Coffee & Melbourne

What is it about Melbournians and their obsession for coffee? If my research and general understanding succeeds me, I realise that people have been drinking all types of coffee for years now all over the world. With this knowledge in tact, I cannot for the life of me understand why people living in Melbourne seem to be under the impression that their coffee drinking abilities, their cafés and their ‘instagram flics of their latest brew’ are far more fascinating and important than all the cities in the world. Being a tall, strong, hot skinny caramel latte drinker myself I guess it is hard for me to judge the general population as I too have succumbed to this ‘coffee-drinking phenomenon’ however some tiny small inch of my being can still see the light… and the light is telling me… coffee is coffee! When did coffee become so complicated?

I guess in a city where we are continuously experiencing four seasons per day, where the possibility of ‘dressing for the weather’ or having a ‘good hair day’ is simply out of the question, the only thing left to a Melbournians control is the quality of their morning brew. And so they control just that. A Melbournian would never enter a café and ask simply for ‘just coffee’; in fact an intellectual barista would not even allow it. Melbournians are too busy ordering soy chai lattes with extra honey and cinnamon or white chocolate mocha Frappuccino’s with double whipped cream and an extra shot of espresso.

Is it the hustle and bustle of the city, the stress of our office jobs or the lack of functioning public transportation in Melbourne that makes coffee drinking so much more desirable than in other countries? I guess we will never really know. But what we do know is that since coffee took over our society, Melbournians will forever be judged for the cafes they frequent and for the type of coffee they drink. I guess we will never be able to pin point the exact moment where the prestige of becoming a barista outweighed that of a barrister… well at least not in todays rant anyways.


    • Coffee is one of the best things in the entire world. And thank you I took it whilst ‘working hard’ in the office.

      I really like your blog. 🙂

      • I’m addicted, try to keep it to just one cup a day. Likewise, I really like the minimalist layout of yours. Very nice feel to it 🙂


  1. I think coffee becomes a ritual to those of us that truly love it, it’s the anticipation, the experience when you have it, the certainty it gives us in a new morning.

    • I could not agree with you more. Coffee gives us something to look forward to, something to wake up to and something to drag us out of bed on those freezing winter mornings. Thank you for your comment, I very much appreciate it. 🙂

  2. Having just arrived back from Europe, the one thing I look forward to in Australia (and possibly the only thing…gulp) is a decent cup of coffee. It amazes me what awful brews the French, the British and even the Italians can serve. We may have taken it a bit too far but a good cup of coffee is never difficult to find in this country.

    • Colin I could not agree with you more. You only truly realise how phenomenal Melbourne coffee is AFTER travelling. I had the exact same surprise whilst in Europe… you would at least think the Italians could serve up a decent brew… but no, boy was I mistaken! There is a reason us Melbournians pride ourselves on our coffee! Thank you for your comment. 🙂

  3. Hey Jessica! I’m a new Melbourne resident and before I got here I read somewhere “it’s near impossible to get a bad cup of coffee in Melbourne” and I’m so happy that it’s true!
    Even so, I’ve become totally accustomed to delicious coffee and I even turn my nose up at some offerings in this city now. Heaven knows how I’d cope back in England! Industry Beans in Fitzroy is pretty good coffee too.
    I love your minimalist blog layout, very fancy!

    • Haha! I am so glad to hear Melbourne has been everything you hoped for and more! it is such a beautiful city to live in and I agree… any cafe in Fitzroy is amazing! I haven’t actually been to Industry Beans but it is on my list… thank you for reminding me about it… I will go soon 🙂 Thank you. I love your blog also!! I look forward to seeing posts from you from now on. <3

  4. Hi Jessica, thank you for liking and following our blog. I personally only drink coffee to stay awake, but I enjoyed reading your blog all the same. It seems coffee is a hit either way. God bless you

  5. I have to say, I’m quite proud to self-proclaim myself as a coffee snob – and how can you not, when you live in a fabulous city like Melbourne? We have the best! Great blog 🙂

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