Handcraft Specialty Coffee
The menu at Handcraft Specialty Coffee offers lovingly crafted, modest fare to busy commuters and laid-back locals alike.
Try the fried free-range eggs with spiced, slow-cooked Barossa bacon, or perhaps a simple sandwich of double-smoked ham, McClure’s pickle (specially ordered in from Detroit), Warrnambool cheddar and fresh tomato on Swiss bakery Hiestand bread.
There is a Brazilian fried pastry served with ketchup and chilli sauce and a Korean-American kimchi dog. Which is a bun-less American-style sausage, deep fried in a crunchy batter layered with homemade kimchi, caramelised onions and shaved cheddar with a side of fries.
There are pastries from Hiestand and salted chocolate Cookies from Luke Avenue. Try milkshakes such as Belgian chocolate, Madagascan vanilla or pecan and salted caramel.
The design of the space is minimalist, with a homey, welcoming feel. In the colder months, blankets are neatly folded by the outdoor settings.
The coffee here is serious business. John favours St. ALi’s Sensory Lab Steadfast blend for milk-based coffees. There is a different blend each week for black and filter varieties. Melbourne varieties have been popular, such as Proud Mary or Market Lane. For the less coffee-inclined, Handcraft also serves organic tea by Larsen & Thompson.