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The unassuming Mr Brownstone

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Tucked down an unassuming side street in Ashburton, handy to the train station, Mr Brownstone caffeinates early morning commuters, families heading home from the school run and lucky locals in between.


I had the very great pleasure of sipping an espresso of their single origin, Colombia – Las Margaritas; rich, smooth and with more than a hint of dark chocolate and honey, this is an espresso to write home about (so to speak). Just as impressive as the magic they weave with Rosso Coffee beans ( is baristas and café owners Matt and Mitch’s commitment to fair trade, organic and ethically sourced produce including locally sourced gluten free treats and an impressive array of organic Chamellia teas (


If you’re peckish, Mr Brownstone offers a simple yet delicious meals from crunchy croissants to a genuinely ‘Super Salad’, with fresh, high quality ingredients. The interior décor is warm, welcoming and funky and the outer wall features striking street art.

The team there are friendly, they know their beans and are passionate about serving high quality, ethical delicious wares. Get into it!

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday
7.00am – 4.00pm
7.30am – 2.00pm

Black Coffee $3.50
White Coffee $4.00
Chai $4.00
Hot Chocolate $4.00
Selected Tea $4.00

MCR invites you to select from an exclusive release of coffee’s for your home or work. MCR’s is a specialty coffee platform where Roasters can offer a limited amount of their product at a discount. The deal is that you have to give us some feedback on the coffee (we send out a questionnaire).

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Picollo Espresso

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Natalie and Bridget, two sisters who have passion in their eyes and fire in their heart run this place.  This is not a manufactured koolesque cafe, this is the real deal,.. lovers of coffee come here as an oasis from the drudge of urban dayze.  The coffee here is Campos.  MCR loves Campos. Simply, the guys do a great coffee, the team here takes it up a notch and all is well in the world.

This morning I braved the freeze and rain, with only my scarf and the promise of a good coffee to greet me and kick off the day.  I think I am not alone when I say many of us rely on the baristas to do their job superbly so that we can do ours.  Its that time of the year when the grey days of Melbourne are plashed with the vibrant smell of freshly extracted coffee.

Enjoy my friends.





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1000 £ Bend

Friday, May 17th, 2013

361 Lt Lonsdale Street, Melb.

It’s astounding that Melbourne can still surprise me with its amazing coffee and space culture.  Of course we all love the little back alleys with graffiti art, but what about those old dilapidated warehouses?  Seriously, 1000 £ Bend is a coffee space and event area that oozes relax and chill baby,…  Look, the coffee is decent, the service is nonchalant, and the coffee area is reminiscent of my parents home in 1973 in Collingwood, including that dark haired beauty leaning agains the tree.

As we enter the colder daze, where misty mornings, and dark grey clouds become part of our lives, we look for warm places to enjoy decent coffee.

If you are looking for an inviting place, check this out Melbourne Coffee Lovers.

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Chapter Too

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

110 Canterbury Rd, Heathmont VIC.

The quality is spreading like spilled coffee nectar into the outer suburbs of Melbourne.  Say hello to Chapter Too,..  three suits decided to abandon the cubical life and have a crack.    I’m here for the coffee, so food will have to rely on your own experience.

My take was a lovely, well made, earthy and buttery coffee delivered post haste.  The service was great, the team friendly and attentive.  They have wireless here but alas today it was on blink.  If you are near by this is a must visit,.. say hi from us…  2 big beans.



This got me thinking, are you thinking about setting up a coffee shop?

Is there anyone still in the corporate space,.. or is it just that the lights are on?   My impression is that more and more corporate types are leaving the relative security (or maybe not) of the corporate world and setting up cafes or restaurants.  

They are buying them, operationalising them using their corporate skills then 6 to 12 months latter going back into the corporate world with another asset on the personal balance sheet.  It must make for a different feeling should redundancies and restructures occur.

MCR is on the hunt for people to interview for our next article on this phenomenon.  If you are a corporate worker, and are looking to buy or establish a café or restaurant, or in fact have already done it, we want to ask you a few questions.   If you have a mo, please fill out this survey, and we might be calling you for an interview!






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