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Coffee

Not many cities take their coffee as seriously as Melbourne does. Here, the bean and beverage are almost as sacred as footy, which is good news if you're in the mood for the perfect caffeine hit.

At the city's best cafes, professional baristas will happily talk beans and machines while carefully tending to your brew. And, not content to simply perfect the cafe creme, these caffeine gurus are riding the 'third wave' of coffee, at the crest of which are pourovers, syphons and clovers and cold-drip coffees. Next to an old-school Gaggia these new coffee machines look more like Beaker's lab equipment but promise a perfect drop.

Need your special single origin at home? Specialty roasters are springing up faster than ever and most of the best cafes sell their supplier's coffee, so it's easy to bag locally roasted beans to take home. Look out for local favourites Padre, Seven Seeds, St Ali, Five Senses and Di Bella.

Learn the lingo and find the best brews here:

Syphon: Water goes up contraption; coffee comes down thanks to vacuum wonderment. Clean coffee that highlights subtle characteristics.

Clover: Expensive machine gives spot-on, customised plunger-style coffee, preserving the characteristics.

Cold drip: A 12–24-hour drip-by-drip brewing process reduces bitterness. Drink cold.

Pourover: Finely ground coffee infused through a cone, giving you a clean drink.

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Cup of Truth

Go underground for coffee so smooth you'll never want to get it at street level again, made even better with the addition of morning pastries.

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Market Lane Coffee

Buy your (green) beans from the Queen Vic Market before bagging some (single origin) beans and a brew from Market Lane Coffee's northern outpost.

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Proud Mary

Put your faith in Proud Mary and the fancy equipment for a smooth cup o' Joe and a breakfast or lunch that will get you rolling, rolling, rolling.

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Dead Man Espresso

Hum your own wild west soundtrack, as things never get more dangerous in this lively South Melbourne café than chasing a pour-over with a flat white.

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Sensory Lab

Give your coffee fix a scientific twist in the David Jones ground floor laboratory, where the baristas wear white coats and the coffee is no joke.

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Manchester Press

Get in line to praise Manchester Press, the huge lucent space softened with old timbers and quirky junkyard installations where coffee reigns supreme.

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Auction Rooms

You can't bid on the furniture, but the warmly industrial setting, coffee buzz and full stomach will make you feel like you made the winning bid.

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Monk Bodhi Dharma

Pull up a pew and put away a pourover at Monk Bodhi Dharma, or try tea with the changing menu of vegetarian delights for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Industry Beans

Work up a thirst before you head to Industry Beans as there's a bumper menu of house-roasted coffee, teas and fresh juices to wet your whistle.

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Brother Baba Budan

Have your caffeine and drink it too in a café named after a legendary coffee smuggler, where chairs hang high and the beans are roasted with pedigree.

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Dukes at Ross House

With sustainability at the heart of Dukes, it makes sense that the coffee roasters would set up in Ross House to bring coffee to the masses.

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St Ali

Anoint St Ali of South Melbourne your patron saint and savour in his name the carefully crafted espressos and the excellent breakfast and lunch.

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