Over the course of their six years in business, Elementary Coffee’s city location grew to become an institute for all things good in the world of coffee. Their brews are known to be concocted with in-house roasted beans, and it’s no secret that the skilled baristas know a thing or two about pouring a balanced beverage. And now, a short distance west of the big smoke in the suburb of Torrensville, Elementary Coffee has opened their second cafe, and it’s glorious.
Simplicity goes a long way at Elementary’s new locale – where the combination of corrugated high ceilings, exposed beams, an open floor plan, and a central service bar where clutter is a distant memory makes for a pleasing visual affair.
The bright space is illuminated by the the Sun’s rays through the north and west facing windows which highlight Elementary’s pastel pink hues and brilliant white walls. The coffee pours glisten from behind the central island bench, where you can sneak a peak of the magic in the making.
Elementary Coffee owners, Brad Nixon and Carly Humphreys, employed the talents of designer, Rhea Koumi of Umoki Studio and furniture maker, Matt Pearson of MJP to bring their slick cafe to fruition. Take a red hot look.
Elementary Coffee Torrensville differs from the city store in more than just its aesthetic sense. The suburban cafe offers a more dining-focused concept, with the initiative to make a big chunk of the fare on-site; from hot sauce to sourdough breads, as well as all the cakes and biscuits.
The current breakfast and lunch menu lists:
- Eggs your way with sourdough
- House brekkie burger with fried duck egg, bacon, avocado, mayo, and warrigal greens
- Avo and pea toast with whipped feta, finger-lime, puffed black rice, and poached eggs
- Vegan scramble with local mushrooms, onion jam, charred greens and burnt shallot salt
- House-made waffles with lemon curd, seasonal fruit, and Davidson plum powder
- Aglio e olio with fermented garlic sauce, toasted breadcrumbs, and spaghetti
- Smash burger with American cheese, lettuce, onion jam, pickles, coffee BBQ sauce, and fries
- Persian feta chips with burnt shallot salt
- House salad with palm sugar vinaigrette and pickles shallots
The team are working on acquiring a liquor licence too – cocktails and wine are upon us.
When it comes to coffee, a 12-kilogram Probat roaster sits behind a huge glass pane towards the back of the cafe, where inquisitively gazing upon the bean roasting process is welcome, all while sipping on a cuppa of your own.
Following the roasting, either have your grounds filtered through the pour-over apparatus which offers a cleaner, smoother, and less acidic taste; or from the least affronting, most chic espresso machines imaginable. All in all, the final products are a thing of beauty.
Elementary Coffee lies at 2 Jervois Street, Torrensville, and trades from Tuesday through to Friday from 7:30am until 2:30pm, and weekends from 8am until 2pm.