134 Johnston Street, Collingwood, VIC
03 9078 7047
Located on Collingwood's Johnston Street, Bluebird Espresso stands out for all the right reasons.
Occupying an otherwise café-desolate stretch of road, Bluebird Espresso has carefully selected its niche, setting up shop on the fringe of cafe-dense Collingwood and nearby Fitzroy. Owner/operator, and all round coffee-honcho of Bluebird Espresso, Anthony Brem, first took to the hospitality scene at the tender age of 15. Finding a love for the industry, he worked in 5-star hotels and fine dining restaurants in Auckland, before making the move to Melbourne.
Anthony selected the Eagle Vision blend from renowned roastery, Proud Mary, to burr through his grinders as his house blend. The blend is beautiful and juicy that showcases the incredible flavours that coffees from Central America have to offer. In particular, Eagle Vision has tasting notes of marzipan, purple grape, crisp apple, with a big creamy body and a sweet nutmeg spice accent. Proud Mary source their coffee direct from the farmers as much as possible and only choose beans of the highest quality. The Eagle Vision blend consists of beans from 40% Colombian, 40% Honduras, 20% Panama. Aside from the house blend, single origin espresso and filter roasts are sourced from various roasters around Melbourne. They are changed weekly to keep the coffee offerings interesting and lively.
The coffee list varies from single origin espressos to single origin filters, made in their Moccamaster Batch Brewer, or a cold drip made by the boys at First Press. Collingwood locals fill the tables during the week, whereas on the weekend, the place is alive with many from afar who make the pilgrimage to the cafe-mecca of Melbourne.
The café has a real homely vibe to it, as if you’ve stepped into Anthony’s own lounge-room. An assortment of paintings runs the length of the wall, whilst a bookshelf with a bowerbird collection of cookbooks sits up the back. A mix of Pixar-like desk lamps, big pendant lighting and faux grass surrounds the front of house area.
Straight away you are greeted by the barista pulling shots from the 3-group Synesso, and if coffee is your only order of business, it is a simple, no fuss, in and out. Otherwise a bench-seat complete with blue cushions wraps around the front window and down the length of the wall, making use of the cafe’s cosy space.
The smell of freshly ground coffee fills the air. A more intimate setting for two is tucked away out the back of the café, leading out to the back courtyard. For larger groups, a long communal table sits at the back. Enclosed with wicker screenings and faux-grass, the courtyard out the back is a perfect little haven for some fresh air. The space provides ample seating with plenty of nooks to lounge at under the shade of umbrellas.
A mix of travellers from the nearby backpackers, coffee-savvy locals, as well as the neighbouring traders, descend upon the petit-café for their morning brew. On weekends, it is a different story with many regular out-of-towners calling this café home for their Saturday brunch ritual.