What a weird little place. I remember this being one of Melbourne’s first Specialty coffee shops, possibly even being the place that set the rubric for the hole-in-the-wall cafe. Over the past ten years, Melbourne’s coffee scene had definitely caught up, and to be honest, I kinda forgot this place existed. A friend told me that Switchboard was under new management, and that she had a really solid coffee here, so I figured I would pop by when I was in the city next. I wasn’t disappointed. Coffee is by Coffee Supreme - their house blend is a blend of two South American beans (hence South Blend). There isn’t any single origin or filter. Had a short black and a flat white - Coffee was perfectly extracted; the beans were a little boring black, but cut through milk really well. Plenty of food options available. Kinda funny watching the barista (who seemed more than a little too big for this space) try and wash dishes in the corner. The staff seemed to know everyone in the lane way well, lots of banter and jokes, which I guess is what keeps people coming back to small places like this. Good to see a Melbourne institution still has the goods!