After selling Liar Liar to St Ali, Nathan Toleman spent his time preparing this project (although he has since sold and moved on to Two Birds One Stone and Top Paddock). Not surprisingly, it’s very much in the spirit of Liar Liar, featuring a clean, comfortable fit-out dominated by a long communal table and a couple of large, round marble-topped tables. However, the warm, low-key atmosphere belies the very serious coffee they’re offering.
Three Bags Full is up there with the other top Melbourne cafes, such as Seven Seeds, St Ali, Proud Mary and Market Lane, with a selection that goes well beyond espresso, to include paper filter and Clover.
The coffee offering here is every bit as considered as a good wine list. Using Five Senses coffee they’ve custom-designed two espresso blends specifically for the cafe, and have a different single origin offer for espresso, pour over and Clover.
The cafe has also expanded their space to make room for the droves of hungry people who walk in their door each day. They now have two kitchens running simultaneously, and those looking for a quick lunch can order some ready-to-go options the likes of baguettes, toasties, fresh salads, soups and their homemade cakes and muffins.