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Published July 31st 2016
Boutique coffee served from a shipping container
Welcome to the Tiller
If you take your coffee seriously, then The Tiller is the place for you. Housed in an orange, converted shipping container above Mina Parade, this espresso bar overlooks the Newmarket train line. The very smooth Three Mile Scrub brew from Woolf Roasters is the house blend of choice. History buffs would know that Three Mile Scrub is the original name of this suburb.
Having opened in September 2013, The Tiller is a local secret. Its outdoor, half covered deck is relaxed, informal and private but does have limited seating. Original tree stumps are innovatively used as tables and black milk crates, topped with cushions provide a simple and easy place to sit and enjoy your coffee.
A single cumquart tree (which was fruiting during my visit) sits at the entrance and gives a gentle touch of green.
A single bench seat faces the street and overlooks mature gums trees and the occasional whiz of trains skimming past.
The converted orange shipping container
With the focus clearly on coffee, The Tiller offers a simple selection of light foods. Pastries, bagels and toasts are an easy choice. (My sourdough toast came with sweet plum jam and was served on a clay plate. Nice touch).
Sweet plum jam and sour dough toast
Street parking and a parking lot are available at the back of the cafe.