By Jo Rittey


Three Bags Full have been around for a while. Housed in the beautiful brick Denton Mills building, Three Bags was for a long time a beacon of coffee hope in a fairly sparse Abbotsford and Collingwood landscape. Now the neighbourhood is packed with the sorts of cafes that sport industrial bulbs and La Marzocco coffee machines, not to mention all kinds of superfood smoothies, and yet, Three Bags Full continue to pull the crowds and consistently serve excellent coffee and beautiful food.


All the old favourites are here and that’s a good thing. Prodigal chef Lasse Povlsen, having done a stint at Cumulus chose days over nights once again and returned to the fold last year. Lucky Three Bags. The menu is sound and you can tell that every dish that comes out has been plated with care. This is some of the most appetising and not overly fussy presentation around.


You’d be hard pressed not to find something that matches your appetite. Whether it’s granola or bircher, ricotta hotcakes or twice baked French toast, the Three Bags Benedict or beetroot cured salmon, not to mention all the other dishes in between, there is something for everyone. The ever popular eggs in hell, featuring grilled polenta, spicy chorizo ragu, two poached eggs and fior de latte, is an excellent choice but if grains are your thing in the morning the summery acai granola with seasonal fruit and berries and topped with flowers will assail all your senses in a soulfilling way.


And that’s just breakfast. The greens and grains, Brat pide, range of hearty pulled meat sandwich options, and daily mixed salad plate make coming back for lunch a compelling option.


The coffee machine is run by a team of capable baristas, including Pok, who recently placed third in cup tasting at the Victorian Barista Championships. You’re in good hands here.


The House Blend is by 5 Senses with guest star beans from the likes of Dukes, Moccamaster and Small Batch for the pourover, batchbrew and cold drip methods.


The cold drip infusion AKA the New fashioned at only $4 sounds like the cocktail you’re having when you’re not having a cocktail and waking up and smelling the coffee will never be the same again. Cold drip coffee snap infused with orange zest, raisin sweetness and star anise twist.


Do it.



Corner Nicholson and Mollison Streets, Abbotsford

Weekdays 7am – 4pm

Weekends 7.30am – 4pm


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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