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Eden Espresso

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by Tim McKnight (subscribe)
Tim McKnight is a Melbourne-based writer and weekend escapee
Published January 28th 2012
Eden Espresso
Eden Espresso
What makes your favourite café so special? In a city with arguably the best selection of cafes and coffee quality south of the equator, pinpointing a favourite is very much a personal matter.

Is it the luscious array of beverages and food gracing the menu, the ambience, familiar service, free WiFi or proximity to home or work that does it for you?

Following a move to Malvern I tried out numerous cafes on and off Glenferrie Road, gravitating to one that floated my boat – Eden Espresso.

Ice chocolate
Eden's ice chocolate

A warm day will see Eden greet you with its folding glass doors open to reveal a simple, rustic interior featuring a couple of comfy couches plus solid tables and chairs. Or pull up a pew on the footpath for some sunshine. The evolving rear courtyard expanded last spring to add more seating and shadecloths, not to mention water bowls for Rover and Fifi.

Eden's baristas consistently serve up a satisfying brew however you like it – hot or cold, with beans sourced from 5 Senses. Fair Trade and organic coffee is available too. Breakfast and lunch menus host traditional café fare with some custom variations. A personal favourite is indulging in the pastrami sandwich on rye.

Pastrami sandwich
Mouth-watering pastrami sandwich

As for service, Eden's owner and staff are a friendly, youthful bunch with a touch of familiarity that gels well with the regulars. A little patience may come in handy during the weekend brunch and lunch peaks, though early risers can take advantage of the more leisurely atmosphere over a newspaper and extra-terrestrial muffin.

Well worth a visit.
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Why? Great coffee, service, muffins and free WiFi
When: 7am - 6pm M - F; 8am - 8pm weekends
Where: 121 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern, VIC
Cost: variable
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