Sensory Lab Collins Street
Shop 1, 30 Collins St, Melbourne
03 9643 2222
In the midst of the city, Sensory Lab Collins Street is a tranquil retreat, offering specialty coffee, tea and fresh toast to hungry Melburnians.
Established in 2016, the cafe is the first free-standing venue for the Sensory Lab team, led by coffee mogul Salvatore Malatesta. The Collins Street cafe offers the best of both worlds – quick and delicious take-away coffee is always available while comfortable seating inside is perfect for those wishing to sit back and enjoy a leisurely brunch.
Sensory Lab is renowned for specialty coffee and the Collins Street home continues to build on this reputation. Here, new roasts and exciting single origins are tested and experimented with before they are used across Sensory Lab cafes.
The house blend, Steadfast, is popular with regulars and newbies alike thanks to its rich, sweet and chocolaty qualities, perfectly matched to milk-based coffees. This blend is roasted in a way that allows the classic espresso properties to shine, while the regional and varietal characteristics of each bean are maintained.
For those who prefer their coffee black, the Seamless blend is the one to try, with flavours of rosehip jam, red grape and honey leaping from the cup. Sourced exclusively from small-scale growers in Peru, the Seamless blend is memorable and unique.
Tea is especially important here too – Australian Tea Brewers cup champion, Ayden Graham, has compiled a list of seasonal single estate teas especially for the store. The specialty teas are brewed Gongfu-style, a Chinese approach which draws a lot of strength and flavour from the tea. Everything from soft, sweet white teas to complex and intriguing oolongs can be sampled in this authentic fashion. Sensory Lab also offers a unique Gai Wan Chinese tea ceremony for those wishing to learn more about traditional methods of serving and drinking tea.
When it comes to the food offering, Collins Street is the first Sensory Lab cafe to serve hot food, with a unique toast bar running the length of the space. With toppings from some of Melbourne’s favourite condiment creators – think Jam Lady Jam, Rooftop Honey and 99th Monkey Peanut Butter – there has never been a better place for coffee and toast.
Designed by Foolscap Studio to highlight the ritual of morning coffee, the communal bar-style benches feature in-built iPads, ensuring your morning news is always within reach.
Sensory Lab Collins Street is a simple space that does the little things well. A haven from the flurry of activity on the street, specialty coffee, tea and toast are in high supply and high demand here.