Coffee and community. That’s the ethos at Miss Audrey Coffee, which opened three weeks ago on a quiet Bardon street at the foot of Mout Coot-tha.
“When I used to work in the city, I would always stop off somewhere in the morning to get good coffee,” says co-owner Nic Condon. “Even if that meant driving out of the way.”
With Miss Audrey, he and wife Donna have established a perfect place to drop in for an early caffeine hit.
Condon tried several boutique roasters before settling on Padre Coffee. The Melbourne outfit already supplies to cafes throughout the Victorian capital, but Miss Audrey gets its beans from Noosa, where a second Padre roastery opened in March. The rich house blend combines five seasonal single origins from Latin America and India. Juices and teas are also available.
The cafe’s fit-out reflects the surrounding greenery: wooden outdoor seating, hanging plants, flower sprigs in vases. Nestled on a cosy verandah, the cafe fronts Miss Audrey Hair, which Donna established in 2014.
The much-loved Outlook Deli and Café has evolved into a catering business that continues to operate from a commercial kitchen at the back of the premises. Outlook supplies Miss Audrey’s daily muffins, friands and brownies. The Condons plan to add croissants and other baked goods in the coming months.
When the morning rush hits, Nic chats to customers like they’re old friends. “It’s a really supportive community,” he says. “Very locally minded.”
Parents and children come for a sweet treat – Bardon State School is just around the corner. Others bring their dogs and read the morning paper. For the rest, Miss Audrey means a good coffee and friendly face on the way to work.