The truth about Melbourne’s baristas


Not so long ago, you could spot a Melbourne barista by the piercings, tattoos and skinny jeans, but there’s something fresher brewing. As specialty coffee digs its heels into the city centre and inner suburbs, Melbourne’s coffee drinkers are witnessing the rise of a much wider variety of barista beyond the ubiquitous ”hipster”. As St Ali’s Matt Perger says: ”Three years ago you could almost guarantee what a barista would be wearing, but it’s attracting quite a large group now.” So what kind of barista is out there now?

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