Melbourne is well known for being a city of very enthusiastic coffee lovers and they do not take their caffeine lightly. With orders being whipped up that sound more complicated than an M. Night Shyamalan plot twist, how’s a girl expected to get her morning coffee fix?
Here’s How to Order Coffee like a Local in Melbourne:
First, know that coffee in Australia is strong. Like other places around the world Australians take their coffee espresso based, rather than drip.
Secondly, you can’t simply order ” a coffee.” That term is non-existent in Australia.
With that in mind, here are some classic standards to start with.
If you want to stick to something closer to what you might be used to in North America, order a Long Black. This is a shot of espresso thinned out with hot water and is as close to a dripped brew as you’re going to come. Similar to an Americano.
A single shot of espresso.
A classic Australian coffee order, although this issue is another area of tension between New Zealanders and Australians who both claim its origin. A single shot of espresso with steamy milk and delicious microfoam. As there is less foam to coffee ratio, this tastes stronger than your classic latte, but the milk seems smoother.
This is an easy go-to if all else fails. Try ordering it ” skinny” (skim milk) or with an alternative milk which are very popular with locals.
Unique to Melbourne, espresso is stopped half way through and topped with steam milk. The shorter time rewards the drink with less acidity and a smoother taste.
Once you learn the basics Australia is all about customization, so throw in all the extra hot, skinny, half caf, extra foam’s you want.
Want to know what to do in Melbourne once you’ve had all the caffeine you can handle? Check out 13 amazing things to do in Melbourne here.