Best CBD cof­fee

We tried them all. These are the best brews to get your work day off to a flyng start

Time Out (Melbourne) - - INSIDE - Edited by Emily Lloyd-tait Time Out re­views anony­mously and pays for meals Pho­tog­ra­phy Gra­ham Den­holm

20White Mojo

White Mojo is one of Mel­bourne’s most In­sta­grammable cafés – and they have Wi-fi to make that easy for ev­ery­one. From the food to the black se­same lat­tes and the wood pan­elling, ev­ery­thing is ridicu­lously pho­to­genic. Cof­fee is a house blend, made from a mix of nat­u­rally dried and washed Su­ma­tran beans. The process re­sults in an in­tense, fruity flavour in your brew. à115 Hard­ware St, Mel­bourne 3000. 03 9078 8119. www. white­ Mon-fri 7am-4pm; Sat, Sun 8am-5pm.

19Sun Moth Can­teen

Nat­u­ral light, large wooden ta­bles and menus on black­boards give Sun Moth Can­teen a re­laxed, rus­tic vibe. It helps that it’s tucked away from the main roads – it never feels crowded, even dur­ing the lunchtime rush. Lat­tes are made with the Small Batch Candy­man blend. It’s got a ma­cadamia kick and earthy notes. à28 Ni­a­gara Ln, Mel­bourne 3000. 03 9602 4554. www.sun­ Mon 7.15am-4pm; Tue-fri 7.15am-11pm; Sat 11am-11pm.

18Gold Drops

Gold Drops spe­cialise in nat­u­rally pro­cessed cof­fee. Un­washed, the beans are left to dry with the fruit still on. It’s a process that re­sults in an in­tensely sweet and fruity cup of cof­fee. To grasp the dif­fer­ence between this and washed beans, try a long black. It’s a light, tangy cherry cup with a sweet af­ter­taste. Get a cruf­fin filled with jam or salted caramel to com­plete your morn­ing rit­ual. à183 Lit­tle Collins St, Mel­bourne 3000. 03 9639 6891. Mon-fri 7.30am-4.30pm.

17Sa­cred Al­ley Espresso Bar

Sa­cred Al­ley is a mod­ern café with large blue booths and white wooden chairs. Dukes Cof­fee Roast­ers sup­ply the beans for white and sin­gle ori­gin cof­fees. For black cof­fee, they use Maker Fine Cof­fee beans. If you can get it, have the Maven sea­sonal blend. It’s a Colom­bian bean with a grape and cherry aroma, medium body and great tex­ture. à12 Eq­ui­table Pl, Mel­bourne 3000. 03 9606 0205. Mon-fri 6am-4pm; Sat 8am-noon.

16Work­shop Brothers

Axil Roast­ers have been pro­vid­ing the blends and Monk Bodhi Dharma the sin­gle ori­gins, but Work­shop Brothers have branched out and cre­ated their own blend called the Huntly. It’s a peachy medium roast with a crisp, sweet af­ter­taste, de­li­cious in a flat white. All the white cof­fees are $4 for a small. à190 Queen St, Mel­bourne 3000. 03 9078 6533. work­shop­broth­ au. Mon-fri 7am-4pm; Sat, Sun 8am-3pm.

15Tom Thumb

They’re us­ing the Pony blend from Cle­ment (of the Sensory Lab, Mar­ket Lane and St Ali fam­ily) so you’re guar­an­teed a milk cof­fee with a caramel ap­ple flavour. Black cof­fees are made with a Sensory Lab sin­gle ori­gin. De­spite the queue, the team here are al­ways smil­ing. There’s a 50 cent BYO cup dis­count à53 Flin­ders Ln, Mel­bourne 3000. Mon-thu 7am-4pm; Fri 7am-5pm.

14Lit­tle Bean Blue

At the end of a row of cafés on Lit­tle Collins is this unas­sum­ing café where gruff but knowl­edge­able baris­tas are hard at work. Lit­tle Bean Blue uses beans from Geelong’s Cof­fee Car­tel Roast­ers to make cof­fee ev­ery way, from a clas­sic espresso to fil­ters and cold drips. A small costs $3.80. à15 Lit­tle Collins St, Mel­bourne 3000. 03 9650 0046. Mon-fri 6am-5pm.

They make the smoothest flat white you’ve ever tasted

13Cup of Truth

The sub­way between De­graves and Flin­ders Street Sta­tion has Sticky In­sti­tute, Mel­bourne’s only in­de­pen­dent zine co-op; na­ture-in­spired jew­ellery from Corky St Claire; and Cup of Truth, a true hole-in-the-wall. They use Axil roasted beans to make the smoothest flat white you’ve ever tasted. à 12 Camp­bell Ar­cade, Mel­bourne 3000. 0498 256 786. MonThu 6.15am-3.30pm; Fri 6.15am-2.45pm.

12Toby’s Es­tate

Staff are cheery ex­perts and Toby’s Es­tate owns its own bean farm, Finca Santa Teresa in Panama. Our pick is the $5 busi­ness + plea­sure: a dou­ble dose in the form of an espresso and a flat white made with sin­gle ori­gin beans. à 325 Flin­ders Ln, Mel­bourne 3000. 03 9939 4578.­by­ses­ Mon-fri 7am-5pm; Sat 8am-3pm.

11LB2 Spe­cial­ity Cof­fee

They pick the best beans from Axil and Cof­fee Car­tel to craft the per­fect cup of joe. Op­tions in­clude the v60 pour over, batch brews and cold drips, plus reg­u­lar espresso styles. A small latte is $4; a pour over is usu­ally $6.50. à2 Gal­lagher Pl, Mel­bourne 3000. Mon-fri 7am-4.30pm.

10Sbriga Espresso Bar

Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from Rome’s cof­fee bars, Sbriga is all about ex­cel­lent cof­fee, de­li­cious snacks and cos­mopoli­tan vibes. The beans are from Colling­wood roast­ery All­press, with the house blend a malty Supremo made from Brazil­ian, Colom­bian and Pa­pua New Guinean beans. à 3/280 King St, Mel­bourne 3000. 03 9077 7653. Mon-fri 6.30am-3pm.

9Lit­tle League

Two ship­ping con­tain­ers and Astro­turf don’t au­to­mat­i­cally say ‘café’, but then this is Mel­bourne. Lit­tle League use Padre beans and a cof­fee is $4. There’s fil­ter, pour over and cold drip as well as steamed milk classics. à513 Queen Vic­to­ria Sq, Mel­bourne 3000. Tue, Thu 7am-2pm; Wed 5-10pm; Fri 7am-3pm; Sat 7am-4pm; Sun 8am-4pm.

8Mar­ket Lane

The only milk they serve is full fat cow’s milk, the cof­fee only comes in one size, you have to put your own lid on your take­away, and there is al­ways, al­ways a line. The sea­sonal blend of­fers a full bod­ied, hazel­nut-heavy cup with ap­ple un­der­tones. à8 Collins St, Mel­bourne 3000. 03 9804 7434. mar­ket­ Mon-fri 7am-4pm.

7Brother Baba Bu­dan

The ori­gin story of Brother Baba Bu­dan is that he stole seven seeds of cof­fee from the Mid­dle East and took them to In­dia. Now his namesake is a Seven Seeds branch in the city, a noisy place with a large com­mu­nal ta­ble and a ten-minute wait time. Take­away is your best bet, as there are more chairs on the ceil­ing than on the floor. à 359 Lit­tle Bourke St, Mel­bourne 3000. 03 9606 0449. Mon-sat 7am-5pm; Sun 9am-5pm.

6Sen­sory Lab

The sin­gle ori­gins change fre­quently and baris­tas are across any cof­fee ques­tion you could throw at them. But this ex­per­tise comes at a price: the fan­ci­est cup of sin­gle ori­gin pour over can cost you up to $9 and a stan­dard ‘white’ cof­fee costs $4.50. But then, ev­ery espresso shot is a dou­ble. à30 Collins St, Mel­bourne 3000. sen­so­ry­lab. Mon-sat 7am-5pm; Sun 9am-3pm.

5Dukes Cof­fee Roast­ers

In­side the beau­ti­ful old Ross House build­ing they’re com­mit­ted to or­ganic, eth­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly cof­fee beans. The price of a fil­ter ranges between $3 and $10, while an espresso cup any way will set you back $4, or $3.50 if you bring your own cup. à247 Flin­ders Ln, Mel­bourne 3000. 03 9417 5578. www. Mon-fri 7am-4.30pm; Sat 9am-5pm.


This stand­ing-room-only cof­fee shop has friendly but speedy baris­tas, who churn out high qual­ity cof­fees at an im­pres­sive rate. There’s only one cup size and it’ll cost you $4 if you take it black or fil­ter, and $4.30 for white cof­fees. àcnr Lit­tle Bourke & Lit­tle Wil­liam Sts, Mel­bourne 3000.­tri­ci­a­cof­ Mon-fri 7am-4pm.

3Axil Cof­fee Roast­ers

The pri­or­ity at Axil is high qual­ity, eth­i­cal cof­fee. Their beans are roasted lo­cally in Hawthorn. The sin­gle ori­gin op­tions are ro­tated daily, and the sea­sonal blend has a dark choco­late and nougat flavour pro­file. Stan­dard cups are a lit­tle cheaper than many places at $3.80. à76 Flin­ders Ln & Shop E6, 121 Ex­hi­bi­tion St, Mel­bourne 3000. ax­il­cof­ Mon-fri 7am-4pm.


The house spe­cial­ity is cold drip. The slow ex­trac­tion method com­bined with the house­roasted sin­gle ori­gin beans re­sults in a fruity, rich, and slightly acidic cup of cof­fee. The fil­ter range is equally im­pres­sive. At $4, it’s hardly Mel­bourne’s most ex­pen­sive cof­fee. à495 Collins St & 1 Ex­hi­bi­tion St, Mel­bourne 3000. 03 9620 0519. www.bon­niecof­ Mon-fri 7am-4pm.

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