A day in the life of… Melbourne cafe, Manchester Press

MELBOURNE cafe, Manchester Press, is one of the city’s beloved hot spots and a fine example of Melbourne’s coffee culture at work. Darren Boon and Diane Leow spoke to the cafe’s staff to get an inside look at the daily grind of this Melbourne institution. 

Melbourne loves its coffee and cafes, so much that coffee has become a culture and an institution. You will equally find a cafe along a busy street or in a quiet laneway.

One such cafe tucked in a laneway is Manchester Press, which is located on Rankins Lane off Little Bourke St in Melbourne’s CBD.

Established in 2011 by owners Nir Kalif and Issey Shaked to provide coffee aficionados a comfortable  place to enjoy their brew, the cafe is named after the former printing press which occupied the premises. Its interior is somewhat a reminiscent of its former tenant.

Apart from coffee, Manchester Press serves a simple menu of bagels with various fillings.

And if you’re lucky enough, you might witness one of the baristas creating a unique latte art for you.

Recently, we visited Manchester Press’ premises to get a better understanding of Melbourne’s coffee culture. Welsh-native Lee Skyrme (current manager of Manchester Press) spoke to Meld about the coffee and cafe culture in Melbourne while Head Barista, Yutaro Mitsuyoshi who hails from Japan, discussed his job as a barista and what qualifies for good coffee.

The story was supported by the City of Melbourne’s Community Services Grant 2014, and is part of the ‘Day in the life of…’ project  featuring a cross-section of the diverse local Melbourne community – the extraordinary and ordinary people in the city, their lives and their jobs, and opportunities to connect.

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