Art and coffee belong together. The folks at Crooked Spire Coffee House in Midland get that. The space offers Veneziano coffee in a space prettied up with murals by Brenton See, Steve Brown and Ariel Katzir.
It’s a pretty sweet deal: owner Mike Matich supplies the paint and coffee and the city’s best urban artists enjoy the empty walls and rapt audience. There’s even a council-approved wall in the back laneway for young graffiti artists.
To sustain them all is a range of breakfast and lunch options such as muesli layered with honey, juicy berries and yogurt; or the fresh pear, walnut and feta salad. A word to the wise: the peanut-butter brownies rarely last long.
The cavernous, open-plan venue, formerly an army surplus store, is decked out with worn leather sofas, large communal tables (scavenged from the old Midland Railway Workshops) and a stage for live music.
The gregarious baristas seem to appreciate that of all the places they could work in Midland, they’ve chosen the best. One visit to Crooked Spire and you’ll agree.