A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published December 26th 2016
Capturing Camberwell's Coffee Connoisseurs
CoffeeHead is my 'go to' cafe and - as it's closed only on Christmas Day and New Year's Day - my saviour over the Christmas break. At any time of the year, it's the cafe that locals in the know go to, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of central Camberwell, and set back from the street, so it's easy to miss as you stride past to the railway station.
Out of the main drag, CoffeeHead is where there locals go. (Image from CoffeeHead's Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/coffeeheadmelb/
More than just a cafe serving high-quality breakfasts and lunches seven days a week, CoffeeHead is serious about its coffee. It is a coffee house, roastery and coffee retail store, boasting a 'Probat roaster, many talented baristas, and loads of coffee'. They offer for sale (in store and online) a range of beans including CoffeeHead Black Betty (featuring beans sourced from Guatemala and Brazil giving notes of 'hazelnut, dark chocolate and orange zest') and Perky Jo (a handcrafted micro-roast blend of 50% cerrado (fine cup) from Brazil, and 50% from the Highlands of New Guinea).
But if, like me, you're happy to have your coffee in a cafe instead of brewing it at home, then you are guaranteed a classy coffee every time at CoffeeHead.
A big barn of a place!
CoffeeHead is located in a big barn of a place - a former warehouse to be more precise - meaning there is plenty of seating. There is also seating outside under umbrellas (at the front), which is a dog-friendly area (water supplied).
Walk-ins are welcome, it's usually easy to get a seat
If you're feeling hungry, there is a diverse menu that should cater to most tastes, including those with dietary limitations. The menu seems to change seasonally, but there are some standards that happily remain, such as one of my favourites, the red lentil dahl, with yoghurt, dukkah, coriander and toasted pide ($10.90) - a wholesome feed at a very reasonable price.
My partner Dave and I recently called in for brunch. I selected the superfood smoothie bowl - gluten free muesli, banana, strawberries, kiwifruit, blueberries, pomegranate and chia seeds ($15.90). The presentation was divine and it made me want to dive in. The flavour combination was lovely, and the fruits fresh and luscious.
Superfood Smoothie Bowl - a feast for the eyes as well as the palate
Dave ordered eggs on toast (poached) ($11.90) with sides of roasted tomatoes and avocado - simple food, but tasty.
Eggs on toast with sides - simple but tasty
If you want something more indulgent, try the salted caramel waffles with strawberries, salted caramel, vanilla ice cream and balsamic glaze ($16.90). At the healthy end of the spectrum, try the slow roasted cauliflower with spiced coconut, goji berries, pepitas, pea mash and smoked paprika ($18.90).
Other things to like about CoffeeHead is that the service is always great and super friendly. I also love their flexible attitude to things. Substitutes in menu items? No problem. Want to split the bill? No problem. Eftpos minimum? They don't have one. Want to share a dish? No problem (they even split it in the kitchen for us). In my experience, such a strong service ethic is rare in cafes these days, and that is why, amongst its other attributes, I keep returning, and have no hesitation in highly recommending CoffeeHead.
CoffeeHead is located at 8 Railway Parade, Camberwell. It is open from 7.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday, and 8.00am - 4.00pm on weekends. It's just a short walk from Camberwell Station, so getting there by public transport is a breeze.
Walk-ins are welcome (and I've never had a problem getting a table, given the size of the place).
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