It started out as one of the first cool, third-wave cafes in Melbourne. Now it’s a coffee empire. Proud Mary, she wears many fancy hats: unbelievably popular warehouse style cafe in Collingwood, wholesale coffee roasters stocking some of Melbourne’s best venues and training ground for award winning baristas (alumni including Kris Wood of South Melbourne’s Clement and John Vroom of Kew’s Ora.)
Coffee is a glorious and ever evolving affair here – pour over, syphon, French press, espresso, stove top, aero drip – this is where we go to watch and learn. If you can get a seat on the mothership we suggest you get something to eat too. The menu favours breakfast. Goes well with coffee, natch. Roasted mushrooms in chipotle butter on sweet brioche perhaps, or a classic potato hash brown with bacon, spinach and egg. The wait list might still be long but three years into their tenure nothing’s slipping – the Proud Mary crew are showing us how it’s done.