I recently discovered a cool hidden gem in Melbourne’s North called Wreckyn St. Coffee, and I thought you might be interested in reading about it. The place has wonderful calm energy, and as soon as you step inside, you’ll be met with a high ceiling and a softly lit space area that’s perfect for enjoying some good coffee or grabbing a small pastry to eat.
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Wreckyn St. Coffee
How to get here
First of all, if you want to get here using Google Maps, try typing their full address instead of their business name. They’re currently unlisted, and although I’ve been trying to ‘add a missing place’ in Google Maps, it hasn’t been working. The easiest way to get here from the CBD is to take tram number 58 and head north. Hop off at Royal Melbourne Hospital, and walk past Baguette Studios, then Wreckyn St. Coffee would be just on your right-hand side.
The shop itself has a cool vibe, with a unique design and laid-back atmosphere, I really adore the high ceiling, it makes the place feel extra fancy. And there’s this one-square window placed right above the bar that lets in some sweet natural light in the afternoon, I thought it was genius because it adds an extra character to the space.
At the time of my first visit, I feel like not too many people are aware of this spot just yet, so it was rather quiet and peaceful, making it the perfect spot to have a slow afternoon catch-up with a friend over coffee. Kayli was the one who took me here, she’s really on the radar for new spots in Melbourne!
Anyways, I came by the coffee bar to order, and to my surprise, Wreckyn St. Coffee uses Mantaray Coffee Roasters beans for most of their coffee menu, from espresso to filter. If you are not already aware, Mantaray Coffee is among the best I’ve ever had in Melbourne up to this point, so obviously I was ecstatic. I opted for their iced filter from Kenya that day because it was just perfect for the weather.
I hung around at the bar to take photos and to have a chat, and what really caught my eye was that they use the Tricolate immersion brewer tool for their pour-over filter coffee. I haven’t seen this particular tool utilized quite frequently in Melbourne’s coffee shops. I remember the first time I learned about immersion brewing method was at Five Senses Coffee Training, and I honestly prefer it over V60 method in general. So it was pretty exciting to get to have it here.
Immersion vs V60
Immersion brewing involves steeping coffee grounds in water for a set amount of time before separating them, while V60 brewing relies on water being poured over the grounds and passing through a filter. The Tricolate pour-over tool is designed to make the brewing process more consistent by evenly distributing water over the coffee grounds, ensuring that all the grounds are fully saturated.
The result? It was impressive. Of course, a lot of it has to do with the beans themselves, but I could tell with this method, the notes were clean. With hints of cherry tomato, the sweetness of plum, and a smooth note of blackcurrant finish, I just love it when a good coffee is brewed right! I asked Kayli how was her long black and she said it was good too.
Second Time Visit
A couple of weeks after my initial visit, I made a return trip to Wreckyn St. Coffee. This time, I was on a mission to try their signature iced Tiramisu coffee. I was honestly shocked to find it was a full house, and there was even a line outside the door! The popularity has definitely grown quickly. However, what really made me came back was the appearance of the signature drink, which was almost identical to the Mont Blanc coffee from Good Measure, in Carlton.
After trying both drinks, they actually taste pretty similar, and both are delightful. The key difference lies in the base of the drinks. Good Measure uses a filter coffee as their base, while Wreckyn opts for a single-origin long black coffee. I believe both use the same sweet thick cream on top, but while Good Measure adds a sprinkle of orange zest and nutmeg, Wreckyn chooses a chocolate sprinkle.
In conclusion, Wreckyn Coffee is definitely on the rise in Melbourne right now. With this surge of new customers coming in, it’s important for them to improve the efficiency of their baristas’ workflow. On my second visit, I had to wait for more than 15 minutes for my coffee, and I could see the three staff were struggling. *wish I could help*
Additionally, it seems they should work on making their iced Tiramisu drink more consistent in terms of size and taste. I noticed they were eye-balling the recipe while assembling the drink, and it was evident that the portion size for dine-in customers was way smaller than the takeaway cup. I’ve read reviews on their dine-in iced Tiramisu Coffee for being very bitter, understandably because of the size of the cup that they’re using. So, yeah.. Just my two cents 🙂
Despite these minor issues, I still highly recommend checking out Wreckyn St. Coffee in North Melbourne. Let me know what you think about this spot, and where you want me to go next in the comment section below! I’ll see you soon! xo
- Wreckyn St. Coffee
- Mon – Fri : 07:00 AM – 04:00 PM
- Weekend : Closed
- Type : Coffee Shop
- Price : $
- Alcohol : –
- Dessert : Yes (Pastry)
- Indoor Capacity : -+ 15
- Outdoor Capacity : –
- RSVP : Walk-in Only
- Waiting Time : 15 minutes
- Toilet : Not Sure
- Wifi : No