Brother Baba Budan

359 Little Bourke St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
There’s a lot about Melbourne that I take for granted, and being able to find a good coffee on any street corner is one of them. From what I’ve heard, there’s usually only one type of coffee served in America – coffee, and Starbucks is where you would head if you want some good fancy brew. Then you come back to Melbourne and every other cafe is offering 7 different blends made any way you like – cold drip, syphon, filtered, you name it and they’ll probably do it.

My favourite place to grab a morning coffee would have to be Brother Baba Budan. It’s a non-descript little shop on Little Bourke Street, something you probably walked past a million times without noticing. But in the early hours of the morning, the small space is absolutely jam packed with office workers and coffee fiends getting their first caffeine hit of the day. Just look out for the shady tree out the front and chairs hanging from the ceiling inside.
What I love the most about Brother Baba Budan is how their coffees have a unique flavour each day, thanks to the different blends they use. The Small Skinny Flat White ($3.8) I had today was bold and rich, which huge malty and chocolate overtones. If you have time (and if you’re lucky enough to find the space) you can easily stay here for a whole afternoon, with a cold drip coffee or two (single origin, of course) and one of their many slices and pastries.
Rating: 15/20 – coffee heaven. 

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  • Reply Sophie 30/09/2012 at 9:11 am

    Great coffee here (and great photos from you!)

    • Reply ming 02/10/2012 at 12:09 pm

      Aww shucks, thanks :)

  • Reply sophler 30/09/2012 at 11:22 am

    Ooh, I’ve heard of this place, have yet to go! Love your photos, Ming.

    • Reply ming 02/10/2012 at 12:11 pm

      Hey long time no see! The coffee at BBB are brilliant, one of the few places given 3 coffee beans in the coffee guide :)

  • Reply Catherine. x 30/09/2012 at 12:07 pm

    Love this place!

    • Reply ming 02/10/2012 at 12:11 pm

      Melbourne agrees :p

  • Reply Libby 02/10/2012 at 12:02 pm

    +1 for BBB :)

    • Reply ming 02/10/2012 at 12:12 pm

      Definitely; if I didn’t get shaky (and if I actually went to uni) I’d drink the coffee 3 times a day

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