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Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is #14 on The 2014 GOOD City Index.

Melbourne is at once a rebel and a class act. The dynamic and independent arts scene means creative spaces and projects flourish, while engaged citizens, artists, and entrepreneurs realize they can achieve things here that simply would not be possible elsewhere. The past year has seen rapid gentrification creep into even the most neglected areas of the city. In the CBD and many inner-city suburbs, huge rent increases have forced many businesses and residents to leave, while critics have denounced so-called efforts at regeneration as a threat to the city’s diversity. But, even as their space becomes contested, the city’s creative community has shown remarkable resilience. For every live music venue or artist studio under threat, a new one pops up. As areas that were once bastions of bohemia become unaffordable, members of Melbourne’s creative class explore pockets of the city that they previously overlooked.

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In Melbourne, Pairing Coffee with Training for Refugees

To get the best out of a humble coffee bean, you first have to roast it at a starting temperature of about 160 degrees, then grind it into tiny pieces, and finally you extract the coffee by forcing pressurized water near boiling point to filter through. That's not a bad metaphor for how I feel after trying to bridge the worlds of coffee-making and immigration with Long Street Espresso.

To get the best out of a humble coffee bean, you first have to roast it at a starting temperature of about 160 degrees, then grind it into tiny pieces, and finally you extract the coffee by forcing pressurized water near boiling point to filter through. That's not a bad metaphor for how I feel after trying to bridge the worlds of coffee-making and immigration with Long Street Espresso.

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