By Jo Rittey


One of the most important things when you walk into a café is the way you are greeted. It’s busy in the mornings at Allpress, but the staff make you feel welcome from the moment you come through the door. Tick.


Then there’s the vibe. There are some pretty funky soul beats playing in the background and the hum of people discussing the day ahead or perhaps already vying for who has the best weekend plans.


And it’s a great building. Abandoned warehouses have a certain allure. Especially when they are transformed into working roasteries and cafes. Allpress themselves describe their Collingwood premises as a ‘working billboard’ for their product.


Their product is, of course coffee. It has been coffee since 1986 in New Zealand when Michael Allpress decided to throw in his chef’s hat in pursuit of his other love of traditional Italian espresso. It was early days for coffee in Auckland, but he built his own coffee cart and quite a following. His obsession with providing the perfect brew led him to sourcing and roasting his own beans.


Allpress coffee has been in Australia since 2000 and is served in over 20 cafes in the northside. It’s worth seeking it out at source, though. The Collingwood café is tucked in off Rupert Street and has a courtyard area as well as a cosy interior with a log burner if the day is slightly chilly.


The menu is simple; you can have pastries or toast, granola, porridge or a tasty variety of filled sandwiches. If you like the Supremo blend coffee you drink on the spot, you can take home a bag of freshly roasted blends, as well as single origins, from the hoppers on the counter.


80 Rupert Street, Collingwood


Mon – Fri 7am – 3pm

Saturday 8am – 2pm



Jo is a French teacher, a freelance writer and needs good coffee to start her day. Armed with an exotic New Zealand accent and a winning (hopefully) smile, she likes nothing better than roaming the streets of the northside in search of new and old food-related wonders. 


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