You'll find Boundary Espresso on the corner of Plenty Road and Junction Street, in Preston. It's quite literally on the corner, recognisable by its angular shape and wide shop-front windows. A large green sign on the building proclaims the street number '107' and there's some outdoor seating along both sides of the cafe that will help you spot it out as well.
Boundary Espresso has a simple style; wooden tables and chairs, and homely touches like a cuckoo clock, fresh flowers and a jar of gingerbread men on the counter. It's filled with gentle, natural lighting and doesn't get too noisy despite the small amount of space inside.
The cafe is one of the first treasures to appear among the dereliction of Preston South's rebuild. As well as that, Boundary Espresso is a contentious, community-minded business. They serve Fair Trade products, many of them organic. They purchase locally, supporting other businesses. The eggs they use are from free-range, grain fed hens and they have gluten free bread and soy milk on hand.
In terms of coffee, you can choose from single origin or blends of Nicaraguan, Ethiopian, Colombian or New Guinean beans but before you start thinking of it as another of those places for snobbish, coffee connoisseurs, you should have a look at the tea menu also.
Their 'Leaf Tea' brand of loose teas, come in flavours like 'peppermint nanna' and 'dusk', which is described as an organic black tea with a touch of lavender. If that's not to your fancy, you could try a pineapple and mint mineral water or a Vietnamese iced tea.
Boundary Espresso uses a blackboard menu and on it you'll find usual upmarket cafe offerings like toasted pide, thick fruit toast, and sausage breakfasts. Then, there's some flavour quirks, like polenta cakes, artichoke and haloumi omelettes and baked eggs which give a welcome break from the traditional choices of poached, scrambled or fried.
The food really is delicious and ranges in price from around nine to twenty dollars but don't just take my word for it. During my visit, each customer upon leaving was politely asked how they enjoyed their meal. The responses always seemed to be 'It was yummy' 'Oh, really good', 'Very nice, thank you'.