Everyday Coffee: is this Australia’s hippest coffeehouse?

Everyday Coffee is a hip inner-Melbourne coffeehouse backed by super-focussed small-batch roasting.

Everyday Coffee

Everyday Coffee, all the days. Photo: the Coffee Cities Project

Most weekday mornings you’ll find a gaggle of young and not-so-young creatives from the warehouses and workspaces of inner-Melbourne’s Collingwood propped at one of Everyday Coffee’s tables with laptops, tablets or notebooks open.

The fuel for their activity is the Everyday Brew – a mug of black coffee brewed in batches on a Fetco. The coffee will be one of two single origins, maybe a Kenya Kagumoni (tasting notes: blackcurrant and stonefruit) or an Ethiopia Biftu Gudina, a floral-aroma’d cup that’s juicy and sweet.

The coffee is roasted by Everyday’s Aaron Maxwell and Mark Free, who learned their trade at Seven Seeds and Wide Open Road and have honed their brewing and roasting skills here.

Everyday Coffee

Specialty coffee in a creatives’ bolthole. Photo: the Coffee Cities Project

The aim is delicious coffee that’s true to origin: good for drinking while you’re working, talking or creating, and the Everyday brewer’s choice succeeds in that.

Everyday’s own All Day Espresso blend is the standard for creamy milk coffees, while black espresso could be another Everyday single, such as a Colombia Los Naranjos, roasted for silky mouthfeel and lime-bright citrus sweetness.

The coffee here really is seasonal. Everyday roasts what’s good and what’s fresh, so the menu is a tight list: two singles for batch, one for espresso and a couple of cold options for hot days – maybe the NOLA (as in, New Orleans), a tall glass of the All Day Espresso blend, steeped for 12 hours in cold water and spiked with sugar syrup, chicory extract for an extra roast hit (when it’s available) and milk. It’s a sweet specialty take on an iced coffee milk, cold comfort food for a hot Melbourne day.

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Iced latte, Everyday style. Photo: the Coffee Cities Project

The food is coffeehouse minimal: toasted bagels with a “schmear” of cream cheese or hummus (if you ask nicely they’ll let you do half-and-half) or a tricked up version with avocado, radish, ricotta and coriander; cakes and cookies from local microbakers; or a slice of juicy, golden-crusted cherry pie: perfect with a mug of the Everyday brew.

There are beans to take home, and if you want equipment to brew them on Everyday Coffee has that, too, from Moccamaster, Aeropress, Hario and more. If you can’t snag a co-working spot inside the cool-grey and wood-toned space, try the yellow benches on the footpath out front.

Everyday Coffee

Where 33 Johnston Street, Collingwood, 03 9973 4159
When Mon–Sat 7am–5pm, Sun 8am–5pm
Coffee ★★★★
Food ★★★

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