Melbourne's roasters and baristas are some of the most accomplished, inventive and technical on earth. It seems with each passing month there’s a new brewing technique, new gadgets or a shift in the idea of what good coffee actually means. What we do, the rest of the world often follows.

These are the cafes defining the future and, at the same time, giving us the basics at their very best. The only thing left for you to do is decide how you like your coffee.

Patricia

Now roasting its own coffee at Bureaux Collective.

Corner Little Bourke & Little William Streets
Melbourne VIC

Market Lane Coffee Prahran

The first of five excellent Market Lane cafes.

Shop 12 Prahran Market 163 Commercial Road
South Yarra VIC

Traveller

A tiny Seven Seeds outpost.

2/14 Crossley Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Brother Baba Budan

Another Seven Seeds pillar.

359 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Everyday Midtown

Everyday number two has the same panache.

213 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Hortus

Seven Seeds' plant-filled greenhouse.

131-141 Harbour Esplanade
Docklands VIC

Stagger Lee’s

Another buzzing Proud Mary spot.

276 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC

Mayday

Axil's Richmond offshoot.

410 Bridge Road
Richmond VIC 3121

Padre Coffee Brunswick East

Where the five-strong chain started.

338-440 Lygon Street
Brunswick East VIC 3057

Industry Beans

Choose from nine different coffees.

Warehouse 3 62 Rose Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065