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Manchester Press

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Opening it’s doors in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it laneway this week is the newest addition to the CBD’s burgeoning coffee scene – Manchester Press. Located in a former printing press workshop (hence the name) this open-plan café serves up coffee, bagels and art with a casual, friendly vibe.

Run by Izzy Shaked and Nir Kalif from Loco Café in Elsternwick, Manchester Press runs with the workshop theme – using furniture constructed from recycled machinery. Large communal tables boast heavy-duty industrial legs with sturdy tops made from antique doors. Towards the back there’s a discreet corner nook for dedicated people watchers, out front there’s a giant bowling pin.

More than just an exercise in aesthetics, Manchester Press is very much a community affair. The art on the walls is by your waiter, Bill Montgomery, while manager and barista Joshua Swain designed the logo and will draw unique artwork in each coffee. It’s a nice touch.

Coffee-wise you’ll find an assertive custom blend from 8oz, with a breakfast and lunch menu (on perspex using dymo labels) featuring coco-pops, salads and a range of freshly baked bagels (from NY Bagels) with toppings like pastrami, cream cheese, pickle and roquette (all $12.00).

Located just around the corner from uber-popular (and perennially packed) Brother Baba Budan, Manchester Press faces some stiff competition. But, as Nir explains, with Melbourne being such a coffee-centric town there’s plenty of room for new, quality coffee joints. I’ll drink to that.

Manchester Press
8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne 3000
9600 4054
7am – 5pm Mon – Fri
9am – 5pm Sat
Closed Sunday