20 Wembley Ave, Yarraville. Phone: 0459 075 207
Cup & Bean proprietor Tim doesn’t see himself as coffee zealot or crusader, but there’s no doubt he’s passionate about his coffee and his new venture in Wembley Ave, Yarraville.
Right next door to very good Indian establishment Mishra’s Kitchen, Cup & Bean pays homage to the premise’s previous incarnation as a greengrocer by stocking a limited but useful range of fresh produce.
For the time being, the food offerings are being kept simple – sandwiches, pastries and the like – with Tim keeping an open mind about it and welcoming customer feedback.
The in-house bean brews have a much more singular focus, though, with Tim ushering me behind the counter to show how he uses a “double group handle” – often used to make two coffees – to create superb efforts at $3.60 a pop.
Tim has a coffee pedigree that includes stints with the Jasper brand and what he refers to as “multiple site management”, which is why he’s having such a grand time being hands-on in his own enterprise.
I have two coffees as we visit and talk – one an ordered and paid-for cafe latte and the other a gratis “demonstration” model of the same genre.
They are both excellent – just the right temperature, creamy and intense without being bitter or too strong.
Excellent? Actually, they’re perfect.
Cup & Bean is a lovely space.
At the front are comfy old armchairs, including a rocking nursing chair, and a growing collection toys.
In the centre of the room, a large communal wooden table is surrounded by similarly personality-laden chairs of a more upright variety.
The walls are adorned with lovely paintings.
Cup & Bean is open 7.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday and Saturdays from 8am-1pm.