MELBOURNE | It’s not hard to find an excellent cup of coffee in Melbourne, and anyone starting a new coffee focused venue in this city has their work cut out for them if they want to stand out.
I visited North Melbourne’s Path for What’s On Melbourne the other day, and left with a lot of respect for what owners and couple Ash and Josh are doing there. Both are experienced baristas, having worked in Melbourne and, in Josh’s case, Berlin, and wanted to do something different in this city.
At Path, the focus is very much on the coffee. Black coffee, filter and espresso, to be precise. The small space is focused around the long, open bar in which all of the coffee equipment is installed. It’s designed to encourage customers to take a seat at the bar and watch their coffee being made, all while chatting to Josh or Ash about the coffee. The menu is designed to visually showcase what makes each particular bean and brew method special, in a way that aims to encourage customers to try something new. It evoked memories of my last trip to Japan, when I visited the wonderful Koffee Mameya.
When I popped in it was Ash behind the bar. I was early and had a bit of time to kill, so was able to hang around for a while and have a good chat. Ash has a wealth of coffee knowledge, with a passionate enthusiasm that shines through.
Ahs and Josh do some small scale roasting of beans themselves at a nearby roastery, and also source unique coffees from roasters around the world. I sampled a brilliant pour over made using coffee from a Barcelona based roaster (the name of which escapees me), that used beans from an all female coffee growing collective in Myanmar. How good is that.
There’s a small food menu. A small selection of cakes and pastries from Mörk, plus a couple of sandwiches and toasties made to order.
Exceptional coffee, passionate and friendly service, with a dash of theatre. Path is definitely one to visit if you’re a coffee lover in Melbourne.
362 Victoria Street
Thu – Tue: 9:00am to 4:00pm