The first is ‘Cup Of Relief’ happening this Monday (March 28). For those who don’t know Market Lane has a severe case of Mondayitis. If you ever venture down on a Monday you will find the street eerily quiet (the Prahran Market and Market Lane are usually closed), however this Monday the doors will be open and the place will be buzzing. Toshi from Market Lane, Masa from The Premises and a few kind volunteers are giving up their day off to open the cafe (from 8am to 5pm).

The team will be churning out delicious cups of a-grade java with a free shot of good karma. All proceeds will go to the relief efforts in Japan.

Dench Bakers will be supplying hot cross buns, Little Bertha are baking cakes and Three Bags Full are whipping up some of their famous brownies.

Get down there this Monday and drink your coffee with the knowledge that you’ve done something to help the people in Japan- every little bit counts.

The second event is the much anticipated ‘Rosettas for Relief’ take two on Wednesday (30 March). The format is the same as last year- 32 of Melbourne’s best baristas go head to head in a latte art throw down. The show starts at 6.30pm with the throw down at around 7.30pm.

Baristas are competing for the highly coveted prize of one Toshi milk jug, a six month Market Lane coffee subscription and most importantly, the fame and glory.

Last year the event was heralded a great success with over 150 people attending and over $1700 raised. Come down and pour some rosettas or have a Stone and Wood beer and cheer on the entrants. Milk will spill, beer will be drunk and money will be raised.

Competition entry fee is $10, which you can purchase from