Duke's Coffee Roasters is a coffee hub in classy Windsor/Prahran. Walk in and feel the love immediately. So warm and embracing. It's a hub for locals and continues to be highly popular despite so many nouveau coffee joints opening up in the area. As a roaster Duke's Coffee Roasters sets the bar when it comes to premium coffee. They take their coffee seriously.
Here on a Tuesday around 11am the place is packed with moi getting the last table. Conversation is loud with the Prahran set in full swing. Super popular. It's not as if it's a small cafe - the space is quite large and deep.
This is a "cafe's cafe". The fit out is modern with the popular Melbourne timber and exposed brick look, along with mosaic gungy concrete floor and semi industrial roof. Lighting creates mood with spotlights and lamps. Natural light is provided by large windows and a skylight (still on the dim side further back in the cafe). The tables are quality timber and one is impressed by the large communal table with heavy timber bench seating.
Duke's Coffee Roasters is not just a coffee specialist. The food here is celebrated and of consistent quality with an extensive menu. Menu highlights include the Poached eggs with sides, Eggs Benedict, Baked beans, Muesli, Dukes Breakfast and Buttermilk Pancakes.
I ordered the Smoked leg ham (istra I think) and cheese toasted sandwich and a pour over of El Salvador extraction. The pour over was sensational with intense flavour and at a reasonable price of $4. The sandwich was also excellent with quality smoked ham and cheese.
The cakes and various treats on display are also excellent.
Just a small thing - but I have respect for cafes that have pink salt on the table.
The baristas are top notch and wield the power of some fine coffee equipment.
Staff are friendly and professional. Being welcomed at the door is a good thing.
Duke's Coffee Roasters gives the punters what they want and more. A keeper.