Coe & Coe
Outside a train rattles by, almost overhead. The street art on one wall signposts a bold addition to this traditionally industrial area, and the basketball hoop adds a sense of fun.
After years on the international football scene, former Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Nathan Coe sustained an injury and decided to go into the cafe business with his brother and wife. Rocco & Coe in Port Melbourne was first off the mark, then Coe & Coe followed in 2016.
While you wait for your order, shoot some hoops or have your Polaroid taken. The photos are strung out near the counter – simply find your photo and mark off each coffee purchase for a playful take on the loyalty card concept.
Fun aside, the coffee, panini and juice concept is taken very seriously. The Allpress coffee is brewed exactingly, the juices are made to order and a couple of panini fillings have added flair, such as spicy tuna or jalapeño aioli. Eat at a communal table or just grab and go.
Either way, you’ll feel good about your lunch. Coe & Coe is part of a global initiative called Buy1Give1, through which it donates a percentage of its sales to selected projects.