The roastery out the back works through a range of seasonal single origins and blends. A batch brew of Honduras El Ocotillo is extremely clean; tasting notes of milk chocolate and raisin show up in the cup as sweet chocolatey flavours and a muted, jammy acidity that does just enough to make this coffee sparkle.
Wide Open Road’s classic Bathysphere blend now has a couple of regular partners. Berimbolo is the black coffee blend, and in a short black it’s sweet and juicy with complex fruit flavours, a nice mouthfeel, some lemonade tang and a savoury finish. It’s rich and rounded and a little grungy in a good way.Shady Lane is the blend for milk coffee. In a magic it has plenty of bitter dark chocolate flavour, a hint of sweet Cherry Ripe fruit and a cacao-bitter finish to balance the sweetness of the milk.
The food menu is full of Melbourne cafe classic tastes, from the brioche French toast with caramel and lime bananas to the famous fish finger sandwich with smashed peas and pickled cucumber.
Wide Open Road is a madhouse on the weekend and usually humming during the week: you’ll find Brunswick girls in Ray-Bans playing backgammon alongside the beanie’d, the bearded and the trucker-capped, with a soundtrack as alt-rock as the name would suggest. One of Melbourne’s coolest coffeehouses.
Wide Open Road
Where 274 Barkly Street, Brunswick East
When Mon–Fri 7am–4pm (kitchen closes at 3pm), Sat 7am–5pm (kitchen closes at 4pm), Sun 8am–5pm (kitchen closes at 4pm)