Thursday, February 9, 2012

Brother Baba Budan

359 Little Bourke St
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Bizarre name, fantastic coffee. Brother Baba Budan opened up seemingly an eternity ago, back when Mark Dundan was still with St Ali and Seven seeds yet to open. With the cramped interior, communal tables and the crazy chairs on the roof, Brother Baba Budan has spawned many imitators, some have matched the style, few can match their coffee

EPIC WIN - Espresso
I'm not a regular espresso drinker, but this one stood out as exceptional. The ever so small extraction had the viscosity more like olive oil than coffee and a smoothness that can only come from exceptional beans, a perfectly clean machine and a skilled barista. The beans roasted over at Seven Seeds had a hint of cherry and while finished with pleasant bitterness it was not extractive at all and certainly no resinous after taste.

WIN - Strong Flat White
While checking my email I decided to go for my usual choice and while it was good, just paled in the shadow of the espresso perfection. Still a damned good coffee, about the best you will get in the CBD

So despite the fact that years after opening and the lack of a proper sign, Brother Baba Budan is still kicking out the best espresso in town and is winning - epically

Brother Baba Budan - Epically good coffee
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