Melbourne: Brother Baba Budan & Manchester Press


I am obsessed with good coffee that’s why when I was in Melbourne I tried to drink at least one a day from a different place. 

I’ve tried the coffee of Market Lane,  Plantation, D.O.C. Espresso and Machester Press and my absolute favorite was the Seven Seeds espresso from Brother Bada Budan. 

Here’s an interesting background to the name:

Baba Budan was an Islamic scholar who lived in the 17th Century.  After the initial introduction of coffee from Ethiopia to the Arabic world by Saint Ali in the 14th Century, production remained tightly confined to this area, particularly Yemen.  It took a brave act by Baba Budan, on his return from a pilgrimage to Mecca, to smuggle seven seeds of fertile coffee out of Yemen.  Wearing the seeds around his waist, Baba eventually raised them in southern India, where the plants thrived.  Baba Budan’s crop wrested the monopoly on coffee production from the hands of the Arabs and started the global spread of coffee cultivation.  In the spirit of Brother Baba Budan’s courageous devotion to coffee, our city store was named after him on opening in 2007. source 

Brother Baba Budan

While most coffee shops in Melbourne serve only espresso based drinks this shop had several single origin beans for pour over coffee. For me all these choices meant good coffee and attention to detail and also confusion on my part. How will I decide which to try? 

 Brother Baba Budan menu

The shop was tiny but the decor was quite interesting. 

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We were lucky to find seats at the lone table. 

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I’m so thankful for my friends who support my obsession for coffee. They willingly accompany me to drink coffee anytime of the day even though I know they would rather shop. 

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We bought a few bags of Seven Seeds coffee beans. Prices start at A$14 for a 250 gram bag. 

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Since space was such a premium the baked goodies were placed on a hanging glass display (upper picture). 

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I ordered my usual strong flat white. That’s two shots of espresso with warm milk and less foam. In Australia strong means two shots for the price of 1! I can’t really describe why I like this the best considering I liked all the coffee I’ve had in Melbourne. The coffee was not only stronger but the flavor was more bold, unique and not acidic. 

Brother Baba Budan- strong flat white

While my friends were still drinking their coffee Deb showed me an alley just a few steps from Brother Baba Budan. 

Manchester Press

I would never have found this large coffee shop in an alley if Deb didn’t show it to me. 

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Manchester Press- Cartel coffee beans

This wasn’t my coffee. It just looked pretty so I took a picture. 

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 With the first coffee still warm in my tummy I ordered a second cup of strong flat white. I told you I was obsessed. Not bad at all but my nose, tongue and mouth remains with Brother Baba Budan and Seven Seeds coffee. 

Manchester Press strong flat white coffee


My tip to visitor of Melbourne – you won’t find bad coffee in this city just as obsessed with coffee as I am. Don’t forget to order a strong flat white and you’ll never go back to a regular latte that taste like milk with a hint of coffee. 

Brother Baba Budan
359 Little Bourke st, Melbourne 3000
telephone: 9606 0449
Monday – Saturday: 7am-5pm
Sunday: 9am-5pm

Manchester Press
8 Ground Floor, Rankins Lane, Melbourne 3000
telephone: 9600 4054
Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

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