Coffee is rising to a whole new level in this caffeine-loving city, finding a place in the serious food landscape not too far removed from the way we talk about wine. There are new ways to taste, savour and appreciate the devil’s brew, so drink up:

Top of the Crop- Seven Seeds, 114 Berkeley Street, Carlton
16 March 5.30-8pm.
$85 bookings 136 100 or
Want to get a little more in depth with the black brew you love? Then this is it: the worlds best coffees all in one cupping session with the guys who really know their stuff, Mark Dundon & Bridget Amor. Learn all about cupping, sensory analysis, and all the factors that affect your coffee from altitude to flaws in the bean.

Introduction to Cupping: Market Lane Shop 13 Prahran Market, South Yarra
March 15 at 10am.
Free. Bookings: (03) 9804 7434.
Learn how to smell and taste different coffee sensations and flavours like the experts.

Black Gold movie screening: Fed Square
March 19 at 6.30pm.
An insight into the global coffee market and the story of one man’s fight for a fair price.

Roasting Warehouse Tour: Di Bella coffee, 19 Leveson Street, North Melbourne
March 17 at 12pm.
Ever wanted to know the process of coffee from the crop to the cup? Well this is your chance to find out and ask the guys at Di Bella as they take a tour through the warehouse.

Brewing Methods: Di Bella coffee, 19 Leveson Street, North Melbourne
March 20 at 2pm.
With everything from siphon to Otto Stovetop and the good old espresso, there are plenty of different ways to brew coffee. So why not sample them all at Brewing Methods to find out the whys and wherefores and how they benefit the bean.