From its cosy flagship space on Flinders Lane, Dukes Coffee Roasters is championing specialty coffee with a conscience, focused on environmental and social sustainability as much as on the final drink.
The team's firm on its commitment to ethically traded and sourced coffee, with each lot of beans traceable back to the farm it came from. The Dukes blends are crafted from mostly organic beans, sourced from across Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. And they're showcased through a whole swag of methods, from classic espresso, to filter, to French press.
Nestled on the ground floor of Ross House, the small space has a clean Chris Connell-designed fitout of natural timber and signature green trim. Though charming and comfy, the space only has a few seats and is better suited to quick drop-ins and take aways than long lazy visits. Perch at the counter and watch the coffee-making magic unfold, and order a Costa Rica pourover and afternoon pastry.