Market Lane Coffee has clearly taken the approach: ‘we’ll do it better than anyone else’. The space here is open and airy, and in keeping with the atmosphere of the adjacent Prahran Market.
Owner Fleur Studd has been a major behind-the-scenes player in Melbourne coffee for a while now. After returning from London, she worked at the Monmouth Coffee Company (one of the only roasters producing drinkable coffee in the UK and original supplier to Flat White), she started Melbourne Coffee Merchants, an importer of high-quality green beans and supplier to roasters like Seven Seeds, Auction Rooms and St. Ali.
Market Lane, her new endeavour with roaster Jason Schutes (also ex Monmouth), is a cafe and roasting operation with a strong focus on education. So after stocking up on groceries for the week pop in and have a chat to Fleur. She’ll answer any coffee-related questions you may have and take you through the wide variety of single origins on offer to find something for you based on your taste preference and brewing method. She’ll even offer you a taste of everything. When you’ve made your selection, your little bag of beans will also be accompanied by a card containing information on the farm of origin, as well as tasting notes.
Like we said, a focus on education.
Market Lane also has a sister venue next to the Queen Victoria Market.