An exceptional donut makes me happy, however an exceptional donut served with some damn fine specialty coffee takes me to a whole other place. It’s not often the two go hand in hand, yet that’s exactly what you’ll get when you hit up Melbourne’s Shortstop Coffee and Donuts.
After beginning life as an engineer, owner Anthony Ivey went in search of a more creative outlet and stumbled straight into the world of specialty coffee. He spent time with some of the big names in the Melbourne scene, brands Seven Seeds, Auction Rooms and Market Lane, before deciding to open his own space. And what a space it is.
Following a lengthy reconnaissance mission through the USA and Canada, Anthony and pastry chef business partner Sinye Ooi honed their recipes to the point of perfection before finally opening the doors to Shortstop in September 2014 amid a social-media frenzy. Gorgeous Victorian Ash woodwork and white tiles are complemented perfectly by the simple yet bold branding. Maybe it’s the engineering background, or perhaps it’s just an innate desire to do things properly, either way this shop is run like a precision machine. There’s a place and a process for everything – and there needs to be, with Shortstop selling around 1000 donuts a day. That’s not to say this space lacks heart, there’s an awful lot of love that goes into each and every donut. The cruller is a crowd favourite (a hand-piped choux pastry base producing a lightly crisped donut topped with local honey and sea salt) but I couldn’t go past the Maple Walnut and Brown Butter raised donut. Flavour filled and texturally epic.
Coffee is certainly not an afterthought at Shortstop, just like their donuts everything is dosed and dialled properly. There’s a Market Lane house blend along with and an ever-rotating batch of filter brews available. They recently had a drop of Switch Coffee all the way from Tokyo, so it’s worth keeping an eye on their Instagram to see what’s on the shelves as it never lasts long.
Shortstop might be just that – a short stop in your busy day, but trust me, it’s one worth making.
Shortstop Coffee and Donuts
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12 Sutherland St
Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday – Sunday 9:30am – 4:30pm
Contact: +61 2 9698 8448
Website: http://www.short-stop.com.au (online orders available)
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