Brunch nook Penny Coffee Co opens in Dutton Park
Food and coffee. These core aspects of cafe hospitality are essentially two sides of the same coin. All too often patrons are forced to flip the coin to see which side they land on – often settling for a cafe that nails one, but leaves the other lacking. A new cafe has arrived on the scene that aims to deliver the goods in both categories – Dutton Park’s Penny Coffee Co. With a seasonal approach to food and a specialty coffee lean, this cafe is already impressing locals, so perhaps your brunch choice needn’t be dictated by heads or tails.
Before returning to his hometown to open up Penny Coffee Co, Geoff Grundy was cutting his teeth in the Melbourne coffee scene – managing cafes and working with the big names in specialty roasts. When the urge struck to open a cafe of his own, Geoff took everything he had learned down south and focused it into what has shaped up to be a considered and impressive Dutton Park noshery. Geoff found his dream location – an freshly renovated building that once housed a photo-developing studio on Annerley Road – and enlisted Clui Design to install a fashionably minimalist but welcoming fit-out inside, and local artist Shani Finch to create an eye-catching mural on the building’s north-facing exterior wall.
The hyper-competitive nature of Melbourne’s coffee scene has instilled in Geoff a desire to ensure that Penny Coffee Co excels in both food and coffee. The all-day breakfast menu is seasonal with a focus on modern Australian eats and local flora. Currently diners can enjoy the likes of miso scrambled eggs with salt-baked salmon and cucumber salad, confit mushrooms with pumpkin hummus and grilled haloumi, and French Toast with cinnamon brioche, poached stone fruit and malted honeycomb ice-cream. Geoff has also ensured that the coffee selection is approachable and consistent, choosing Parallel Roasters for its house blend and a rotating option for its single origin and batch brew.
Penny Coffee Co is now open. Get all the extra details you need in the Stumble Guide.
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