Wild Timor Coffeehouse
This registered social enterprise delivers no-fuss brunch plates and ethically sourced coffee.
Founded in 2012 by a group of former soldiers, Coburg's Wild Timor is a cafe that serves both its local community, as well as the communities of coffee growers in Timor-Leste from which this cafe's beans are sourced.
There is, of course, a story here: the lads behind this Sydney Road spot were deployed to assist in peacekeeping during recent times of conflict in Timor-Leste. During their time in service, they developed close friendships with the local citizens — and a love for their coffee. With this in mind, they set out to provide a way to bring the product back home to Australia, while continuing to support the community they had grown to feel part of.
To this day, they continue to source beans at a fair price from their original suppliers. The beans themselves are endemic to Timor-Leste, and a delicious natural hybrid of arabica and robusta that offers notes of caramel, chocolate and cherry, with bright hints of citrus and a touch of rum-like sweetness to round it out.
The wholesome offer also expands to the food menu here, with a selection of more than serviceable brunch and lunch dishes — try the Timorese-style sweet and sour eggs, with a housemade sweet potato rosti, paired with tomato relish, spinach, coriander relish, Timorese chilli sauce and fried eggs.
Images: Julia Sansone