Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear leather aprons and are more likely to get excited about steam wands, extraction times and golden crema than they are about spandex suits or supervillains. The gun baristas at these cafés pump out top-notch coffee day after day – and they won’t turn you away if you’re paying by card.
Several years ago, the office-lined streets of South Melbourne near Albert Park were bereft of quality caffeine merchants. Now, there’s The Kettle Black on one side of the road and The Crux & Co on the other. Here in this Scandi-cool 100-seater, staff pour perfect coffees, with beans by local roaster Five Senses. Hungry? Pick up a fresh pastry from the cabinet, baked in the commercial-sized bakery housed in the back of the café.
There’s no need to delay your weekend coffee ritual just because you can’t scrounge up enough coins for a double shot latte. At Double Dutch everyone’s free to pop in for a coffee, tea, bagel or passionfruit meringue cruffin (the delicious lovechild of a croissant and a muffin) without having to stump up cash for payment.