Australia is known for many things – kangaroos, koalas, killer crocs, surfers and Aussie Rules football (“footy”)! But now the rest of the world is finally catching the buzz where Aussies truly rule! My favorite “comedic folk duo” Flight of the Conchords once jokingly said this about Australians: “They’re always moving from city to city, in search of the perfect wave”. While that may be true, I believe they’re always moving from cafe to cafe, in search of the perfect third wave coffee! 🙂 The Australian third wave coffee phenomenon is rapidly sweeping across the US and parts of Europe, and while many are becoming familiar with the source of their single origin beans, most people don’t realize the source of their strong flat whites is the state of Victoria in southeastern Australia! Not only do these Aussies know how to roast their beans to perfection and design the most aesthetically pleasing cafes, but even their chain coffeeshops and local neighborhood pubs can create the most delectable and artful lattes and cappuccinos (aka flat white or magic for you Melban folk)! Keep reading below to find some of my favorite spots in and around Melbourne (from whence my husband hails) to sip on a strong flat white (double ristretto cappuccino equivalent) or magic (this is a Melbourne-specific, slightly shorter version of a strong flat white, similar to a cortado or gibraltar in the US/EU)!
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