Market Lane Coffee
Add*: Shop 13, Prahran Market/163 Commercial Road South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia
Tel: (03)9804 7434
Hours: 7/8am~4/5pm (depends on the day)
Visited on: 2012-04
At Market Lane Coffee, there’s no skim milk, no decaf, and no tea (or hot chocolate or anything resembling a frappuccino for that matter). They only do one thing – coffee – and they do it well. Delicious, high-quality coffee are seasonally sourced, freshly roasted, and meticulously brewed here, and if you are interested in learning, the baristas will generously share stories on where the beans come from and how their journeys have influenced their taste. But really, even if you are not a coffee aficionado, you will like Market Lane Coffee for its bright, airy, ever so pleasant interior. This is a place to linger.
*Second location at Queen Victoria Market
To help you order, here’s a coffee diagram. Espresso or pour over? Lighter body or bigger body? Strong or smooth? No milk, dash of milk, 1/3 milk, or mostly milk? Simple enough :)
Market Lane Coffee only serves coffee that is in season, and the offerings change throughout the year to reflect that. Here’s a cup of flat white and a latte (both 4.00AUD) brewed from Rwanda Musasa beans, recommended to us by the coffee barista. Admittedly, I’m not so gifted in discerning coffee flavors, but this is what Rwanda Musasa beans should taste like: buttery mouthful with tropical fruits and notes of cherry and peach!
From the selection of baked goods on display, I picked out an orange pistachio cake that looked particularly enticing. Crisp on the outside, with a fluffy heart.
We zoned out over our cups of latte and flat white, synthesizing in the sun.
As we were sitting next to a water bowl, our afternoon was made more eventful by visits from a few interesting characters…here’s one:
To learn more about coffee, order the Coffee Flight (12.00AUD) to taste a selection of three favorite coffees brewed through pour over, a gentle brewing method that provides clarity of flavor. Or, try Market Lane Coffee’s tasting sessions and brewing classes – free, I heard!