In an industrial backstreet just off Sydney Rd, at the bottom of the Nightingale Housing Precinct, there’s a tiny cafe doing some pretty interesting things.
The name is home.one. It’s a new micro-cafe, hardly more than a hole-in-the-wall really, which spills out onto Florence St via bench seats and old milk crates. You might recognize the guys behind the espresso machine—home.one is the first bricks and mortar venture from the team behind Crêpes For Change (Melbourne’s crêpe-making charity food cart) and the porridge maestros at Three Bears. The idea is super simple: a small, ethical cafe, whose profits go back to helping Melbourne’s homeless and hungry.
The team are committed to sustainable living too, which is why they run a reusable cup program using JOCO cups for a $10 deposit, and even throw in your first coffee for free. Speaking of coffee, home.one slings a Five Senses blend all day, plus an El Durazno peach filter. You can also grab a mean iced coffee, which comes foamed or filtered, depending on your preference.
Food-wise, the menu is deliberately stripped back. This place isn’t trying to be Long Story Short. In the morning you can get a bowl of porridge, granola or bircher, courtesy of Three Bears. Toasted just right and served up with fresh fruit and natural yoghurt. For lunch, think stuffed bagels, schmeared with a rotating variety of deliciousness. Just ask the guys what’s on the go today.
Of course the best bit about home.one is the mission. After basic staff costs and overheads, all profits go straight to youth homelessness and to feeding the 1 in 8 Australian children who go to school hungry every day, supporting charities such as Eat Up Australia and Launch Housing.
Image credit: Annika Kafcaloudis