Good coffee is right up there with the most heinous Melbourne clichés. Throw a brick, we’re told, and you’ll hit a killer cold drip or the greatest double-shot latte in the universe. It’s gotten to the point where you almost can’t write about coffee – it’s just assumed it’ll be amazing.
But like most things that are taken for granted, there’s a bit more to the story. And the closer you look the more interesting it gets.
The Abbotsford Club is to regular coffee what James Bond’s martinis are to Goon Bags. It’s an out-of-the-way suburban coffee klatch, the consumer face of local roastery Coffee Supreme, hidden in the industrial backstreets of Abbotsford. Not the sort of place you just stumble across. The first clue is the aroma of the beans, wafting onto Grosvenor St.
The Club has a rotating menu of single origins and blends, which you can order as either an espresso or filter, plus chemex, aeropress, v60 and various batch brews. Everything is roasted fresh daily, on the same machine they started with, 12-kilogram Probat from 1986. They’ve also got a coffee tasting flight (leaves whisky flights for dead, trust us), where the baristas will whip you up something a little special.
Coffee Supreme was one of the first specialty roasters in Melbourne. They were doing good coffee before it was cool. The refreshing thing is the lack of pretension – these guys can chat coffee for days, but if all you’re after is a quick latte on the way to work, you can get that too. Zero wankery, lots of smiles. That’s what you get here.
Like any good roastery, The Club also stocks a range of equipment and whole coffee beans (you can buy them whole, or get them ground to order). You can even pick up some sweet Acme ceramics and brew guides, to improve your espresso skills in the kitchen.
If you love good coffee (this is beginning to sound like an Al Pacino ad) get down and say hi to the guys. New local fave, guaranteed.
Image credit: Griffin Simm