Despite the surplus of instant gratification in our lives, once in a while it’s nice to be reminded that the oldest adages are often the truest – the best things often do take time, and if something’s worth doing, it’s probably worth doing well.

Code Black Coffee, tucked just off Sydney Road in Brunswick, is the latest manifestation of such thoughts – a reminder of the value of craftsmanship for the iGeneration. Everything about this café and roasting house – the brainchild of Joseph Haddad, the man behind the Cafenatics stores dotted throughout the CBD – echoes of meticulous preparation and the pursuit of excellence.

To begin with, chef Laura Neville’s menu is generously sized, uniformly fresh and elegant. The food looks incredible on the plate and disappears from it with alarming ease, whether you’re tucking into a roast beef and roasted potato sandwich, or the grilled asparagus with shaved prosciutto, fresh herbs and butterbeans.

Of course, this wouldn’t be much of a roasting house without a pretty serious hit of coffee. The fact that the Victorian Barista Championships were held here on opening weekend should be enough to indicate that these guys have some pretty serious chops, and the day-to-day operations, run by Brad Nixon, are fairly formidable as well. Out the front, there’s the Code Black seasonal blend, as well as a rotating single origin that’s roasted in-house, pumped out by two machines (one that only provides takeaways, so no excessive waits in the morning before work). Suffice to say, the coffee itself, with the beans available for purchase over the counter, is on the favourable side of impressive.

The back of the Code Black menu simply reads in small font: “The Sublime and The Ridiculous”, which basically sums this place up. Sublime in the quality of its design and ridiculous in the excellence of its execution.

Code Black Coffee
15–17 Weston Street, Brunswick
(03) 9388 0005

Daily 7am–5pm