After fire tore through Pilgrim Coffee in 2018, gutting the 200-year-old heritage building, the iconic Hobart café has reopened its doors. Read more
Clove Café in Tasmania has passed through several hands since opening in 2014, with each owner adding something new to the café. Read more
“Bear with me” is a phrase that comes up often is hospitality, and Alicia Liu and Viv Xiao felt it was the right tongue-in-cheek message to send when they opened their second café.
“We were known for creating Vilicia Coffee [our first café], but going into a residential area and opening up a whole kitchen with food service was relatively new to us,” Alicia says. Read more
The greater Kingston area has one of the fastest growing populations in Tasmania. Despite its growth, Sam Whang-Randall, Owner of Maxie Coffee, says until recently, the area’s specialty coffee scene was virtually non-existent. Read more
As busy office workers in Hobart rush to start their day, there is one place they know they can stop for quality coffee and breakfast on the go.
Vilicia Coffee, the first child of founders Alicia Liu and Viv Xiao, has been a Murray Street staple since its arrival in 2014. While their second creation, Bear With Me, is a place to sit back and relax, Vilicia Coffee has a different dynamic that suits its CBD location. Read more
Beginning as a pre-packaged meal service aimed at fitness enthusiasts, Meal Machines near Hobart puts an emphasis on fresh and healthy food. It combines this with a play centre to accommodate parents.
“I’ve created an environment that’s quite holistic,” Meal Machines Director Chris Thurlow says. “You can come in with your kids and have a coffee while they play, or go to the gym and relax afterwards with a coffee, whole fruit smoothie, or acai bowl.” Read more
Since taking over Inside Café two and a half years ago, Anna Gebka has grown the small business into a Launceston CBD hotspot.
“The original owner had created an amazing space and it was great to add the touches required from being an operator,” Anna says.
“Now we’ve established a new customer base, our reviews have gone up, we’re impressing tourists, and getting good feedback on our coffee, food, and service.”Read more
Grant Muir is a saviour to the local tradies of Sorell. He’s up at 4am each day to open the doors to Velvet at 5am, ready to provide the mass of early risers with their first – and much needed – caffeine fix of the day. “The traffic going into the city is so bad that lots of rural residents try to beat the rush and leave for work earlier,” Grant says. Read more
On the ground floor of the Queen Victoria Tower in Launceston is the aptly titled Tower Café. The former hospital now privately-owned building holds memories for many Launceston locals, including café co-owner Richard Schindler who was born in the building. Now, he helps run the busy downstairs café. Read more
Hospitality runs in the blood of the Knezevic family.
“I remember working afternoons and nights at my parents’ café while I was doing TAFE and my sister was at college,” says Co-Owner Elissa. “I was studying fashion but there weren’t many opportunities for that career path in Tasmania and the study took the passion out of i. But it didn’t take my passion out of coffee.”
Elissa’s family took over Island Espresso in 1999 and it’s been operating through various members of her family from the past 17 years, including her parents and brother. Now it’s her turn, which she’s been operating with the aid of her sister for the past six years.
“What’s not to love about coffee? I enjoy giving my customers the very first coffee of the day. So many of our regular customers get off morning buses or park their cars looking a little worse for wears until they visit us for a coffee. To see the joy such a simple thing can give them is really self motivating,” Elissa says.
Island Espresso is located just a few blocks off the business district of Hobart or as Elissa describes it the “uptown of Elizabeth Street” for those who relate to Melbourne. It is surrounded by small office blocks, shops and soon to be a 480-university-accommodation block.
The café itself is located in a 1834 building, which was one of the first commercial properties in Hobart.
“It’s got a lovely country cottage feel. We’ve used lots of brick and wood in our design, with vintage features from jars to images, books and music. And outside, my sister’s love of succulents shines through,” Elissa says.
Elissa is in charge of the coffee making on her La Marzocco Linea while sister Marina Knezevic is the baking master.
“We have a great relationship. Our parents raised us with a close sense of family, and now we’re literally as close as we can be working in the same café each day,” she says.
Island Espresso serves locally roasted Zimmah Coffee’s Devil and the Deep blend for milk based coffees. “It is very palatable. It has caramel, nutty, buttery and complexity with a nice acidity,” Elissa says.
Zimmah’s Tattooed Nun blend is also available. “This has fruit acidity, and is strong and punchier, which I love as a long black or espresso,” she says.
Cold drip is served in vintage bottles over ice, with a Mexican Finca Kassandra available at time of print.
Marina is kept busy baking delicious treats in-house daily. Her almond croissants and friands with lemon and rhubarb are popular favourites, as is the Cuban toastie. Breakfast and lunch are served daily.
“Hospitality is hard work. It’s physically and mentally challenging. People expect a lot from us, and so do we,” Elissa says. “In the last five years the cafés in Hobart have tripled. The café culture has grown and the standard has increased all over, which is great for the entire industry here.”