Between the boutiques and fancy diners of Fitzroy’s Gertrude Street, there’s a window with a small representation of Gertrude Stein’s head. Behind this window (and the head) is a retail coffee store named for the American poet, by the folks from Coffee Supreme.
With Gertrude Stein, Supreme’s Heath Cater and Justin Emerson bring a new iteration of retail coffee to the area. The absence of an espresso machine should be duly noted.
The small space provides batch-brewed coffee and pastries from Loafer Bread. The modular fit-out has two leaning benches (the space is standing-room only) and a wall of retail shelves, adorned with all the coffee geekery you could dream of. Bags of blends are at eye level, while the single estates are kept in clean, white drums hanging above the floor.
At Gertrude Stein’s, staff will assist you with the coffee that best suits your tastes, beginning with an analysis of brew method, right through to which flavours make you a happy drinker.
Open until mid November, the space will also be used to host events such as cuppings or tastings and talks by designer Sophie Moran – who designed Supreme’s retail ceramic cups – and the man behind Uppercup, James McKay.