Volume 5: Melbourne
This issue contains stories about Melbourne, its coffee, and the people who drink it. For the fifth issue of Drift we hear from dozens of locals, shop owners, roasters, patrons, entrepreneurs, writers, and photographers about what it’s like to drink coffee in Melbourne.
The capital of Victoria is flush with cafes, boasting one of the highest concentrations of coffee shops per capita in the world. Home of the flat white and avocado toast, this unsuspecting epicentre of the coffee world is at a crossroads, as its most towering figures take what they’ve learned to enterprises overseas, and leave the Australian city to recalibrate its identity.
Drift, Melbourne guides us from Italy to Bali to New York, from 19th century pioneers to the future, as we take a magnifying glass to what makes Melbourne’s coffee scene tick.
Drift: Melbourne includes:
- A look into Australian cafe culture, including the health-conscious dishes that have emerged from it, such as avocado toast and chia seed pudding;
- Photo essay of the city’s famous graffiti artists;
- How refugees seeking asylum in Melbourne are trained to be baristas at one of the city’s best shops;
- Tracing the history of the Keep Cup and environmental sustainability;
- A photo series dedicated to Melbourne office workers queueing for their morning cups;
- A profile of an artist building and refurbishing espresso machines;
- How Melbourne’s Italian community laid the groundwork for the city’s ascendancy to coffee shop Mecca;
- And more…
DETAILS: 160 pages, offset-printed and perfect bound, full colour on uncoated paper. Carbon neutral printing. No ads.
Coffee sits in the background of some of the most important moments in our lives: the first time we told new friends we’d like to get to know them better, a second date, a business meeting, a passion project completed, a time we caught up with long-lost loved ones after years apart. More than anything else, coffee is tied to a sense of place and a sense of community.
Drift is about coffee, the people who drink it, and the cities they inhabit. Their collection of writers and photographers, alongside coffee shop owners, baristas, street cart vendors, and patrons, capture a glimpse of what it’s like to drink coffee in a city at the time the magazine is printed. Each issue highlights a different city.
It’s about wandering the streets aimlessly, cup of coffee in hand, and learning more about what a place has to offer, whether you’ve been there for 25 minutes or 25 years. Coffee helps us chart the geography of our cities. It’s about seeing those cities with fresh eyes, as visitors or long-time residents, and trying to understand what makes them tick.