[Melbourne] If you need a good cup of coffee within Melbourne’s CBD, make your way to Brother Baba Budan. The other favourite is Patricia’s Brew.
It was not only the name that attracted me (one of my nickname is actually BBB in short), but that several of my coffee devotee friends have recommended this coffee shop.
The café is part of the Seven Seeds, which is a micro roaster, retailer with other cafes, including Seven Seeds Café at Carlton and Traveller.
Brother Baba Budan took its name from the Sufi who smuggled seven seeds of fertile coffee from Yemen to India during the 17th century.
This was to pay tribute to the guy who took coffee to other parts of the world.
Finding the café wasn’t hard, conveniently located on Little Bourke Street. (If it helps, Melbourne Central and Emporium are a 7-10 minutes short walk away.) This is a coffee focused place, though there are some pastries offered at the counter.
There will always be a good of people getting their takeaways, though it is not uncommon to find others crowding around the single communal table or at the tiny bar behind.
It is really a take and go place.
The house coffee is from the Seven Seeds blend, and they offer the usual range of Espresso, Shorty, Long Black (all $4), and cold brews of Iced Latte ($4.30), Affogato ($6) and Iced Mocha ($6.50).
Even though I had a number of cafés to cover under my ‘bucket list’, I actually came here twice.
I thought the coffee was strong yet smooth in a non-threatening way.
Easy to consume without any sharp bitterness, balanced without any ‘weird’ notes that you might get from coffee back home.
A friend commented that some cafes in Melbourne might be overly hipster just for the sake of Instagram, but lost some of its character at the same time. Brother Baba Budan on the other hand, still retains its personality.
Brother Baba Budan
359 Little Bourke Street Melbourne 3000
Tel: +61 03 9347 8664
Opening Hours: 7:00am – 5:00pm (Mon – Sat), 9:00am – 5:00pm (Sun)
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