The Age GoodCafe Guide for 2013 has hit our shelves giving us the best in Melbourne coffee and cafes for another year.
THE AGE GOOD CAFE GUIDE 2013
BEST MELBOURNE CAFES NAMED IN THE AGE GOOD CAFE GUIDE 2013
The 2013 edition of The Age Good Cafe Guide will hit the shelves this week after being officially unveiled at an industry awards function on Monday 17 June. The Guide is a must-have for every Melbourne coffee lover, or visitor to the city.
All award winners are named and reviewed in the Guide. In addition to this, the Guide features reviews of more than 300 cafes in Melbourne’s city and suburbs and lists them in their geographical areas for easy reference.
Each cafe is reviewed and judged on its commitment to quality from bean to cup, food, space and place, and on the magic feel-good-factor. The very best of these have been awarded one to three coffee cups, with the following standards given for each award:
Total commitment to outstanding coffee
Truly excellent cafe with great coffee
Genuinely good cafe with quality coffee
The Age Good Cafe Guide 2013 will be available in book stores and on theageshop.com.au from Tuesday, June 18 for $9.99, with The Age readers able to pick up the Guide for only $5 with their copy of The Saturday Age on Saturday 22 June.
The Age Good Cafe Guide 2013 awards
Eftpos best cafe
Auction Rooms, North Melbourne
One of the coolest fitouts in town, excellent coffee, a tight brunch menu and smart service.
Axil Coffee Roasters, Hawthorn
We’ve had plenty of ‘‘ ah’ ’ moments this year from Axil’s seasonal blend, and their single origins, too.
Best new cafe
Top Paddock, Richmond
So many good cafes opened this year: Top Paddock is the best, with a sharp fit out, good food, great coffee and passionate service.
Best food cafe
St Ali Coffee Roasters, South Melbourne
With chef Andrew Gale in charge of the kitchen, St Ali’s creative riffs on cafe food just got better.
Latorre & Dutch best boutique roaster
The Maling Room, Canterbury
The Maling Room’s blends and single origins are popping up at coffee-smart cafes all over town. Owner and head roaster Andrew Lew has been producing excellent coffee in Canterbury’s lovely old post office since 2006.
Best brew bar
Dukes Coffee Roasters, Melbourne
A lovely new space with a friendly team serving quality espresso and filter coffee.
Best small cafe
Small and perfectly formed, from the single-page menu to the Seven Seeds coffee and the chilled service.
Bonsoy best barista
Courtney Patterson, Cup of Truth, Melbourne
There’s nowhere to hide at the former ticket booth that Patterson has called home for the past four years, pulling shots for the Flinders Street commuter crowds.
The Resident, Ashburton
Every suburb deserves a bright-and-breezy cafe with inventive food, ace coffee and a friendly vibe. That’s The Resident in a nutshell (see page 15).
Hall of fame
Giancarlo Giusti, Grinders
Fifty years ago, Giancarlo Giusti opened Grinders in Lygon Street. He also created the original Mario’s blend in 1986.