Commonfolk is located in a former limestone manufacturing warehouse, 57 kilometers away from Melbourne’s CBD. This much loved spot opened in an industrial estate on Australia day back in 2013; a most uncommon site for a cafe in this seaside town.
Inside this large shed you will find lots of recycled timber benches and communal tables, a roaster in the back corner, and a collective of local artists displaying their wares. Which brings me to the meaning behind the name- In a nutshell, Commonfolk reflects owner Sam Kecks philosophy; that being a common space for folks to enjoy great coffee, art, and a sense of community. I met their director of coffee, Ryan Toleman, back in 2013, and quickly discovered his passion for coffee. With his team, Ryan has since launched ‘The Cup That Counts’ charity, which was designed to advance sustainability in Uganda’s coffee industry. Their hard work has not only paid off in the developing world, but back home they have recently been awarded the 2016 3AW & Momentum Energy Small Business Achievement Award for March.
Accolades and achievements aside, their coffee is what lured me back. Last time I was here, they had a Synesso on the counter. Today I noticed their brand new Black Eagle, which has been customised by Specht design. It boasts a matt black body, custom mesh drip tray and back panel with back lit eagle, and laser engraved burnt oak inserts. From this beast, they extract rotating single origin beans, and a ‘Karate Kid’ seasonal espresso blend; which is sweet and syrupy, with choc honeycomb tones. I ordered the Guatemala Finca Maravilla as a long black. This washed Bourbon/Caturra from the Huehuetenango region, had a cream body, with cranberry and orange highlights.
They have a team of chefs that have designed a generous menu. Breakfast options include Deconstructed smoothie bowls, Black Sticky Rice with brulee banana and coconut cream, and the Gravy train parmesan & chive French toast. The Lunch menu features Mama Roong’s baked lamb meatballs, Hipster Tabbouleh with red quinoa, chickpeas and kale, and the ‘Sammy the Crab’ tempura soft shell crab.
16 Progress St
Mornington VIC 3931