Originally published on Broadsheet.
A hole-in-the-wall cafe opens up, with discounts for students and police.
“We’re all about the stuff that cops love best; coffee and doughnuts,” says Nick Foley, the owner of Cop Shop Espresso. It’s a stereotype, yes – and an American one at that – but at this new Hawthorn hole-in-the-wall, Victorian police will get their coffee for free.
Cop Shop, a few steps from Glenferrie Railway Station, is attached to Foley’s pizza-slinging pub Holy Moly, meaning it’s also licensed. Those returning home from long day of work or study can pick up an Irish coffee from Cop Shop, too.
Foley is familiar with the area, and also wanted to open up something that caters to students from nearby Swinburne University. Coffee for students is $3 here; for everyone else, it’s $3.50 for a regular.
“We’re offering a quick spot you can pick up a coffee and a snack before or after school, university or work,” says Foley.
Coffee beans come from Melbourne roaster Niccolo. Doughnuts come from Niddrie’s Patisserie by Raf, with fillings such as jam and passionfruit curd. You’ll also find the classic rings topped with chocolate icing and rainbow sprinkles.
Milkshakes come in Nutella, peanut-butter chocolate, jersey caramel, strawberry cheesecake, or lime flavours, and you can make them vegan with almond milk or soy.
The coffee bar has limited outside seating outside – a single bench backed up against a wall that will be updated every few months with a mural by a different artist. A colourful piece by Melbourne-based artist Marcos Diaz is first up.
Cop Shop Espresso
660A Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
(03) 9818 3880
Mon to Fri 7am–5.30pm
Photography: Jake Roden