[Melbourne] It was this cup of coffee that made me go “Man, I am going to miss Melbourne’s coffee so much.”
Australians love their coffee, and Dukes Coffee Flinders Lane makes a great (perhaps more than great) cup. I was first recommended here by a barista in Singapore.
This is the flagship store, opened by Peter Frangoulis, and this is his second café venture.
The coffee shop is known for high quality, locally roasted coffee beans to provide visitors with a superior coffee experience.
All the beans come from ethical sources and small farms/cooperatives. They can trace each batch of coffee, and also try to purchase organic grown coffee when possible.
This is in keeping with the spirit of the community owned Ross House, where this café is located.
You can probably get a taste of exotic coffee that you wouldn’t find in many other cafes, when they get special beans down.
The other special thing is that they use innovative roasting practices using the “Loring Smart Roasters” which is one of the most sophisticated and technically advanced roaster on the market. It is also very energy efficient.
The team roasts the beans locally in Melbourne daily, meant for all types of brew (espresso/filter etc). They always make sure to test each batch, adding any tweaks if necessary, before supplying the café.
This ensures a consistent cup and high quality every time. Blends are constantly changed to match the season,
Offerings include the Kono AUD$10 (SGD$10.39), Iced AUD$3.50 (SGD$3.64), Aeropress AUD$8 (SGD$8.31), and Filter AUD$3 (SGD$3.12).
For non-coffee drinks, there is the Cocoa AUD$3.50 (SGD$3.64) – mass organic chocolate Dominican Republic; variety of Teas all at $4AUD (SGD$4.16) = Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Green, Lemongrass and ginger, Peppermint,; and Genmaicha (AUD$5, SGD$5.20).
The Dukes Espresso Blend AUD$4 (SGD$4.16) is very popular.
I bought a takeaway iced to drink on the go as a quencher. This was one cup that made me stop my tracks and go, “Wow, even the iced can taste so good.”
Complex yet balanced, smooth, medium-strong. So beautiful.
At least to me, this is one of Melbourne’s best. I will book-mark Dukes as one of the first stops the next time I return to the city.
Dukes Coffee Roasters is extremely busy though due to its proximity to the CBD.
Do not be put off by the line, it moves quickly though the space can be narrow and cramped when crowded.
Do note that the signage is not that obvious, and easy to miss. A must visit for coffee lovers.
Dukes Coffee Roasters – Ross House
247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
Tel: +61 03 9417 5578
Opening Hours: 7:00am – 4:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9:00am – 5:00pm (SAT), Closed Sunday
Google Maps – Dukes Coffee Roasters
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