30 Mill refers to the amount of coffee that goes into a shot, and exemplifies just how much owner and head barista James Laskie cares about coffee.
A huge poster of the New York skyline and Frank Sinatra’s crooning lyrics of the same legendary song is the only relic of the former mortgage brokers who last occupied the space in on Milton Parade. But what takes pride of place is the Synesso Cyncra coffee machine that’s perched on the counter.
An old hand at third-wave coffee practices, Laskie offers a Five Senses house blend, a rotating single-origin roast, as well as few more interesting additions to the drinks menu such as the 30 Mill affogato – 40mls of the single origin of the week poured over vanilla bean ice-cream, with a smattering of crunchie chocolate over the top.
Laskie and his father Ted built everything from the coffee benches to the large communal table and stools. A large 1940s lamp hanging on a system of pulleys and D-bolts nicely ties in an industrial-nautical theme, with a heavy marine rope anchoring the light to the wall that has knots so impressive it becomes a feature itself.
Situated across Malvern's Tooronga Station, 30 Mill offers breakfast basics such as Noisette toast and pastries, organic muesli, and a choice of sandwiches for lunch or to pop in your bag before jumping on the train.