If you’re considering a coffee crawl, do it in Carlton. Our top five Carlton coffee spots aren’t just cafés – they’re international bean scouts, micro-roasters, baristas and purveyors. You know how you like coffee? Well, the people behind these places live coffee.
8 Raffa Pl, Carlton 3053 | (03) 8060 6987
Don’t be alarmed by the strange spelling – this café’s name is borrowed from the first known coffee advertisement, published in London in 1652. This micro-roastery keeps thing simple by sourcing top quality beans, roasting them to perfection and serving coffee without pretence. The antique advert says that coffee should be “taken as hot as can be endured” but without “fetching skin off the mouth” but we’re happy to report that The Vertue of the Coffee Drink serves it at an absolutely reasonable drinking temperature.
60 Pelham St, Carlton 3053 | 0430 263 333
They’re more of a shop than a café, but there’s a communal table for those that want to sit in and sip. The Assembly team does heaps of research to source coffee beans that are interesting, delicious and ethically-produced. They then partner with local roasters to get the beans all toasty and brown and ready to drink.
176 Faraday St, Carlton 3053 | (03) 9804 7434
Market Lane does everything but grow the beans. They work with fair trade farmers around the world to bring Melbourne the best of the season’s beans, which they then roast and brew themselves. Market Lane isn’t so much a café as it is a converted storeroom with a window on the street, but it’s too good to leave off the list. And because you’re a delightful human inside and out, you should treat yourself to a croissant from the adjoining bakery, D. Chirico.
114 Berkeley Street, Carlton 3053 | (03) 9347 8664
The Seven Seeds crew roasts beans every damn day. Those beans, however, change all the time. Seven Seeds takes a seasonal approach to coffee, sourcing beans from around the world to make the most of beans as they hit peak quality in various locations throughout the year. If you can’t put your finger on why a Seven Seeds coffee is so good, that might be why.
348 Drummond St, Carlton 3053 | (03) 9348 2068
It’s clear from the moment you walk in that the folks at Vincent the Dog are serious about coffee, but they still make it fun. Their coffee menu is technical but written with so much cheek and personality that it doesn’t come off as pretentious. Unlike most of the cafés on our list, V the D doesn’t roast their own beans, but they source their coffee carefully and serve it expertly.