‘There’s a coffee shop around the corner’ said the mechanic when we dropped our car in for a wheel alignment. Given we were in the light industrial wastelands of Mayne, I knew any coffee shop recommended was likely to be called Tuckerbox and serve fairly average coffee. Thankfully, I had done my due diligence and knew that hidden away in another corner of the suburb was a cafe and coffee shop that was much more in tune with my sensibilities. She Bangs Coffee. She Bangs indeed.
Located, as many coffee joints are nowadays, in a large warehouse space and former workshop, it’s been decorated with the requisite re-purposed furniture and street art. But there is something quirky and welcoming about She Bangs, rather than hipster and aloof. The cheery greeting when you enter is part of it. The full-scale Hills Hoist inside also helps. And, wonder of wonders, table service.
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One of the things you’ll notice about the menu is that the meals are named after Melbourne landmarks. ‘Hosier Lane’ beans and eggs w avocado, ‘Flinders Fritters’ zucchini & feta fritters and ‘The Degraves’ bacon & egg combo on brioche. Curious and perhaps a little puzzling until you realise that She Bangs is located on Collingwood St and serves coffee from Melbourne roasters, Genovese. Banging creativity!
The coffee on the day we visited was ‘Super Brazil’, a blend of 12 beans. Slightly sweet with medium acidity, it had a long finish and was equally enjoyable with milk and also as a long black. Though we had no intentions of eating, we ordered ‘The Whole Car’ two poached eggs and hollandaise on a bagel. It had everything you would expect from a standard Eggs Benedict but with additional deluxe inclusions of bacon and spinach yet it was only $14. A definite banging bargain. Even better, as the staff knew we were sharing, they had taken the time to divide the meal and serve it on two separate plates. Banging service!
She Bangs also provides a space for social enterprise business Pay A Sack Forward who assist homeless Australians by distributing survival sacks with basic toiletries, snack and food items. A donation of $5 = 1 sack. A worthwhile venture and way for She Bangs to give back to the community. Banging attitude!
Lest you be too judgey of me, upon collecting the car, I noted the cafe recommended by the mechanic was called ‘The Boss Takeaway’. I rest my Banging case!