Flat white or short black? Peter Dore-Smith brings Melbourne coffee culture to the UK

May 1, 2012

Food & Drink, Melbourne

Peter Dore-Smith, owner of Kaffeine in London Flat white, short black, cold drip – in Melbourne, coffee is a serious pleasure. We chat to former Melbourne local  Peter Dore-Smith, the brains behind Kaffeine, the much loved coffee shop in London, to find out why Melbourne coffee culture is creating such a stir…

Q1. Kaffeine, Lantana, Caravan, St Ali and the Sensory Lab. The list of Aussie coffee shops taking over London is growing by the second. What is it that makes Australian coffee culture so popular – and why did you set up shop?

We are part of an amazing groundswell of people who are committed to providing excellence in  cafes. To me this means providing a place that has a determination to serve excellent coffee, food and service in a comfortable, relaxed yet professional environment.

Q2. Flat white or short black?

Melbourne coffee culture in the UKI prefer a long black (5 oz cup) first thing, then a 5 oz  flat white around lunchtime. I sip espressos through the day along with our baristas  as they are taste checking.

Q3. What is the secret behind Kaffeine’s success?

There is no secret, it is about location, and providing a place that is simple, efficient, friendly, professional and overall excellent quality.  We also pride ourselves that we are not just about coffee. Our goal is to provide the same levels of passion and knowledge across  food, coffee and importantly, service. While I had my ideas before opening, Chef Jared (who trained in Australia and has worked with Peter since day one) really has provided the inspiration and the continued success for the food.

Q4. When you’re back in Melbourne – where do you head for a shot of the black stuff?

Kaffeine Coffee culture in Melbourne

Antipodean-influenced lamb salad

We were back in Melbourne over Christmas and visited a lot of places. But our favourites are Auction Rooms, Seven Seeds and de Clieu, Proud Mary and Three Bags Full.

Q5. Sum up Melbourne’s coffee culture in three words:

Inspirational, exciting, excellent.

Need more ideas for your caffeine kick?

Check out VisitMelbourne.com for perfectly-crafted coffee and fabulously inventive food at some of the best Melbourne cafes.

Over to you! Tell us in the comments box below, where is your favourite place to grab a coffee in Melbourne?…


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