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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published September 4th 2013
Time to have your coffee in a truly beautiful mug
Photo by Victoria Osborne

The designer and arts and crafts practitioner William Morris (1834 1896) famously said "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."

He despised industrialisation and saw factory work as robbing the soul from the humble craftsman and polluting Victorian society with mass produced and shoddy goods.

I wonder what he would have thought if he had been hurled into the future and had to navigate the aisles of a 2$ shop or any shopping mall with their morass of mass produced goods.

Image Cup and Mug website

I often think about his words when I am buying almost anything."Is it beautiful? Is it useful?" It has changed my buying habits considerably.

Photo by Victoria Osborne

All of this was at the forefront of my mind recently when a friend took me to Cup & Mug cafe in Kew.

This recently opened venture grew out of Heather Hobb's love of beautiful handcrafted Polish stoneware.

Photo Victoria Osborne

She saw some in Sydney, realised that no one else was importing the range so began the painstaking process or organising shipments to be sent to Australia.

Her reasoning was perhaps more related to her passion for the object than larger concerns for a booming business.

Photo by Victoria Osborne

Although pottery from the Boleslawiec region in Poland is sought after by worldwide by collectors so her passion may well ignite other people's passion here.

Finding herself with the beauty Heather then started to think about use.

Her son Tim Hobbs had done a barista training course so they united their efforts and teamed up to start Cup & Mug, a small 12 seater cafe bar and showroom for this lovely stoneware pottery.

Photo by Victoria Osborne

It is, I would imagine, the only place in Melbourne where your coffee and tea comes in such beautiful stoneware.

Unlike usual mugs they are quite heavy, retain the heat of what you are drinking and are beautiful to boot.

When you think that each has been hand turned on a wheel and then hand painted a true appreciation of that beauty sets in.

Around the shop are dressers and shelves with an assortment of this beautiful stoneware such as stunning teapots, plates, bowls and oven to table wares

They would make memorable wedding gifts, or special occasion presents that would last a lifetime. Or perhaps even just to have that really special mug that makes your cuppa session a time of beauty.

And unlike in mass produced goods, no two pieces are the same.

The pottery comes from the Boleslawiec region where there are rich clay deposits and generations of skilled artisans have continued to practice their traditional crafts since the middle-ages.

As well as making a great coffee Tim Hobbs makes beautiful hot chocolate (it is a home blend) and it tastes divine out of these solid mugs, There is also a selection of Polish baked goods including a very special plum cake.

Behind the coffee bar there is also a walking/ bike trail, which eventually meets up with the Yarra Bike Trail. I walked as far as the Kew Billabong (about 20-30 minutes walk) and teamed with a coffee, one before and one after, it was a delightful excursion.

Image Cup & Mug website

Oh, and if you are doing a coffee crawl there is another great coffee place just over the other side of Victoria Park called Adeney Milk Bar.
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Why? To drink great coffee out of beautiful mugs
When: Wednesday : 7.30am - 5pm Thursday : 7:30am - 5pm Friday : 7:30am - 5pm Saturday : 8am - 4pm Sunday : 10am - 4pm Monday : closed Tuesday : closed
Phone: 0408310409
Where: 547 High Street Kew East opposite Victoria Park
Cost: From $4
Your Comment
I've never seen a mug of coffee quite that big.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12098) 1928 days ago
What a fantastic looking shop - right down my alley!
by Karina Bryer (score: 2|249) 1928 days ago
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