I count myself lucky to be born in Australia's coffee capital of Melbourne and love to write about what's on in my home town.
Published May 22nd 2012
Warm, earthy and aromatic, Red Cup Cafe brings a touch of bohemian chic to Box Hill. Sipping silky smooth Genovese coffee and gazing out through dark tinted windows upon the bustling, tree-lined thoroughfare of Whitehorse Road like an incognito movie star, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Brunswick Street.
Red Cup's clientele is eclectic, ranging from local business people catching a coffee on the run, to students from nearby Box Hill Tafe, mothers' groups and retirees with time to linger over their lattes. Accessible via the service road, with parking in front (2 hour limit) and alongside, the refurbished 1930s shopfront was once a greengrocer, and still retains plenty of rustic period charm.
The brick and dark timber interior, which showcases a number of striking paintings by local artists (including Tafe students) accommodates around 40, with additional seating kerbside beneath a row of sturdy cafe umbrellas. Once seated, the bright, efficient staff immediately treat you like an old friend, allowing you to take your time over the menu and peruse the bakery cabinet, which overflows with generously proportioned homemade goodies like muffins, pastries, chocolate brownies (served with warm ganache and thick cream) and their hallmark light-as-air scones.
Open seven days (6.30am-3pm Monday to Friday, 7am-3pm weekends), Red Cup Cafe is owned by local residents Michael and Kelly Olsen who, with inspiration from their daughter Ella, have in two short years of operation firmly established themselves as trailblazers in the drive to bring inner city cafe culture to the suburbs.