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All Are Welcome

A Northcote bakery pairing specialty coffee with Czech honey cakes and Spanish spiral pastries.
By Tom Clift
June 29, 2017
By Tom Clift
June 29, 2017

The team at Everyday Coffee is getting into the pastry game, with the opening of a brand new bakery cafe on High Street in Northcote. The invitingly named All Are Welcome is a collaborative effort between Everyday's Mark Free and Aaron Maxwell, and Californian baker and pastry chef Boris Portnoy. Carbs and caffeine? Sounds damn good to us.

Just don't expect anything half-arsed or run-of-the-mill. Portnoy has crafted a menu packed to the brim with lesser-known baked-goods, including medovnik (Czech honey cakes), ensaïmada (Spanish spiral pastries) and khachapuri (a savoury cheesy bread from the Republic of Georgia). This is in addition to a number of tarts and tartines, and sourdough, rye and heritage grain breads.

The pastries are paired with Everday's menu of espresso and batch brewed coffees. "We're looking forward to presenting outstanding coffee and pastry together in a context where one or the other is so often an obligatory side note," said Free.

They're selling a wide range of roasted coffee and brewing accessories, along with cheeses, chutneys, pickles and house-made preserves straight from the All Are Welcome larder.

Located directly opposite Northcote Town Hall, All Are Welcome is housed in what was once a Christian Science Reading room, which Portnoy says has influenced the décor. "I'd like to be playful with making the bakery 'cult-like' through recycling the altar and pews from the church, the lighting, and the graphic identity," he said.

Images: Christian Capurro.

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