There’s certainly no shortage of good coffee in our fair city, so to establish an innovative point of difference from every other cafe is a tall order.
In Stovetop’s case, it’s in the name. It comes from the stovetop burners, each of which have a Bialetti coffee maker perched on top, making one of two guest blends that will rotate in two-month cycles. In addition, one of Stovetop’s own family-roasted blends will be available on a daily basis.
“Our aim is to eventually be showcasing all our own coffee,” says co-owner George Seoud. “But until we get to that point, we have so much great locally roasted coffee to showcase.”
Stovetop really is a family affair – a joint venture by brothers George and Sam Seoud. The brothers know that to make a mark on Melbourne’s coffee scene, you need good food as well as a good brew, so the menu is stocked with unique dishes like duck eggs baked in sautéed spinach, sweet potato and chia seed latkes, and the satisfying corned Wagyu beef brioche. A range of desserts are also baked in-house daily.
Designed by Robert Bolitho from Piece Design in collaboration with Adrian Malarbi, the space is industrial with a modern edge, with pale timbers, 1960s-inspired white decorative besser blocks and a custom-made timber feature light fitting marrying the old and the new flawlessly.
Currently open Mondays to Saturdays for breakfast and lunch, Stovetop will also be open on Sundays from August 4.