IT'S a case of keeping it all in the family with Gerrick Numan's latest venture.
His first Armadale cafe was named after his grandfather, Willim, and Prahran's Hobba pays homage to his dad. An old tyre garage was given an early retirement and a trendy cafe with bare brick walls, exposed beams and raw timber with third-wave coffee and edgy food was born.
Numan and partners - chef Josh Powell (formerly of Vue de Monde, Circa and The Fat Duck in Britain) and Simon McNamara (the brains behind Grill'd and Wicked with Chocolate) - wanted to find a beautiful space close to their homes.
''We were looking for somewhere that didn't have a cool place to hang out,'' Numan says.
''We wanted to create a local hangout again but step it up a little from Willim.'' Hobba has been busy since it opened in July. There are some serious coffee options and Powell has created an interesting menu sourcing quality Victorian produce such as Green eggs, Warialda Belted Galloway beef, Glenloth chicken and Myrtleford butter. Numan's interest in coffee means there is a strong focus on the bean at Hobba. Coffee is sourced from Five Senses roasters and there is a choice of two espresso coffees, a seasonal blend comprising Colombian, Costa Rican and New Guinean beans, and a yirgacheffe single-origin from Ethiopia. Coffee geeks can choose from four filter coffees that include Panama geisha, Tanzanian mshikamano, Kenyan karatina and Brazil sertaozinho.
Barista Alan Huang takes charge of the $25,000 Synesso Hydra and there's an Uber Boiler for filter coffees, which are made using a Clever Coffee Dripper, a one-cup filter with a valve, or an Aeropress, a type of plunger with a filter. The ever-popular latte comes silky-smooth with bright caramel tones. Having recently undertaken a coffee roasting course with American consultant Tracy Allen, Numan is keen to start his own roastery in one of the boxed spaces in the new year.
''It takes a long time to do coffee roasting well; it's similar to being a chef,'' he says.
The most popular dishes on Powell's menu include the Warialda Belted Galloway beef burger and chickpea fritters with hummus, plus there are gluten-free options such as braised lamb neck.
Numan hopes to trade at nights in summer.
The front doors open up (a better idea in summer than winter), wooden booths are the most comfortable seating and communal tables are in demand, as are the children's blackboard and chairs.
Cafe Hobba coffee + kitchen
Where 428 Malvern Road, Prahran, 9510 8336
When Daily, 7am-5pm
How much $3.50 regular coffee, $5 filtered coffee
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- 9510 8336
- Prices - $9.50-$19.80
- Cards accepted - Mastercard, Visa, EFTPOS
- Opening Hours - Daily, 7am-5pm
- Author - Mary O'Brien