- 4 of Melbourne’s best cups of coffee
- Try espresso and filter coffee
- Expert commentary by a local barista guide.
- Guided tour through Melbourne’s laneways
- Food, although there are lots of quick, inexpensive options to pick up along the way.
- Hotel transfers. Trams in central Melbourne are free.
WHAT TO EXPECT
If you like coffee, then Melbourne is the place to be! This is where you'll find one of the most sophisticated coffee cultures in the world. Join this 2.5-hour small group walking tour and absorb the “crop-to-cup” story. The tour will take you to places that truly care about the origin, roast and brewing of the bean.
It’s a great way to experience Melbourne’s famous coffee culture first hand, explore the laneways, while drinking some great coffee along the way. You’ll try both espresso and filter coffee.
This tour changes venues regularly to include the best cafes and coffee in central Melbourne. The more reason to do this tour more than once!
- Start time: 10am, Thurs & Sat mornings
- Tour duration: 2.5 – 3 hours
- Distance to walk: 1.5 km
- Max group: 10
- Meeting point: Tues-Fri (City): Corner LaTrobe and Elizabeth Sts, outside the Bank of Melbourne
- Sat (South Melb): Cnr Cecil and Coventry Sts, outside a prominent shop called The Chef’s Hat
About the Melbourne coffee culture
What is so special about the world-renowned Melbourne coffee culture?
Coffee is part of Melbourne's DNA. To true Melbournians, having a coffee is all about the experience. Enjoying a nicely blended coffee and disconnecting from your everyday life. Even if it is just for a couple of minutes.
But how exactly did Melbourne become so crazy about coffee? The history of Melbourne coffee finds its origins in the 1880s. The city was facing problems with alcoholics and anti-social behaviour on the streets. A temperance movement started campaigning against city boozing. The movement was very effective and accomplished that pubs had to close at 6 o'clock. They also created some 'dry suburbs' where alcohol was banned. Another effect of the temperance movement was the introduction of grand coffee palaces. There people could enjoy a lovely atmosphere, amazing surroundings and socialising without the consumption of alcohol. In that era, Melbourne developed their taste for coffee. The city only knew about percolated coffee until the 1930s, when the lovely espresso machine arrived in Melbourne at Cafe Florention in Bourke Street.
After WWII, post-war migrants came to live in the inner city suburbs, such as Collingwood and Fitzroy. That is when a European cafe culture was born. Older teahouses were transformed into coffee lounges. Soon milk bars and suburban shopping centres also jumped on the espresso train. By the 1970s, coffee culture in Melbourne was thriving and this tendency continued to become even bigger in the 80s and 90s.
Today, Melbourne's coffee tradition is highly alive and kicking. Now it is all about experimental flavours and single-origin roast. The fascinating history of the coffee culture combined with today's coffee experimenting is why many people argue that Melbourne has the world's best coffee.