Bonnie Coffee Co.
As a youngster, Lloyd Smith’s mother (nicknamed Bonnie) would often make him Dutch-style cold-drip coffee. This patient method of extraction and the aromas that follow hit such a nostalgic note for Smith that the name Bonnie was given to the two coffee spots he owns with Alexander Zielke (ex-Oli & Levi, Annoying Brother) and Paul Clements.
There’s a house espresso blend and special attention is paid to cold-drip and filter coffees. Beans used for cold drip result in a fruitier, darker and richer flavour. The filter coffee uses four different beans and is available as a V60 pour-over.
Bonnie on Collins Street maintains its heritage-listed facade but thanks to Smith’s eye for design, the fit-out is modern and sophisticated with a dark-grey tile feature wall and hanging brass light fixtures.
Exhibition Street is the cuter cousin. With a peach-coloured wall behind the counter, it has a slightly more relaxed atmosphere but the coffee is of an equally high standard.
At both locations, the day’s broadsheet newspapers are cleverly pinned against the wall page-by-page, so you can catch up on current affairs while you wait for your order. Sparkling water is on tap and every visitor is offered a glass to freshen their palate.
The company roasts its own beans at a small space in Coburg. The house blend is roasted on a 60-kilogram Brambati; and single origin and cold drip are roasted in smaller five-kilogram batches.