Now Open: Essendon’s Assembly Ground, Serving Pina Coladas and Fried-Chicken Tacos for Brunch

Written for Broadsheet Before opening a cafe of his own, JohnPaul Marmora worked as a real-estate agent and a sales manager. “I actually spent a lot of time in cafes [for work],” he says. “And owning a cafe of my own was something I always wanted to do; to bring my vision to life.” In… Continue reading Now Open: Essendon’s Assembly Ground, Serving Pina Coladas and Fried-Chicken Tacos for Brunch

Maker Fine Coffee

Written for Broadsheet Maker Fine Coffee acts as a cellar door for coffee drinkers, with baristas and roasters on hand to answer any coffee-related questions. From source of origin, to cupping and roasting processes, transparency is an important part of the business for owners Stephanie and John Vroom. The Vrooms, both industry veterans, don’t believe… Continue reading Maker Fine Coffee

Now Open: A New Coffee Bar by Richmond-Born Roastery Clark Street

Written for Broadsheet Clark Street Coffee owner Melissa Floreani’s love of coffee stems from her childhood and her Italian heritage. “Everyone was always drinking coffee. It always smelled so good to me,” she says. “I remember thinking at that time, ‘This is something I really love.’” With more than 20 years’ experience in the industry,… Continue reading Now Open: A New Coffee Bar by Richmond-Born Roastery Clark Street

Veneziano Coffee Roasters Opens First Cafe in Richmond

Written for Broadsheet Melbourne Veneziano co-founders Rocky Veneziano and Craig Dickson have been selling coffee from their Abbotsford roastery for almost 13 years. “[It] was not only an opportunity to showcase our brand,” Dickson says. “It’s always been a place where all our talent has been developed from.” Some of Australia’s most successful baristas have… Continue reading Veneziano Coffee Roasters Opens First Cafe in Richmond

An Iconic Melbourne Institution With Roman Roots

Brunetti Carlton For Bar Supervisor Carlo Mellini, working at Brunetti is a family affair. His father, Achille Mellini (a pastry chef) received a job offer from Brunetti in 2000. That’s when the family moved from Rome to Melbourne. “I come from a family of three generations of pastry chefs,” Carlo’s mother Vincenza works there too,… Continue reading An Iconic Melbourne Institution With Roman Roots

Sttoke: A Sleek Reusable Cup With a Shatterproof Design

Written for Broadsheet Takeaway coffee is a disaster. While most people believe they’re recyclable, the thin polyethylene film on the inside of most cups means they go straight to landfill. And, globally, that pile of paper and plastic grows by the billions every year. But, thanks to the efforts of shows such as the ABC’s War on… Continue reading Sttoke: A Sleek Reusable Cup With a Shatterproof Design

Now Open: A 100 Per Cent Plant-Based Cafe in the West

Written for Broadsheet A maidenhair fern needs frequent watering (but not too much) and the perfect amount of sunlight and humidity in order to thrive. You need to think carefully about location and environment before you put one anywhere. “I’d definitely call that [a plant] that wants attention but will reward you for it,” says horticulturalist Stephanie… Continue reading Now Open: A 100 Per Cent Plant-Based Cafe in the West

Field Black Opens in Northcote

Written for Broadsheet If you ask owner Fraser Davies how he came to name his new cafe Field Black, you’ll get a couple of answers. The meaning of “Black” changes depending on your provenance. If you’re a Melburnian, “black” refers to the city’s (stereotypical) penchant for black clothes, and its thriving coffee scene. But Kiwis… Continue reading Field Black Opens in Northcote

Free Coffee for National Recycling Week

Written for Broadsheet All you need is your reusable coffee cup. Two Melbourne cafes, Lights in the Attic and The Crux & Co., are giving away free takeaway coffee next week for anyone who brings their own reusable cup. In support of National Recycling Week, the two cafes and sustainable coffee cup company Frank Green… Continue reading Free Coffee for National Recycling Week

Mister Hoffman

Written for Broadsheet Melbourne  As a young girl, Petra Parker dreamed of owning her own cafe. She played shops and spent her afternoons baking with her Oma (grandmother) – a tradition she now shares with her young boys, Oskar and Max. Petra and husband Dean Parker took over the Mister Hoffman site in the spur… Continue reading Mister Hoffman