Market Lane Coffee’s new Collins Street cafe is a lovely spot for a filter, an espresso and a mouthful of almond jaw from cult North Melbourne baker Beatrix.
It’s the tactile details that make Market Lane Coffee’s new Collins Street venue one of downtown Melbourne’s loveliest specialty cafes – Trent Jansen Tidal chairs are ranged on the footpath with woollen throws to soften the wire-frame seats; filter coffee comes in hand-made porcelain mugs from Japanese designer Yumiko Iihoshi’s Un Jour range; and the interior by Hearth Studio evokes an early-20th century Melbourne mood that fits the Collins Street address with cool greens, tessellated floor tiles and plenty of dark timber for the bar and the booth seating.
The coffee is the familiar Market Lane offer: their seasonal single origin for milky espresso brews, maybe a blend of Brazil Bahia Sempre Viva and Mamani Family from Bolivia: tasting notes – dark chocolate and plum, with a rich mouth feel.
A short black of Sao Judas Tadeo from Brazil has fruity plum and raisin. It’s a full, round coffee with delicate acidity that highlights Market Lane’s user-friendly approach to roasting and brewing specialty coffee – just make it delicious, please.
Three or four single origins feature for V60 filter brews that are equally approachable (and delicious).
The Rwanda Cyimpindu – coffee grown by a small group of farmers in Rwanda’s west and processed at the Karengera washing station – is juicy and full, with sweet citrus acidity and a dark chocolatey finish. A Brazil Airumá is fuller, nuttier and honey-sweet.
For a bite choose from a small selection of Noisette pastries, plus cakes and biscuits from cult North Melbourne baker Beatrix: hard to beat is the almond jaw, a caramel-sticky shortbread-chewy thing, though the lamingtons are loveable, too, filled with home-made jam and rolled in flakes of toasted coconut for a twist on a Melbourne cafe classic.
Market Lane Coffee
Where 8 Collins Street, Melbourne, no phone
When Mon–Fri 7am–3pm