I would have missed C.R.E.A.M (Coffee Rules Everything Around Me) cafe on Brighton road if I hadn't noticed the enthusiastic male serving coffee to an outside table. I peeked inside and saw a long bench filled with beautiful beach-side people. Feeling slightly intimidated I hesitated before a friendly staff member found me a seat at the long bench. He handed me two menus; one for breakfast and one for coffee. I realised I was in a cafe that was serious about coffee. After seeing that the coffee menu noted the country and farm origin of the coffee as well as the process and variety, I felt a little embarrassed at my order of, "Just a flat white, thanks."
I have to say this cafe felt very ... millennial. And I mean all the good connotations of a millennial. It felt fun, creative, hard-working, independent and risk-taking. The staff looked like friends who were enjoying spending the morning together, listening to hip-hop and delivering superior coffee to their customers. The fit out is well designed making use of a tiny space. Also, on a 33 degree heat day, there was enough airflow happening thanks to some well placed antique fans.
I had not organised to have my breakfast at this place but the meals that were coming out to other patrons looked colourful, fresh and generous. However, I don't think this is a cafe to take the kids to, with one hotcake priced at $19, a trip to CREAM is something you want to keep for hanging with friends. Also, the popularity of the cafe coupled with the intimate space, I know my kids would do my head in.
As a Gen Xer, I really wanted into this funky millennial hangout. Thankfully at 39, I can straddle the divide between millennial and Gen X, in the minority group Xennials (we exist). Baby Boomers don't be put off by my own generational trepidation though. I saw all ages welcomed into this cool and funky (funky? Is that what the cool kids say these days?) cafe. I will definitely be back and I would even take my Dad.