Where to find the best coffee in Rutherglen

Barista at coffee machine seen through window of blue cafe

Serial Renovators Josh & Jenna relocated with their two young girls to Rutherglen, where they have recently completed a beautiful renovation of "The Castle House".

When they're not busy working on various projects, tending to the property's fruit orchard or hanging out with their chickens, they love getting out and about exploring Rutherglen and surrounds. As lovers of a good cup (Jenna loves an iced long black or cold brew, while Josh's go-to is an oat magic), we asked them where they've found the best coffee in the region...

A couple stand together in their kitchen
Image: Georgie James
Two years ago we made the move from inner city Melbourne to Rutherglen to be closer to family. We thought we’d miss the city, and certainly thought we’d miss the coffee! However, we’ve been pleasantly surprised with both the coffee and vibrant community.

Weekdays you’ll often find us at one of two locals, little g. or Caffeine n Machine.

little g. is a hole-in-the-wall coffee window located within the heritage façade of Grace bar + eatery. As well as the espresso, single origin, batch & cold brew coffee offering, there are sweet and savoury bites for a quick get away. Take-away only, with just a couple of tables out the front (our girls are early risers, so we’re usually their first customers!).

Lady holding coffee as she walks away from service window

Just down the Main Street, Caffeine n Machine are open early, the beans are local and there's plenty of space to find a perch inside. Our girls have a standing order of babychinos with pink marshmallows.

Two young girls sipping babychinos with plate of marshmallows in foreground
Our weekends usually involve a little road trip, a coffee in one of our favourite spots, and a fun day exploring the North East!

Here are our top five "go to" coffee shops in Rutherglen and surrounds:

little g. (Rutherglen)

Beans: Sixpence.

While you're there: Pick up a sweet treat baked in-house, or keep an eye on their socials for takeaway lunch specials such as pork belly banh mi.

Caffeine n Machine (Rutherglen)

Beans: Mansfield Coffee Merchant.

While you're there: Pick up some fresh burger buns for your weekend BBQ.

The Guard (Yackandandah)

Beans: Sixpence.

While you're there: Hop next door for a whisky or gin flight at Backwoods Distilling and grab pastries and sourdough from Happy Baker.

Tiny (Beechworth)

Beans: Sixpence.

While you're there: Grab one of their fancy jaffles to enjoy down by Lake Sambell.


Hardluck Coffee (Yarrawonga)

Beans: Allpress.

While you're there: Stay for their all-day breakfast and lunch menu.

Banner image courtesy of little g.

Two young girls sit at a cafe table playing with their dolls