Espresso Machines

What is the Coolest Espresso Machine that you have ever come across? 

The first ever coffee machine was built in Turin, Italy. It was built by a man called Angelo Moriondo and first exhibited his creation in 1884. He was awarded a certificate of industrial title for his new invention and called it ‘new steam machinery for the economic and instantaneous confection of coffee beverage.”

Blueprint of the Angelo Moriondo espresso machine.

It took almost 20 years to see the first developments in improving the coffee machine and they came from another Italian.In 1901 Luigi Bezzera of Milan who was a mechanic took the first steps of patenting improvements to the machine. From here o in the rest is history as the coffee industry across the world has taken off like a puff of steam.

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Tusk Gallery

Tusk Gallery:

As soon as I walked into tusk the rich zest of curry and spice accompanied by the simple wooden furniture resonated with me immediately.Hawthorn is shaping up to be one of the most vibrant coffee regions in the south eastern suburbs with the Glenferrie shopping just a 10 minute walk away.

Apart from the beautiful aroma of spice, nothing is directly relevant to the Sri Lankan heritage, this however does not degenerate from the image and character of the cafe at all, in fact knowing these things make Tusk Gallery an exotic get away. A secluded court yard means that your not on busy Burwood road when your having your coffee.

Boasting “Intimate ambience” tusk is certainly a cafe that every coffee drinker must put on their map.

Review #4:

81 Burwood Road Hawthorn 3122.

Tusk Gallery Cafe:


– Really central location to the SE suburb region and Hawthorn train station.

– The exotic food is almost as delectable as the coffee itself.

– “Tusk is certainly a place where I would go back to, I might even eat here next time because the food looks so good.” Nick Wilson. 31 yrs.

– Fragrant, exotic Sri Lankan cuisine with a contemporary twist.


– “I was given two pieces of bread, similar to cinder blocks in both size and consistency, in between which sat drastically overcooked bacon and well cooked egg.”

On the whole:

I loved my experience at Tusk Gallery, the coffee was great, the service was excellent, and the food was better. I highly recommend that you try Tusk Gallery for its exotic cuisine. It truly is a great place and with only one negative to report in the PROS and CONS section there is evidence to back my argument!

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Melbourne International Coffee Expo

Coffee’s biggest occasion:

The Melbourne International Coffee Expo promises has always been a premium experience unlike any other. Sometime in May next year, the Grand Pavilion at the Melbourne Showgrounds will be ignited with hundreds of coffee industry exhibitors, making this 2013 M.I.C.E the largest dedicated coffee trade show ever to be staged in Australia.

The ‘who’s who’ in the coffee world will showcase the best the industry has to offer. With a heap of space dedicated to this debut event, the 2013 M.I.C.E has been promised to engage all spectrums of the coffee industry, including; green bean traders, wholesale roasters, commercial and domestic equipment, cafés and franchises, coffee equipment, accessories and education and training.


Melburnians love their coffee. Fact. It’s also widely agreed that Melbourne is the coffee capital of Australia. When this is combined with these two facts and there’s no reason why all you coffee lovers shouldn’t be heading down to the Melbourne Showgrounds this weekend to sample the finest beans international bean growers have to offer. Tickets cost $20 for those not in the trade and that includes entry into the arena where the best baristas around will compete to win this year’s Australian Latte Art Competition.

On the whole:

Get down to the Show grounds in May next year, 20 bucks entry won’t break the bank, even take the kids for an interesting little excursion out to see what they will be drink for most of their working life!

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Kojo Brown

Kojo Brown Cafe:

Directly across from the old Richmond town hall is a small cafe called Kojo Brown. This was one of the most pleasent cafes I have been to in my life and I will be going back. I no I’m sounding very biased towards Kojo’s but to tell you the truth I had the best coffee I have ever had in my life. Tony is the man behind the bean press and has been for the past 3 years, he has worked in hospitality for the later part of his life and is never changing a thing.

On the Decor side of things, Kojo is highly contemporary but ultra simplistic at the same time. Tony changed the original layout of the building from an old cafe with tables and chairs into a vibrant venue with appropriate living areas for all customers.

Review #3:

Kojo Brown:

294 Bridge Road Richmond 3121.


– “The only place in Melbourne i can get a great coffee for 3 bucks, just like the old days.” James Fairly. 25 yrs.

– “One of the better Steak sandwich’s I’ve had on Bridge road.” Eddy Peters 61 yrs.

– “Food is fantastic, and there is a live jazz band. Meals are very reasonably priced.” Elaine Stevens. 46 yrs.

– “Beautiful relaxed setting – nice booth style seats, & the handmade chicken filo & lamb shanks were amazing!” Terry Anderson. 52 yrs.


– “Overall the lunch I had was fine but I didn’t like the over familiar owner, too many questions I didn’t want to answer. Made dining alone awful.” Sam Doyle. 33 yrs. 

– “I didn’t find the waitress very pleasant either.” Gabriella Daniell. 22 yrs.

On the whole:

Kojo Brown makes you feel like a true local no matter how new you are in town, or how long you’ve been away. The cushy, black vinyl, padded seats and low slung coffee tables make it just relaxed and grungy enough that it could almost be your mates lounge-room.


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Alley Tunes Cafe.

Alley Tunes:

This photo captures the vibe completely, the rustic theme accompanied by rickety old furniture create a haven in Hawthorn

Located in the heart of the Glenferrie Road precint in Hawthorn and tucked away next to the train station is Alley tunes. Alley Tunes shareholder (Max) and I had a lengthy french conversation about the ups and downs of cafe life.

The first thing you notice about Alley Tunes is the music, ranging from Pitbull to Prince the tunes are a key factor in making this cafe such a student hot spot. Max told me about the relationship shared between music and good company and how they resonate so well with one and other. Music is a huge part of the lives of the staff, the record shop inside the cafe is Alley Tune’s trademark with people crossing town just purchase some fabulous old vintage records.


Alley Tunes Cafe:

600A Glenferrie Road Hawthorn 3122


– Ideal location with great coffee beans supported by the fair trade union.

– “Perfect for students at Swinny (Swinburne) like me.” Sophie Menner.19 yrs.

– “cheap and yummy chai’s man, and I don’t have to go to the city for my Vinyl’s man.” Ben Shannon 24 yrs.


– “I cant believe I had to wait 15 minutes for a cold coffee” Jango Garneux. 33 yrs.

– Alley tunes is located within a direct ear shot of Glenferrie station, trains constantly pass through at all opening hours.

– Sometimes tired / hungover staff.

On the hole, Alley Tunes is a lovely little nook located within easy walking distance from the Glenferrie road train station and is often neglected by passerby’s.


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Welcome to the world of coffee in Melbourne.

A brief introduction about coffee in Melbourne,

Coffee in Melbourne has only come into the spotlight in this decade. Getting a coffee (in the city especially) was never considered to be a social thing, it was strictly for energy purposes only. However at around the halfway point of the 2000’s the world of coffee transformed from the stale world of business to the exotic landscape of leisure. Social coffee’s is certainly an idea that has been imported from Europe, this been said the iconic Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar is one of the corner stones of coffee culture that was straight out of Italy and opened in 60’s.

Review #1

Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar: 

66 Bourke Street Melbourne 3000.


– “Amazing coffee, can have it all day!” – Pritpal Singh. 38yrs.

– “Cheap and quick, delicious food complemented with happy and energetic staff.” – Masamilliano Lee. 18yrs.

– “Its an institution, and a reliable source of great coffee.” – Jock Mitchell. 53yrs.


– “Not a great experience I’m afraid. We’ve tried a few times to get in and finally got in on a Sunday afternoon. I’m sorry to say the experience was disappointing. Well overcooked pasta and fairly bland sauces used on both the rigatoni and the ravioli. Shame – I was really looking forward to the experience.” – Anthony Gattly. 32yrs.

Tell us what you think of Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar by commenting with your experience!


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Cafe of Learning = Cafe di Apprendimento

Where did Coffee come from?

“Ethiopian shepherds were the first to observe the influence of the caffeine in coffee beans when the goats appeared to “dance” and to have an increased level of energy after consuming wild coffee berries.” Close enough.

What is Coffee?

Coffee is…

  • The second most widely used product in the world after oil.
  • It was worth 6 million dollars per tonne in the mid 90’s.
  • It is worth €30 billion per year to the producing countries.
  • It is consumed at the rate of 1400 million cups per day.
  • The world’s second most popular drink after water.
  • It is a living to more than 100 million people.

Introduction:           Cafe of Learning  =  Cafe di Apprendimento

Welcome to one of Melbourne’s freshest new and exciting coffee reviewing online platforms. Have you ever wanted to post/comment/review your coffee before? well now is you chance!

Reviews will be posted both in writing and URL links will also be posted so just click on the link and tell us what you think.

Tell us how your coffee is, tell us how your hospitality was, show us where you are going next! there are no limits to the Cafe di Apprendimento page so go and spill the beans to your friends about this lovely piece of informative and imaginative fun.