Standing room only

Tuesday December 27, 2011 Written by nadia

A new Melbourne espresso bar is making coffee the old world Italian way (the 'traditional way' or 'no way').

Patricia's approach to coffee won't suit the latte set, but it will probably teach them a thing or two about old school beanage.

Caffeine comes in three ways: black (espresso or long black, made on machine), white (with milk) or filter (available in different unique bean blends). The man behind the concept is Bowen Holden, an alumni of famed local haunts De Clieu, Seven Seeds and Brother Baba Budan. The man knows his coffee and there are some top locals on the billing, such as Proud Mary and Market Lane.

Bowen's hands-on approach extends from behind the counter to the counter itself. He worked with local interior architects Foolscap and designers Beyond The Pixels to produce a considered space within the existing office building framework. With a stremlined Deco aesthetic and a marble counter, the fitout tips its hat to tradition with a few modern zingers (our favourite is the ceiling neon that reads 'sunshine').

Located on the corner of Little Bourke and Little William Streets (near the law courts) where people wear suits and time is - more often than not - money, Patricia caters to coffee lovers and folks who are too busy to argue.

Images: Nico Alary