Café Intimo, CBD

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Overnight, it seems, everything has changed. It’s sweltering (but for how long?) and we’re able to go out and about and socialise (but for how long??). Being a human is starting to be alright again. Even the CBD seems to be slowly coming out of hibernation, with suited office workers buzzing hither and thither — and not a moment too soon as far as this wannabe is concerned.

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Remote coffee

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No snark from MCS today, because small businesses could use our help. Seriously, though. Many of us have to be at home a lot right now, and many of us have seen our favourite hospitality businesses, or even our own, severely impacted. We at MCS probably rate this whole situation about zero out of five cups.

But there is some hope. Read on for our weekly coffee-by-snail-mail picks.

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Exciting news

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We at Melbourne Coffee Sucks have been quiet for a while, but it has not been in vain. We have been busily negotiating the details of a very exciting deal.

We’re thrilled to finally be able to announce that as of the start of the new financial quarter tomorrow, we’ll finally be joining the Vice Media family!

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The Outback

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How coffee works in the Outback

When heading off on a trip into the Big Australian Outback, I feared the worst. In terms of snakes and exposure, but also in terms of the quality of the coffee that would be available. As a precaution, I had already brought along the fanciest jar of instant coffee I could lay my hands on (spoiler: it was terrible), because I had oftentimes been warned that one of the primary reasons for folks not surviving their solo travels in the outback was being caught out at midday in the blazing sun with a flat tyre and no coffee. This is why Jack Absalom has a video on how to make a cuppa coffee with nothing more than bulldust and soap.

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Three Williams Café, Redfern

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It has been quiet for a while here on MCS, but not without reason. Your intrepid and dedicated coffee critics have been on a round-the-world tasting journey, involving daredevil dogs, VHS tapes, boats, and rides on the backs of trucks.

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Proud Mary Café, Collingwood

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This is a café I’ve felt I should try out for a long time. The name Proud Mary seems to be well-known around these parts, and it always seems to be brimming with people. Normally that’s a good sign when it comes to such establishments. The patrons are fancy, young, and extremely shiny. I wonder what it’s like!

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International Roast tasting notes

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This is your instant correspondent with a report on international coffee drinking trends. It’s not clear exactly which nation International Roast comes from, but with a name like that I’m sure it’s very cosmopolitan.

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Briki, Thornbury

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Well, this was an interesting one. Where to start?

“Briki” is a relatively recently re-opened café near Thornbury Station, at the old location of The Brickie & The Barista. I’ve often cycled past it, and it’s quite conveniently located on my way to work, so I felt I really had to try it some time. Also, while I’d never been to the predecessor Brickie & Barista, I had been told it was very good.

Fair warning: if you don’t like rants, you won’t like this one.

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Homestead House, Omeo

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A week or so ago we were driving around in country Victoria, trying to escape the cubicle farm rat race that has become our destiny. On our way we stayed in a charming little town called Omeo, that had a bit of a ski-holiday-town-without-skiers feel to it.

The hotel we stayed at, the Golden Age Motel no less, had instant coffee and water, presumably for the horses. They’d evidently forgotten about the human guests. So, the tone had clearly been set.

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