Cleaver Street Coffee Shop
In its early days, Cleaver Street Coffee Shop pitched itself as a “social club” on Facebook. It’s apt. On any given morning you'll see regulars chin wagging with gregarious owner Cade Eglington. There's Henry, a retiree who for the past 30 years has devoted himself to keeping Cleaver Street tidy – sweeping footpaths, wheeling out bins and brushing bus-stop benches. Or Robynne, director of nearby Phoenix Academy, who buys a suspended coffee each Friday.
At a mere nine square metres, you wouldn't call it a coffee shop, either. It's little more than a window attached to the side of a deli, with space for a couple of aproned baristas, a vertical garden made from old dresser drawers, a Synesso machine and a bouquet of fresh flowers.
Young Eglington has made coffee Cleaver Street’s main focus with the cafe using Blacklist coffee. While there’s no space for pour-overs or filter, he makes up for it by cranking out coffees quickly and expertly. He also runs a coffee home-delivery business and a co-working space.
To go with your brew is the cake du jour, which Eglington sources from Gourmet Republik or Casa del Dolce, in flavours such as red velvet, German chocolate or the always-popular mud cake. Coffee and cake – what more do you really need?