How much do you pay for coffee?
The price of my favourite coffee rose on Monday.
From $2 to $2.20.
Consider that as table rental with the coffee thrown in free and it could be Melbourne's best entertainment value. The coffee is robust and vibrant in the old-fashioned Italian style. Order it strong and you'll float down Sydney Road, unlike some of the warm beige concoctions with art-directed froth you get down in Brunswick.
You sit outside in the shade of the trees watching the passing Coburg parade; and it is a parade like nowhere else in Melbourne. No pretensions here. You might have to wait for a table, as many are taken up by local retired Greeks and Italians, as well as residents from the special needs accommodation nearby, who like to take their time over their coffee; and you won't get a friendlier crowd anywhere. Brunswick Street bristles with attitude by comparison.
The buskers are good quality. Yesterday in the mid-morning sunshine, a young woman sang an excellent rendition of Summertime among other fine numbers including some of her own compositions.
$2.20 for sunshine, Gershwin and coffee? You're laughing.
Coburg Coffee and Kitchen
7 Victoria Mall, Coburg