Situated across from Flagstaff Gardens and a skip and a jump from the station is the new cafe Brother Thomas. The name may be familiar – it’s the very same roastery that has been supplying Camberwell coffee mecca Coffeehead with seriously good beans for some time.
And now, in a bright space complete with blonde wood furniture, calming blue tile touches and a leafy view, Brother Thomas has a permanent home in the city.
The cafe has been “a long time coming,” according to founder Jerome Dadon, and a chance for Brother Thomas’ coffee to shine on its own terms. Undaunted by warnings from friends that opening another coffee outpost in the CBD would be an act of over-saturation, Dadon is confident of his simple offering at Brother Thomas: great coffee and food.
The display cabinet is packed with sweets by Little Bertha, fresh baguettes, salads, tarts and sliders, and there’s a more expansive menu of more serious breakfast and lunch options too.
And then there’s the coffee. Sister M.C. is blended from Costa Rican, Papua New Guinean and Brazilian beans for strong espresso, while the filter brew is organic Ethiopian Sidamo. There are also take-home bags of beans available.
Brother Thomas has already been adopted by curious CBD workers and locals, and is on track to becoming one of the most popular coffee destinations west of Swanston Street.