322 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, 3122. Ph: 9819 0093
Coffee: Axil Coffee
Roaster on site: It is called Axil Coffee ROASTERS isn't it?
Machine: La Marzocco
Melbourne's newest coffee roaster has opened today ( I know, im such an early adopter) in the good old commercial precinct of Burwood Rd, Hawthorn. Axil coffee has been the worst kept secret in the industry for a while now and this latest offering from David Makin and Zoe Delaney was already a winner before it's doors even opened. Twitter has been abuzz for a while and the fact that this area (filled to the brim with commercial office buildings and residential towers) is starving for some good coffee means that success should be a sure thing for the Axil team. And from what I saw today, I wasn't wrong. For a first day it was pretty damn busy. The first thing you will notice is that the place is massive. The canteen-like layout allows for shit loads of tables and shit loads of tables it has.
The roaster sits in the back room, visible through a strip of glass. I like that the roaster is visible, but would have loved for it to be incorporated more into the design. (i know it's not practical, but i don't care)
The design is quite nice, but also expected: polished concrete, plywood tables, hanging cage lights etc. It ticks all the boxes of a Melbourne warehouse-style cafe.
Now, this isn't a bad thing, as the standards for a Melbourne cafe are quite high, but i would have loved to see something a little more different. However, one thing that is different compared to most of the other roasters is that they have a huge kitchen with a big f*** off menu.
This is not just a wraps and bircher cafe. They have a kick-arse all day breakfast, lunch, rolls, cakes, you name it. And going by the chorizo and egg roll that I devoured, im guessing that every dish is as extremely delicious.
And for all you pork-belly snobs out there, yes they also have a pork belly dish on the menu.
Now to the most important part. The coffee. Opening up a roastery is in Melbourne is a big deal, and if you dont get it right, you will most certainly be chased by pitchfork wielding hipsters. So, does Axil get it right? Well, considering that I (cruelly) came here on opening day, usually filled with Murphy's law moments, im going to say that they have got it right. I ordered a double ristretto, but was advised that the ristretto's weren't coming up too well today and that i should opt for a double espresso instead,
so I did and it came to me in the form of a dark, rich extraction that was just sublime.
(however it did lack that depth that a double ristretto usually gives me, but considering it was opening day, ill let the no ristretto fly).
Next up was a latte, constructed of velvety milk and a dark chocolate flavours. It was a very nice latte indeed, in fact I probably enjoyed the latte more than the espresso, but I have been in a milky mood of late.
Overall the coffee at Axil is very good. And considering the paint was still wet, I can only imagine that on second and third visits it is only going to keep getting better. And I will definitely be going back.
They also have what seems to me will be a very thourough retail section. Although it was not completely ready for opening day, It looks to be quite big and from what i can see will be very impressive when ready, and should cater for all your coffee needs.
If you work in the area, Axil Coffee Roasters should automatically become your default coffee choice starting now. No ifs, buts or whats.