There are some big, brash operators in the Melbourne specialty coffee scene, then there are the quiet achievers. For me, Padre Coffee most certainly sits in the latter camp, and for that I salute them.
Their coffee (which they roast in Brunswick) is consistently great, their staff are some of the least pretentious you'll find and they use creamy-good St David Dairy milk - tick, tick, tick.
Oh yeah, and they sell Butterbings too, so what more do you want.
If you live or work in Melbourne's CBD you'll be loving the fact that the boys have just opened a new outlet. It's a teeny tiny, standing-room-only espresso bar in the gorgeously historic Royal Arcade.
Go and talk to Sam and Gito (pictured below). They make great coffee and as you can see, they're TOTAL SPUNKS taboot (ladies, you can tell them I sent you).
I visited them for Good Food - YOU CAN READ THE ARTICLE HERE.