After decent stints at St ALi and Proud Mary, coffee veteran Kris Wood stepped out on his own with Clement, a hole-in-the-wall café in South Melbourne Market.
Wood’s goal is to have more people drinking great coffee. A new Spirit espresso machine – imported from Holland and one of the first in Melbourne – shouldn’t harm the cause.
According to Wood, the emphasis is on “giving customers a choice and sharing specialty coffee on their level”. Part of this involves using a particular bean for weeks at a time, rather than daily rotations, so drinkers experience varying characteristics on different days.
Coffee is from Market Lane, Small Batch or Clement’s own beans – the latter being roasted off-site at a nearby St ALi warehouse. Filter methods are AeroPress and plunger, while a Pony Blend made for Pony Bikes in West Melbourne is available for stovetop. Labels hope to educate, listing farm names, countries of origin, varieties and flavours.
There’s also hot chocolate from local specialists Mörk and small treats sourced from Melbourne producers that can be enjoyed at street-side tables.