Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Market Lane Coffee @ Prahran Market, Chapel St

I can be considered to be quite passionate with my coffee drinking; always fighting for a lost cause in Malaysia to educate people at what temperature to drink it at. Well you haven't met this new friend of mine. 

He who drinks 4-5 cups of coffee a day, not from the packet, mind you, he knows his stuff and suddenly i am bombarded by a whole range of terminology and taste notes used similar to drinking wine. Heavily recommended by him, we ventured off to Chapel St in seek of Market Lane Coffee, said to be one of the best around town.

The coffee machine used is Syneso, said to be one of the best, most good coffee places in Melbourne have a similar machine, said to cost in the 5 figure region (AUD and not RM).

Normal coffee drinkers would usually resort to their usual mix of espresso and milk i.e. cappuccino, latte or flat white. Feeling more adventurous? There are a range of blends that you can try in their normal brew form. With a texture akin to tea, it is not consumed hot, rather it is allowed to be cool down for the flavours to develop in your mouth. 

Each blend has a note on it which includes the origin, the farmer's history and the notes that you should be able to taste. I think my tastebuds though are still novice though to be able to taste blueberry and orange in my coffee although i appreciate the acidic notes.

A flight of 3 coffees will set you back AUD 12, perfect for 2 persons.

If you shared it between three fellows, you will find yourself carrying another latte to go, this one had a very robust and strong blend served in their latte.

Another interesting thing i learnt in my coffee drinking experience over the weekend is the term "ristretto" meaning a "short shot", essentially giving you the flavour but half the caffeine. So what you do is order a double ristretto latte which gives you the usual shot of caffeine but with more flavour. Cost wise, i am not sure how much more expensive it is, will let you guys know!

Address and contact details:

Market Lane is located in Prahran Market, Melbourne. 
We are on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Market Lane.

Shop 13 Prahran Market
163 Commercial Road
(Entrance on Elizabeth Street)

Call us: +61 (0) 3 9804 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +61 (0) 3 9804      end_of_the_skype_highlighting 7434

Visit us:
Tuesday 7am – 5pm
Thursday 7am – 5pm
Friday 7am – 5pm
Saturday 7am – 5pm
Sunday 9am – 3pm

We hold free public cuppings every day from 10am - 11am.

Alternatively visit them at

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Good coffee, good ambience, what else does one need? 
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Michelle Chin said...

This post is really enlightening. :) Prior to this, I don't even know the meaning of ristretto!

AugustDiners said...

well done joe, i see u've been picking up your coffee habits! *thumbs up*

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

augustdiners: haha yes bad habit all pick up d!

michelle: well now u know! check it out.

Sean said...

wow, tasting notes for coffee! didn't realize that existed! the most i can usually taste in coffee, is, well, coffee (and maybe milk, heheh). but then again, i don't really like coffee, and i only seem to drink it a few times a year... but i'll look out for the flavors the next time!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: make a trip down under and you will have an awesome experience with the coffee!

Tummy Rumble said...

I always knew melbourne had lots of nice cafe for coffee.. dam, if only malaysia had a few of those..

Click Click Culinary said...

i would love to have the coffee tasting notes! haha! nice, sharp pics by the way ;) loved it!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

click2culinary: glad u loved the pictures!

tummyrumble: haha msia? i inspire to open one, not sure how long it will last everyone complains the coffee not hot enough.

eiling lim said...

this is very interesting. If i get a chance to revisit Melbourne, I'll definitely try this place!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

eiling: and a whole load more cafes!

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