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When Bikes Met Beans - Espresso Melbourne

When Bikes Met Beans

Everybody knows spaghetti and meatballs are the bestest of friends. Yanks would testify that peanut butter and jelly are also tight, as are sunshine and smiles.

Then we have a new power couple making its mark in Melbourne with the unification of bikes and espresso at the Bike Gallery. In the cool-parched desert of Camberwell (or technically Hawthorn East) there sits a bike shop unlike any other. Its uber-swank, minimalistic interior, Synesso coffee machine and the use of boutique bean, Axil, all indicate owner Lincoln Brown is seriously switched on.

If Lance Armstrong rode a coffee machine it would be a Synesso and this one’s pimped out like a butter-coloured West Coast Chopper. If Lance stuck with retirement and became a barista, it only makes sense that his chief rival would be the ex-World Barista Champion, Dave Makin, who now pedals his champ-quality caffeine from the Bike Gallery.

The impressive design and fit-out is enough to convince the previous owner of the building, Kamal (of Kamal’s Persian Rug Gallery), that bikes and beans may be an even tighter knit duo than floors and rugs.

Bike Gallery allows you to cram all your cultural Melbourne experiences in to one place. Visit a gallery: tick. Sip a Synesso: tick. Witness men of all shapes and sizes sucked into lycra suits: tick. You’ll note men and lyrca didn’t make the spaghetti and meatballs list.

Bike Gallery
74 Auburn Parade, Hawthorn East
(03) 9882 2031

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Liv Fin is a Melbourne-based professional writer with a borderline-dangerous predilection for long blacks, peanut M&Ms and book buying.

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