, citrus, peanut butter, vanilla malt, and milk chocolate. Transport yourself into Melbourne’s top-rated favourite cafes with this delicious blend!
Rumble Coffee Roastery – Street Fighter
Another great blend from the roasters that won the Gold medal in the last Home Baristas Awarded Collection. This season’s Street Fighter blend delivers a super sweet one-two punch from washed and natural coffee beans originating from Guatemala and Honduras. Medium-bodied but full-flavoured, this delicious blend offers a bold mouthful of chocolate, berries, and mandarin. This is another winner from the founders of the ultimate ‘good karma’ coffee roasting company who are pioneers of the first Transparency Project in Australia’s coffee industry dedicated to building strong relationships and giving back to the
communities and coffee farmers where they buy beans from. These guys paid 1.9 the fair-trade minimum to the growers for these coffee beans – so know that you’re also sipping some great karmic vibes in every sweet cup of coffee