Category Archives: Mulgrave
Centro Waverley Garden’s – near Target – Police Road, Mulgrave, VIC, 3170
Now despite this store not even being recognised on the official Gloria Jean’s Coffees Australia website – this was my local store for many years – with friendly staff always making consistently good coffee – trained by barrista extraordinare Calvin – formerly of the GJs on The Kingsway, Glen Waverley – now a national trainer. This place had the advantage of being the only recognised coffee place within walking distance of the college – at least until Stadium opened. It was great to return here on my recent trip and discover that nothing had changed [Hello, my name is Simon - and it has been three years since my last Wavos GJs coffee].
Latte Quality – Good – Excellent. Pretty much what you would expect.
Cost – $4.45 – for a regular take away cup – which is on the expensive side compared to other cafés but is consistent with GJs (other than at airports…)
Fair Trade – No – Rainforest Alliance Certified.
Venue Suitable for:
- Quiet Chat/Deep and Meaningful/Study and Reflection – I had used it for all of these purposes, being in a large open space at the quieter end of Waverley Gardens.
In the later part of my Melbourne years (Jan 2003-Dec 2007) this place became as much my local as did GJ’s over the hill – and again, it was probably just as much about the friendly staff as it was about the coffee – and the awesome fries with this addictive mayo kind of dipping sauce this – do you remember Jarrod? Well the friendly staff that I knew have gone [Jo] as has the dipping sauce [although that did disappear while I was still there - which brought an end to weekly sessions and sent us looking elsewhere] but it is still the closest Café to the College (at least until the Tabor one is fully operational) and so while I was there for a week’s study – we had to get a ‘real’ coffee.
Latte Quality – Good – Excellent. I had a couple of cups from here – all takeaway, so it largely depended upon the barrista.
Cost – $4.50 – for a large take away cup.
Coffee Supplier – Vittoria Coffee
Fair Trade – No mention in the café nor on the website – however Vittoria do have one variety which is Rainforest Alliance Certified.
Venue Suitable for:
- Quiet Chat/Deep and Meaningful/Study and Reflection – During the daylight hours definitely - I used to meet here weekly for peer mentoring, and there was generally a quiet table to be found somewhere – either inside or out. It you are tragically a Hawthorn Fan [Peter] , this is the place to come to watch the boys run around on the training ground. The Stadium Café Bar & Lounge is in the only remaining part of the old VFL Ground known as Waverley (aka Arctic) Park – for South Australia readers – just think Football Park, as they were almost identical in design and construction.