With RMIT’s cafeteria closed for renovations, bleary-eyed students have had to look elsewhere for their morning takeaway since semester began. That was until Coffee Nomad popped up earlier this month.
The pop-up on Bowen Street near RMIT Building 5 is the fourth Coffee Nomad venture for founders Dimitri Limberopoulos and Charlie Hammond. It’s run entirely from the back of a Mini Moke.
A hulking La Marzocco straddles the small black car, pumping out the Nomad’s Chocolate Rain blend, which is made of equal parts Tanzanian and Costa Rican beans. There are plans to change the blend seasonally.
Coffee Nomad has been serving students and faculty since opening its first campus mobile cafe on Melbourne University’s Tin Alley in September last year. After its initial success, it expanded to a permanent venue in RMIT’s Building 8 earlier this year, which is now joined by the Bowen Street pop-up. It also enjoyed a stint in Barwon Heads over summer.
Though only offering coffee at this stage, Limberopoulos says they hope to start stocking a range of cakes and pastries soon, making the prospect of a lecture-filled day more bearable.
Coffee Nomad will trade on Bowen Street until moving to another location on campus in July.
Coffee Nomad Bowen Street
Front of Building 5, Bowen Street, RMIT University
Mon to Fri 8am–5pm