Hi guys - well, this is the official listing of our Top 5 Cafes of Melbourne for 2010.
1. Auction Rooms [North Melbourne]
2. Maling Room [Canterbury]
3. Market Lane [South Yarra]
4. Seven Seeds [Carlton]
5. Proud Mary [Collingwood]
Congratulations to these superb five cafes, and thanks very much to the judges: Andreas Martinu [head roaster at Atomica], David Makin [two-time Australian Barista Champ], Mel Caia [senior trainer at Melbourne's Coffee Academy] and our very own Patrick Sloane [aka askthecoffeeguy]!
Just a word about the methodology - as stated above, this is all about the coffee - in particular espresso. It's nice when there's great service and ambience, and our reviewers certainly appreciated when cafes went out of their way to offer other coffee options [eg Syphon, Pour-over, etc] but this is primarily about espresso coffee.
While it's obvious that results can vary day-by-day [& barista by barista], as we stated previously we went out of our way to try and negate these factors and make this the most rigorous cafe review possible. However we must concede that on any given day, the cafe rated [for example] no. 4 might do a better shot than that we've listed at number 3, but we've tried our best to give the order correctly as we see it, from reviews over the last couple of months.
However, it's a credit to these cafes to be in the Top 5, whether no. 1 or no. 5, so once again, congrats to these great cafes!