It was a desire to establish a coffee-centric space on their own turf that was behind siblings Annie and Andreas Martinu’s decision to open Reverence Specialty Coffee & Tea in Ascot Vale, a suburb that is quickly becoming a jewel of the inner west café scene. But it’s the fact that the brother and sister are both experienced baristas and coffee roasters that really ensures the quality of the tea and coffee being served on Union Road.

“We got a bit tired of having to travel to The Auction Rooms or drive somewhere to get a specialty coffee,” says Annie. “We love living in the west and thought it was time to open up something in Ascot Vale.”

Annie was barista and then roaster at The Maling Room in Canterbury for three years and runs the day-to-day business, while Andreas is currently head roaster for Atomica.

Annie admits that the success of places like The Premises in Kensington and Duchess of Spotswood gave them confidence to open inner west. “These places are busy and that’s good to see. You realise that people in this part of town are interested in specialty coffee.”

The former solicitor’s office was renovated over a six-month period in the second half of 2011 and they opened early January. The decor is sparse – exposed light bulbs and little artwork – which can’t help but bring focus to the coffee, which includes a house blend and single origin for espresso as well as other varieties of beans for filter coffee and cold drip available.

There is a smart, succinct breakfast and lunch menu, and by all accounts, the folk of Ascot Vale are more than interested in specialty coffee. So far so good.

Reverence Specialty Coffee & Tea
155 Union Road, Ascot Vale
(03) 9375 2170

Mon-Fri 7:15am–4pm
Sat & Sun 8am–5pm