Review: Coffee Hit | The Glen
Let's face it, if you're a coffee lover and you want a cup of joe to give you a taste rush that'll bring you back for another, you're not going to get it in a shopping centre, right?
Absolutely. But hang on a bit, there's an exception. Queensland-based Coffee Hit obviously didn't get the message that shopping mall coffee is pretty ordinary because it's consumed by half-conscious people fixated on nothing more than doing the shopping and getting out of there.
We recently reviewed Coffee Hit's new High Street café at Thornbury, and couldn't resist the invitation to try out the another 'roaster and café' in the newly refurbished The Glen Shopping Centre at Glen Waverley. After all, good coffee in a shopping centre...?
With coffee bars seemingly on every street corner, you might have thought that Coffee Hit was pretty brave adding yet another on busy High Street, in the heartland of coffee-conscious Melbourne. But it's doing just fine, thanks to a combination of just about everything that makes a café worth revisiting - like tastes to die for in liquid and solid form, and friendly, savvy staff.
An even bigger challenge would be a café in a bustling place like The Glen, where no one looks like they have the time to linger over a beautiful cup of coffee or admire the menu. But once again, Coffee Hit has settled into a niche that no one else realised was there.
We're met at the company's bustling cafe in The Glen by National Operations Manager James Tolan, who is passionate about coffee and great food and has become an expert in all things coffee and café after 17 years in the hospitality game.
Coffee Hit has been around at The Glen for a year now, entering into the shopping centre's extensive family during stage 1 of the new development. This allowed them to attract new customers who then kept coming back for more of the excellent coffee and fast and friendly service.
James says one of his goals has been to change people's opinions about getting great coffee in shopping centres. Just because you're shopping doesn't mean you should have to miss out on great coffee or scrimp on flavour, he says.
Whether it's a relaxed coffee and lunch or food on the go, Coffee Hit at The Glen certainly ticks all the boxes. They offer a large variety of sandwiches including toasties, rolls and foccacias.
We had a more leisurely lunch, enjoying maple ricotta pancakes with berries, sesame nut brittle and vanilla marscapone and a delicious BBQ pulled pork toastie. And the prices are very reasonable.
Nestled in The Glen's busy fresh food precinct close to two supermarkets and two butchers, the café fits in well with the centre's aim to capitalise on the increasingly sophisticated tastes of Glen Waverly's middle-class population.
And Coffee Hit makes the point that it's serious about coffee with the large roaster that takes up space in the café. It's roasting 70kg of excellent quality coffee beans weekly, and James says they're doing their bit for the foodie fetishists by planning a series of coffee seminars.
People are moving away from milk-based drinks, says James. It's more and more about the original taste.
He demonstrates by offering us a pour over natural Ethiopian filtered coffee. - so aromatic and flavoursome it's like sipping a fine wine.
If you've got the time - and it's worth making time - you can sample Coffee Hit's bottomless filtered brew. Buy one, the top-ups are free and fabulous.
If shopping malls are becoming the centres of our lives, Coffee Hit at The Glen makes a very strong case for not resisting the trend. It's buzzy and smart, the staff are great, the food is yummy and the coffee is to die for.
Coffee Hit | The Glen
Review by Lynda | October 2018
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