Coffee culture here in Melbourne is something to behold. There are little café’s and coffee shops on every corner, and everywhere you look there is someone walking around with one of these little cups, for which they just spent in excess of AU$ 3,50.
And it’s not just coffee from a drip machine, either. There are “proper” coffee machines in evidence everywhere (even in the little “bottle shop”, the wine store next door) where Baristas create the perfect cup of the brown stuff for you.
The coffee shops themselves are (mostly) quite stylish and try to distinguish themselves from the competition. The one next door to the office for example, called famish’d, has turned the till around to be more customer facing when you order.
Others will tell you exactly what coffee is on offer today.
Interestingly, what you don’t see anywhere, are Starbucks or Costa. When I asked a local about it, their only comment was: They tried. They just weren’t good enough.
And I have to say, I’d have to agree with that assessment.