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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.