From Monday through until Saturday, each and every week, the aroma of freshly made coffee wafts from Bourke Street's Federal Coffee. But from 11am–12pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays between February 9–March 4, we expect that it'll smell a little stronger. On those days and at that time, the CBD cafe will be serving up free brews — so expect its baristas to be busy.
The free coffee is in honour of Melbourne's return to work. Yes, it's now February, so the festive holidays finished long ago — but from February 8, Victorian workplaces will be able to welcome back 75-percent of their employees in-person. So, with more people heading to their desks, Federal Coffee is handing out free caffeine hits.
Unsurprisingly, there is a caveat: you can only grab one free coffee per person per day. Still any free coffee is better than no free coffee, especially when it arrives mid-morning — just when your energy is starting to flag.
You'll also be able to try out Federal Coffee's menu if you're feeling peckish, although that part isn't free.