Market Lane Coffee (Melbourne)

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Your caffeine fix, Henry Ford style

by Pauline!

Soy mochaccino drinkers, look away now.

No soy, no decaf, no skinny milk, no chocolate atop your cappuccino.  Tea what?  Market Lane does one thing and one thing extremely well: straight up, delicious, single origin, pour over coffee.  That’s right, here you can order any coffee, as long as it’s black (well, almost).  Filtered water, organic, farmhouse milk; their ethos is as pure and unprocessed as possible.  On premise roasting and only serving ‘in season’ beans, these guys are serious about coffee.

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There are three locales, I’m most familiar with the one situated at the back of Prahran Market.  Here you can have yourself a seat outside on a bench to soak up the morning sun, or nestle down at one of the rustic indoor tables.  It is a revitalising break away from the busy marketplace.

If you are the kind of coffee drinker who likes to know where your beans have originated, and who grows them, any of the helpful staff would be happy to oblige you the information.  Indeed, part of the rationale for removing soy milk from their menu was that it is a highly processed product that cannot be traced back to a single source.  Lately I have been enjoying the Bolivian single estate roast, which has a distinct after taste – slightly bitter, but just how I like it.

For the sweet tooths, a small collection of individual sized artisan cakes and pastries is available.  Merchandise is sold too, including pour over starter kits to recreate the magic at home, and the bee’s knees of coffee grinders.  They also offer Brew Classes.

View:; Visit: Shop 13, Prahan Market, 163 Commercial Road, (Note the entrance to Market Lane is on Elizabeth Street), South Yarra 3141, Call: 03 9804 7434, Email:, Open:  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7am-5pm, Wednesday 7am-4pm, Sunday 8am-5pm, Wallet: Coffee $4

Market Lane Coffee

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Market Lane Coffee -37.846519, 144.992171

There are two other branches:

Victoria Market
109-111 Therry Street
Melbourne 3000

Faraday St
176 Faraday St.
Carlton 3053

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