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« Reply #50 on: 14/05/2011, 10:28 PM »
thanks mate; should be back late Mon.

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« Reply #51 on: 15/05/2011, 03:30 PM »
@ admin shame you couldn't make it to my joint today we did 200 covers for lunch!
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« Reply #52 on: 15/05/2011, 03:41 PM »
Sounds like Axil Coffee will be up and going as a cafe later this week. Might need to add another day to the coffee crawl/cycle through the burbs.

200 covers for any service is good going too  :)

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« Reply #53 on: 15/05/2011, 06:04 PM »
... well guys, just got back after a mini-cafe crawl this afternoon, and have to say things are really 'hopping' in Melb; just some great cafes [& more importantly] fantastic coffee... some would say Seattle is the coffee capital of the world at the moment, but having just got back from there, I have to say it's Melbourne [& I don't say that lightly].

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« Reply #54 on: 15/05/2011, 07:24 PM »
... well guys, just got back after a mini-cafe crawl this afternoon, and have to say things are really 'hopping' in Melb; just some great cafes [& more importantly] fantastic coffee... some would say Seattle is the coffee capital of the world at the moment, but having just got back from there, I have to say it's Melbourne [& I don't say that lightly].

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« Reply #55 on: 16/05/2011, 08:24 AM »
thanks mate - great to be back; really excited about this year's Melb best cafes!

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« Reply #56 on: 17/05/2011, 04:30 PM »
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I can confirm..... Axil Coffee Roasters OPENS tommorrow morning at 7am. @zoedelany @davidmakin @mattperger @RyanKieranTan all on deck!!!

That takes care of Friday Lunch for me  :)

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« Reply #57 on: 28/05/2011, 09:35 PM »
Hot from the Twitterverse

I can confirm..... Axil Coffee Roasters OPENS tommorrow morning at 7am. @zoedelany @davidmakin @mattperger @RyanKieranTan all on deck!!!
That takes care of Friday Lunch for me  :)
meant to ask Bf - did you make it; what did you think?

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« Reply #58 on: 28/05/2011, 09:40 PM »
Only had one coffee there due to excessive coffee intake but the long black was excellent. Space is awesome and the staff training is right up to scratch as was the food. I asked the waiter what the S/O tastied like and he was able to give a basic rundown. Was only day 2 but well worth looking at  :)

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« Reply #59 on: 01/06/2011, 08:41 PM »
new one in the city - was wondering if anyone's been to it - called Mr Close [apparently a new Campos account]?

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« Reply #60 on: 03/06/2011, 10:10 PM »
new one in the city - was wondering if anyone's been to it - called Mr Close [apparently a new Campos account]?

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Not a new campos account - a new store owned and set up by campos will inspect soon and get back to you - the head Batista comes from Fidels in Cuba St, Wellington - and is very high credentialed ...
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« Reply #61 on: 05/06/2011, 01:15 PM »
also got to one called De Clieu while I was down recently ... have to say, it was pretty impressive!

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« Reply #62 on: 05/06/2011, 01:44 PM »
I might be missing something with De Clieu great layout etc but didn't like the vibe much considering it's heritage of bbb and 7S. Maybe I just need a hipster haircut and a fixie  ::)

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« Reply #63 on: 05/06/2011, 04:51 PM »
mmm... must admit is was a bit of a black t-shirt & jeans day, but the food was fantasitc; one coffee excellent, the second shot a bit average, from memory...

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« Reply #64 on: 07/06/2011, 08:44 PM »
I might be missing something with De Clieu great layout etc but didn't like the vibe much considering it's heritage of bbb and 7S. Maybe I just need a hipster haircut and a fixie  ::)

have you considered growing a moustache?
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« Reply #65 on: 07/06/2011, 09:02 PM »
have you considered growing a moustache?


Only problem with this would be having to shave off the rest of the full winter beard ;) Might be back in a couple of weeks for a coffee or two so I will consider borrowing a fixie for the day.

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« Reply #66 on: 08/06/2011, 02:58 PM »
Hi guys - well, this is the official listing of our Top 5 Cafes of Melbourne from 2010 [as a reference point for starting to look at the 2011 candidates].

1. Auction Rooms [North Melbourne]
2. Maling Room [Canterbury]
3. Market Lane [South Yarra]
4. Seven Seeds [Carlton]
5. Proud Mary [Collingwood]


Just having a browse at last years list and thinking of who else I have had coffees at in the last year worthy of consideration amongst these lot for coffee.

3 Bag Full, Deadman Espresso, The Premises, Axil, 65 degrees, Dancing Goat.

Qiute a few I want to try too, League of Honest Gentleman, Cafenatics, Cup of Truth, Monk Bohdi Dharma, and a whole lot more.

I should also point out I am NOT part of the judging panel but I will happily accept bribes of free coffees anyway  ;D

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« Reply #67 on: 14/06/2011, 01:05 PM »
I seriously question the obove list of best 5. Although i accept your freedom to choose. Proud Mary at 5, and Mailing room 2 ???????????????????
Not sure Maling Room deserves a top 10. Unless a dramatic change in the skill level has occured recently.
Sadly Every time I've been to 7seeds lately, it has been a disappointment. But are still a top 7 for sure.
Campos is pretty Decent. My dbl rist. was pretty good. A little over extracted, but mostly excellent. Wierd position though I must say.
Proud Mary for me is topping my list, though I do admit that it's been a little inconsistant the last few weeks.
To me it seems the same names keep rolling out, but I'm not sure that they are necessarily the best.
Again I accept your freedom to choose. But the scope seems a little narrow. (knowing full well you cant try them all).
For example. though I'm sure it may have almost been a fluke. I had an excellently extracted dble esp. at "Jamaica Blue". Question my palate if you will, but I was genuinely shocked at its density and smoothness, also the beans seemed terribly fresh.
Anyway, the point is. Just having the acclaim doesn't (to me) relate to quality.
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« Reply #68 on: 14/06/2011, 02:37 PM »
Hi o,

also need to remember that that is last years list and things do change with a change of staff or direction of a particular venue even.

Like with even todays Epicure or the recent Age reviews etc there is always some I don't agree with but unless you included a top 20 or 30 then left the numbers off someone is always going to be disappointed. It is one of the great things about Melbourne if you prefer a different coffee your only a short walk to the next great venue.

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« Reply #69 on: 14/06/2011, 05:04 PM »
Well, lets us hope for an expanded view of melbournes coffee. What it seems to me, is that the only Espresso bars that get a mention (mostly). Are venues sporting a Synesso, or FB80. So is this the benchmark for a glimpse at potentially getting noticed. Or can you only make good coffee on a $17,000+ machine.

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« Reply #70 on: 14/06/2011, 05:09 PM »
Sorry for being a little hot headed, but its hard to refute what I have said, and I am sure we have all had some shocking coffee from last years top 5. I know I have.

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« Reply #71 on: 14/06/2011, 05:27 PM »
Sorry for being a little hot headed, but its hard to refute what I have said, and I am sure we have all had some shocking coffee from last years top 5. I know I have.

With you there too without wanting to start a war of words mentioning names and or coffee types. Some of the drinks I have been served (brewed and espresso milk and non milk based) were not what they could or should have been.

On my recent trip to Melbourne a few of the best milk based drinks came of older Linea's and were not anywhere on the list above. Richmond Rush Cafe on Punt Rd (a bike shop) for one of them and Little Mule in the lane just to the East of BBB. Best Espresso I had was a ristretto that Pat pulled for me at Foxy Brown. All I am getting at here is to get down to a top 5 is hard work.

My weapon of choice when I am making coffees is a 3 group lever and no plans to look at LM, Synesso etc. Shots from it are different to the usual suspects and will hold its own I reckon but that's my opinion  ;)

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« Reply #72 on: 15/06/2011, 10:38 AM »
With the sheer number of places serving coffee now in Melbourne, it would be difficult for reviewers to visit and sample contenders and as we know, our own damn palette can shift from day to day.

As there would be 400+ places, I am curious how the starting list is prepared - e.g. getting on the radar........what sort of criteria or parameters are used.......

appearance in previous reviews, fans on facebook, word of mouth, geographical proximity, publicity, etc. factors that would help raise a cafe's profile to the point it is worthy of consideration.

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« Reply #73 on: 16/06/2011, 05:00 PM »
Interesting question how to get on the radar of coffee short lists.

The newspapers are fairly good at recycling or parroting more serious reviews from what I read. Apart from that between Twitter, Facebook chat amongst the interested on various web forums, reading coffee review sites with my BS filter fully functioning.

At least that's how I generate my short list or prospective places to visit. As to narrowing them down and pinning a number on them in Melbourne of all cities it is harder than most.

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« Reply #74 on: 16/06/2011, 05:07 PM »
With the sheer number of places serving coffee now in Melbourne, it would be difficult for reviewers to visit and sample contenders and as we know, our own damn palette can shift from day to day.

As there would be 400+ places, I am curious how the starting list is prepared - e.g. getting on the radar........what sort of criteria or parameters are used.......

appearance in previous reviews, fans on facebook, word of mouth, geographical proximity, publicity, etc. factors that would help raise a cafe's profile to the point it is worthy of consideration.


actually, happy to detail at length our process/methodology, but the short answer is that it depends on the quality of the [independent] reviewer/judges, who must be intimately knowledgeable of the city involved...

Will add a bit more explanation of our process when we announce Best Cafes of Melbourne, in a couple of weeks.

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