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AUG-SEP 2018

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49 www.baristamagazine.com with Instagram in mind. #beautifulbreakkie #coffeeshopfood #neverleavingmelbourne DAY 5 My last full day in Melbourne was also the fi rst opportunity I got to really take in the sights and sounds of MICE, which was hus- tling and bustling in the background for most of my stay. (It was also the only day that I got up close and personal with a kangaroo, when one literally jumped out of the woods and stopped me in my tracks whilst on a long run along the Yarra Trail—but that's a story for another magazine, perhaps.) Walking the MICE fl oor with the Cafe Imports gang that day, I got the chance to pick up a few bags of beans from roasters whose shops I didn't get to visit, try samples of local kombucha and nondairy milk, and run into old friends, which always happens at a coffee expo—yes, even on the other side of the world. After wandering a while, I found myself seeking some quiet time to refl ect, sip a coffee in a more relaxed setting, and ad- dress the ridiculous koala postcards I bought, so I headed out to a location of Market Lane Coffee just on the fringe of the Queen Victoria open-air market, and tucked myself away in a corner with a single-origin, single-producer Burundian coffee—the perfect way to end a perfect trip on a high note (or notes, since the cup tasted like toasted almonds, dried apricot, and a pinch of lemon zest). Waving goodbye to Melbourne the next day and watching the Victorian houses zip by as we headed by taxi to the airport, I felt like I hadn't spent nearly enough time really explor- ing and absorbing all the coffee culture and coffee-shop food that Melbourne has to offer. In such an expansive, innovative, and complex network of shops and restaurants, culture, and community, it would take weeks to feel like I really "got" what made this coffee city so special, though of course I could tell that it was special as soon as I set foot down in it. Until I get the chance to come back (and the chance to challenge that kangaroo to a re- match of wills), I will have to settle for being inspired by the simple-but-spectacular food, intentional design, and, of course, spotless cof- fee offerings of this totally ripper place. G'day, Melbourne: I'll be seeing you again sometime soon, mate. Former St. Ali owner Mark Dundon opened Seven Seeds Specialty Coff ee in 2008.

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