Not far from the station in the sleepy suburb of Roseville, is a cafe as on-trend as they come. Sam Gabrielian, managing director of Gabriel Coffee and the brains behind Preview Cafe, Back & Forth and Ritual Coffee Traders, together with long-time friend Murat Kum, has recently added Calibrate Coffee to the fold.
Gabrielian and Kum are focusing on specialty coffee, importing micro-lot and high-end green beans as well as, “most of the stuff that an average cafe will not buy because it’s not commercially viable for them,” Gabrielian says. "They won’t spend $50 to $60 per kilo on the coffees we are using.” Rather than using Gabriel Coffee, Gabrielian will be developing and roasting beans for the cafe, with two different blends: one designed for black coffees and the other for white.
The menu was created by Gabrielian’s wife, Taline, founder of Hippie Lane (a healthy dessert recipe app), who collaborated with chefs to design the wholefoods-based menu. The Calibrate Bowl one way to start the morning, with avocado, a soft-boiled egg, a selection of pickles and ferments, labne, mustard greens, quinoa and a nut and seed-based crisp. For a sweeter option, there’s the acai bowl with coconut jelly, coconut yoghurt, seasonal fruit and Hippie Lane RAWnola, presented in an egg shape.
The space is simple and Scandinavian in style, with wooden floors, bright white walls and brass pendant lights. The centrepiece is the custom-made Slayer espresso machine with a sleek white body and all the gadgets.
1 Lord Street, Roseville
Mon to Sun 6am-3.30pm