Don't let leaving the city incite fear of caffeine withdrawal. Regional Victoria is full of beans, roasting and brewing top drops that rival the work of the best bearded city baristas. Move over questionable motel sachets, we're talking single origin beans and brews, pour-overs, siphons and cold drip at cafes and roasteries in places flung far and near.
Find the best places to stop for a coffee, villages worth wandering to just for a cuppa, and plenty of places to bag freshly roasted beans to take home.
Wander regional Victoria for a proper roasting: roasters are bringing the best beans to town, boasting a brief journey from bush to brew and offering freshly roasted beans to take home as well as fine cuppas to enjoy on site.
In Daylesford, you do have to go round the outside to find Buffalo Girls Coffee Bar, but it's well worth it for its single-origin beans and brews. In Malmsbury, micro-batch roasted beans at Moto Bean coffee roasters gets locals and visitors revved.
Phillip Island is home to handcrafted micro coffee roaster, eatery and produce store, BEANd, where small batches of beans from around the world are roasted daily. In Geelong, the big guns at Coffee Cartel Roasters bring speciality beans from Latin America and Africa home to roast. Buy them by the bag along with seasonal blends.
For a new view of the roasting process, watch the bean's journey to your cup at Bendigo's Brewhouse Coffee Roasters. In Castlemaine, get back to basics at the Woollen Mills, home of small batch coffee roastery and cafe Das Kaffeehaus – Coffee Basics.