Collective Espresso & Kitchen
3 Cookson Street
Camberwell VIC 3124
T: 03 9882 8995
Pretty good - prefer the food to the coffee tho!
On weekday mornings the distracted train commuters hover while Mark takes the time to impart his worldly knowledge and opinions from behind the Synesso as he prepares their coffee – regularly varied Five Senses single-origin and house blends. They know what they’re doing with chai too, without a doubt the best around.
Duncan’s chalkboard of daily specials is a testament to his passion for beautiful, quality food and experimentation. Staples include hearty Bircher, avocado and feta mash, perfectly poached free-range eggs, four types of mushrooms in truffle oil, with thick sourdough or multigrain toast. It’s the attention to detail that differentiates and makes this place special.
Some places just get it all right. Once you discover Collective Espresso & Kitchen down by Camberwell station you’ll realise you’ve struck gold. The cohesive little team pumps out consistently good coffee, juices, meals and service. Their name reflects the collective minds and efforts of the owners, barista Mark Jacobson and chef Duncan McCance (both ex Las Chicas). The efficient wait staff warmly welcome you, ensuring you’re hydrated and provided a menu within moments of arriving. And if you come back, which you will, you can almost guarantee they’ll remember you and how you take your coffee.