Living in the Malvern/Glen Iris locale meant I was spoilt for choice when it came to good coffee and sweet spots to sit down for a chat – The Pour Kids, 30 Mill Espresso, Third Earth, Thread Cafe, Mr Foxx, Sissi & Co just to name a few. Since moving to the Blackburn area a month ago, I have been searching high and low for a local place to hang out at.
Word of mouth led me to Red Cup Cafe. While they have a huge following in the area, I wasn’t nuts about their coffee or service. It had lots of seemingly new waitstaff hanging around waiting to be told what to do and although the coffee was okay, I didn’t want to drive all that way just for okay’ish coffee. Similarly, Coffee Hit and The Block by Coffee Hit at Doncaster Westfield had coffee I really enjoyed but they are even further from me. No, I was simply looking for something not more than a block away that I could drop in on.
Well, here is a place that I am nuts about. I’m nuts about their coffee, the ambience, the play area, the service. Appropriately, it’s named Nuts About Coffee (or Nuts Meet Beans Cafe depending on which business card you take, so even the name is a little nutty) and they serve fair-trade organic coffee as well as a wide variety of nuts and beans, grains and dried fruit.
Mike, the owner, knows how to pour a good coffee and it comes with a sticky fruit & nut slice that will have you licking your fingers. The coffee is extremely well priced at $3 – most places round here will charge $4 as a good coffee (or just coffee in general) is hard to come by – and babycinos are free (unheard of). There is a kiddy corner that will keep little ones entertained as they flick through the books, cuddle the dolls or listen out for the train going past Blackburn Station. There’s angled parking right outside and more spots behind the shops.
Nuts About Coffee
80 South Parade, Blackburn Road 3130