While we’re on the subject of international coffee, today’s The Hindu (India… and I guess quite obviously so) published an article documenting Melbourne, Australia’s claim to be at the heart of that nation’s coffee culture: The Hindu : Magazine / Columns : Coffee anyone?.

Melbourne has a pretty strong case. They have a rich coffee history, a vast number of quality cafés, coffee walking tours (“the Coffee Crawl”), and loyal readership behind the Melbourne Coffee Review (and there’s even a Melbourne Cafe Reviews). Exploring the obligatory “local angle”, the article also touches on the use of Monsooned Malabar beans from India.

UPDATE: June 4, 2007
Melbourne’s The Age essentially added to this story today, touching on the roots of Italian immigrants who changed the local coffee culture for the better in the 1950s: Ruling the roast – Epicure – Entertainment – theage.com.au.