Before launching Heresy, which opened in April 2017, friends Jenna Sandham and Adrian Maher spent more than a year driving Ubers to raise some of the start-up cash.
The tiny 10-seat Heresy was originally the building’s loading dock. A large mirror, thunderstone counter, Tasmanian oak benchtops and loads of indoor plants are the standout features in the stylish grab-and-go space. There’s also a white neon sign reading: “We’ll turn you on”, too.
Breakfast includes the K.I.S.S (“Keep it Simple Stupid”), with baked egg, feta, cherry tomatoes and basil. Or, you can opt for one of the two cylindrical Tupperware pods: one with coconut vanilla and raspberry chia pudding, fruit and yoghurt, the other with blueberries, coconut-soaked oats, raspberry chia, coconut yoghurt, toasted nuts and berries. Sandham and Maher encourage people to bring back the containers for reuse.
For lunch there are four salads to pick from: buckwheat tabouli; roast pumpkin and chickpea: African dukkah sweet potato with teff; and a salad of the day. And you can add a protein, which changes every week. There’s also a soup of the day or a heartier barbeque pulled lamb slider with spinach and potato in a Dench Bakers sourdough roll.
Heresy uses Tullamarine-based Rosso Roasting Co, and serves one other coffee on rotation every few weeks, for example Market Lane’s Colombian La Loma, which it does filtered, black and batch brewed in a one-litre pot. They’ll even fill it into your BYO mug if you ask them.