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A history of coffee in Melbourne

27 September 2021

Why do Melburnians so love their coffee?

It all started with Melbourne’s magnificent coffee palaces of the 1880s, when the temperance movement urged Melbournians to ditch booze and drink morally superior coffee instead. Happily, we no longer need to choose one or the other – but something big had begun.

Watch the video above to join Changing face of Victoria Curator Linda Short as she basks in our city’s long-term affinity with the latte, which has not only cured countless cases of morning fogginess, but has also influenced local innovation and culture. 

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