South Yarra’s latest café is a stepping stone for the team behind it.
Clare Hu thought it was time she brought her hospitality and business prowess to South Yarra, having successfully opened cafes in Ashburton, and Sandringham. She’s teamed up with Timothy Sweet, former barista at Gold Coasts Base espresso, who recently moved to Melbourne to make headway in his quest to introduce the general public to specialty coffee, in an authentic fashion minus the jargon. The café is based on the ‘Stone’ philosophy: Seasonal, Traceable, Organic, Natural, and Ethical. It’s all about the produce, and exhibiting its inherent qualities. Coffee is ethically sourced, and roasted in-house, using techniques mainstream conventional methods. Similarly, the kitchen uses simple cooking methods, serving only honest food. The philosophy is, when food is of high quality, it speaks for itself, and need not be hidden beneath a veil of additives. They currently have a “Hey Stoner” toasted muesli bowl, served in half a coconut, with fresh seasonal fruits. The menu also offers Tamagoyaki, the Japanese omelette, and is made using eggs from KISS & RUN, a freer than free range regenerative farm. These guys don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk. One step at a time. Stepping Stone will open in stages, and is in this initial stage, coffee will be served from the front window, and there’s a few tables and stools in the street side patio. Butterbing have supplied them with a selection of sweet cookie sandwiches; while pet owners are afforded a pet patting service free of charge.
Coffee is extracted on a San Remo Opera espresso machine, and their current blend was made up of an Ethiopian Aricha, and two Kenyan beans. My espresso was balanced, with complex notes of berries, grape, and honey. They also have cold drip and filter coffee available, as well as tea.
Stepping Stone is set to reduce the confusion surrounding specialty coffee, and humbly serves as a conduit between farmers and consumers. Open daily from 7am to 4pm, come say hi to Lex, and the team.
68 River Street
South Yarra VIC 3141