Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 31/40
In a city where you can’t walk more than 10 meters without passing a coffee shop you’d be forgiven if you had no idea where to go as a visitor to Melbourne. And what is worrying is that in a city obsessed by coffee, Melbourne has its fair share of rubbish spots.
A reasonably early Monday morning finds me right in the heart of the city close to Federation Square. While I’ve liked Manchester Press and Bowery to Williamsburg (both of which I’d say are excellent options & close by), a whole heap of people have told me to check out Dukes Coffee Roasters.
Found on Flinders Lane marked by a sign with a coffee cup you’ll not miss the place, with a steady flow of people walking in and out.
Move fast if a table opens up. It’s worth losing your place in the queue and leaving an umbrella or jacket, which regardless of the season you’re likely carrying if in Melbourne.
Feeling very Melbourne I followed the order in front and went a macchiato.
Funny thing about Melbourne is a macchiato can come in both short and long. Go ahead, order a long if you like. No one really seems to know what it is, so it’ll be a mystery drink. Be safe and go short.
Sipping it, the coffee was full-bodied and quite cherry sweet/sour upfront. I found the more I drank the sweeter more milk chocolate like the flavour it became. I loved the short burst of contrast that the macchiato provided. This is indeed a quite complex and bold little drink.
Overall, this shop is just another example of why coffee and Melbourne are so synonymous with each other, it’s a city and culture which just does it so well. Dukes’ is so well worth the visit as a coffee tourist.
2. Cafe score
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 31/40