in a rush

There are several in a rush outlets in Melbourne CBD and Docklands area, and two of them are within walking distance from where I work. Their stores serve a variety of food but seem to specialise in coffee and soup. This afternoon, I went to the one at NAB Head Office in Docklands, just across the road from Etihad Stadium.

This new outlet is spacious and has a variety of beans to choose from for my coffee. What a delight! I decided to try the Ethiopian bean which the little note says to be very fruity.

My latte was strong, fresh, and very fruity indeed! Loved it. Now I just need to keep my fingers crossed that they’re actually consistently good and it wasn’t just pure luck. Let’s see.

in a rush, NAB Head Office
800 Bourke St, Docklands VIC 3008

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Arcadia Cafe Restaurant

There are many wonderful places at this side of the town, and one of the more popular ones is De Clieu which was literally only a few doors down from Arcadia Cafe. Today, though, is the time to try Arcadia as per my friend’s recommendation.

Arcadia seems to be more of a breakfast place than a dedicated coffee shop, but we should also give the coffee a try to see if it’s any good.

Although their coffee was not the best that Melbourne has to offer, I have to say that theirs is commendable. My latte was caramelly, medium strength, and is not bad at all.

Arcadia Cafe Restaurant, 93 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065

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Sensory Lab

Let’s say you’re in the city. Today is Sunday, and time is 4PM. You are with a bunch of friends, and you’re suddenly craving for your coffee. Where would you go?

Well, it turns out there aren’t that many options, are they? You might have some favourites, but most of them are more likely to be closed on a Sunday afternoon. Lucky for us, Sensory Lab, at the back of David Jones was open, so without thinking twice we headed there.

One might say their ‘concept’ of creating a cafe with a science laboratory setting is not much more than just a marketting gimmick, and they’re probably right. However, I will still come back to Sensory Lab, not for the laboratory theme, but for my beautiful Brazilian latte. After all, there aren’t many other alternatives later in the day.

David Jones, 297 Little Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000

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Market Lane Coffee

Spacious, modern, clean. Those were the first three things that came into our minds the moment we stepped into Market Lane Coffee. As to how good (or bad) the coffee is, I guess the only way to find out is by trying it out ourselves.

Five types of single origin beans were on display on the menu board and all five listed as pour over brew. As tempting as those variety of beans on offer are, the house blend seems to be a better choice at that time for our short macchiato.

Our macchiato had a pleasant fruity taste and a good depth. The acidity was noticeable but nothing too offensive to the taste buds. I can see why many people seem to recommend this place.

13/13/163 Commercial Road, Prahran Market
South Yarra VIC 3141

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Auction Rooms

Tell me, what is your favourite way to spend the weekend? If you’re anything like me, a Saturday morning brunch with close friends would probably be pretty close up the list.

If you are planning to go for a brunch, you should consider getting a table at the Auction Rooms in North Melbourne. Bustling with energy, this is the place where friends gather together enjoying their meal. Laughters and wide smiles all around.

And with a menu that is worth drooling for, why shouldn’t they be smiling? Our brunch was light, yet quite filling, and a little bit fancy!

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Oh, did we mention that the coffee wasn’t bad at all? It’s a bit on the mellow side, but I have to say that it’s a worthy companion for the food served. Good food, great atmosphere, decent coffee = Auction Rooms.

103-107 Errol St
North Melbourne VIC 3051

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Eclipse Coffee

How do you like your latte? Strong and full? Light and fruity? Chocolatey or Caramelly? Well, the house blend that I tried on my latte at Eclipse Coffee today was good, but certainly doesn’t fall into the category of strong.

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After an unfortunate string of getting my coffee a bit too hot for my liking lately, I was happy to receive my takeaway at a temperature that doesn’t burn my hand, nor my tongue.

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First impression was good. The milk was frothed to the right temperature and produced a good texture. The coffee had a fruity smell and a light aftertaste. However, if given the choice, I’d prefer my caffe latte to be a bit on the stronger side, and with a full body, similar to the one I had at a nearby cafe. Having said that, I guess it all comes down to your personal preference more than anything else.

7A /495 Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000

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Little Wish Specialty Coffee

Drew, coffee?
Yup! Now?┬áLet’s meet at the corner of King St and Little Collins.
Okay, see you in 10 minutes.

To say that Little Wish is hard to find is probably an understatement. Blink an eye, and you would miss them. And you will regret it. Once you arrive at 530 Little Collins St, keep walking left. Your destination will be on the right.

Can we have two lattes, takeaway please? No sugar.

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Many people enjoy having their coffee early in the morning, but getting them in the afternoon is pretty good too. The place will most likely be empty, and you can just do whatever you like (within limits).

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Great coffee, a real gem, definitely an afternoon break well spent. Catch you later, drew! Loved the coffee, and my little wish that they’re a little bit closer.

530 Little Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000

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