18 June

Road to Refuge Coffee Cup Initiative

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Road to Refuge is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at personalising the issue of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. While their plight is far removed from many Australians’ everyday lives, Road to Refuge aims at generating conversation to bridge this divide.

Throughout Refugee Week 2015, Road to Refuge will be working alongside popular Melbourne cafés to encourage coffee lovers to think about the untold stories of asylum seekers. Usual branding will be removed from almost 40,000 coffee cups and replaced by an image of Layla, a Road for Refuge character, whose fictional story of struggle and courage can be seen in an interactive journey on an online choose-your-own-adventure program.

Visit the Road to Refuge to explore the real life stories of hardship and bravery of asylum seekers and refugee through interactive activities that put you in the shoes of an asylum seeker and articles on real stories.

Cafes involved across Melbourne include the following below.Read more

17 December

The Home Barista steams up coffee fans

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Being a food critic, Simone Egger understands well the erotic appeal of slow drips and frothy tops. To this end, she’s written a new book, The Home Barista, that instructs you step by step on how to properly use that home coffee machine you’ve been creating mutant brews with. The Home Barista will coach you on the best beans and the correct lingo, but we’ve pulled out her instructions on getting the milk just so. Over to you, Simone…

Texturing uses the machine’s steam to aerate and heat milk, which alters the milk’s sugars and proteins to make it sweeter and fuller. The aim is to get froth that is smooth and creamy, low on bubbles and cool enough to drink straight away. Overheated milk will mess up the coffee’s flavour and ruin any chance of that ideal, creamy microfoam, so practice and practice some more until you get it right, because there are few feelings more satisfying than pouring perfectly-textured milk.… Read more

15 May

It’s official! The Cat Café has found a home. Opening in July

Ready for your love

Melbourne, you’ve been sitting on the edge of whatever surface it is that you sit for months now, and we can finally bring you relief: the cool cats bringing you our first cat café have found a site. It’s all systems go.

In case you’re not up to speed, a cat café is a place in which cats for the petting and lattes for the drinking co-exist in harmony. The location of all your future joy-filled mornings is Queen Street, right near the Queen Vic markets. Which means jam doughnuts and love.

But we’re not just happy for our own sake. According to your new favourite person, café co-owner Anita Loughran, they will be finding all of their cats from Melbourne’s Lost Dogs home and GAWS – the Geelong Animal Welfare Society.

The café renovations will take a couple of months (and if you want to make a donation, they’re launching another indiegogo campaign, which you find through their site here)  but they’re hoping to open by July, after giving the cats a couple of weeks to settle in.… Read more

12 March

So what’s the update on the Cat Café?

Cat caféCats and the internets. Best of friends, forever

London’s first café is now open. Portland in the US is about to get all feline friendly too. And here in Melbourne, we’re awaiting the opening of our own cat café with white-knuckled anticipation.

If this is the first you’ve heard of it, allow us to explain: it’s a café, with cats. You pet them and drink tea. And soon, Melbourne couple Anita and Myles Loughran will be opening one. But where are we at now? How long must we wait for our cats and coffees and the joy that they’ll bring for ever and ever?

Not long, apparently. For the past few months, the Loughrans have been raising money through crowd funding campaigns on indiegogo.com, and now that they’re done with their second campaign, it’s go time.

According to Anita, the physical site applications are in (they’ve applied for a few spots, all in the CBD) and the council has given them a big cat-loving thumbs up.… Read more

10 January

Melbourne is getting a cat café

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Cats, just waiting for your love

Cats, just waiting for your love

Melbourne is a great city. We have awards and pissed off Sydneysiders to prove it. But here at Time Out, we’ve sometimes looked to Tokyo with its bizarre gameshows and sexy robot bars with a degree of envy.

No more. Following a trip to the land of wonder, Melbourne couple Anita and Myles Loughran have decided to try and bring a little bit of whimsical crazy to our fair town in the form of a cat café.

Cat cafés, if you’re not familiar, are essentially a hybrid of a coffee shop and a petting zoo – albeit one stocked entirely with felines. The idea is to provide people who can’t own a pet full time with the chance to make believe for the duration of a drink for a small petting fee.

So, if you want to try out being a cat-lady/man before committing to the full wardrobe of sweaters and khaki slacks,  you might want to get sharing the Loughrans crowd-funding page.… Read more