There’s a laneway on Murray Street that runs down the side of Classic Shopfitters. Unless you’re in retail, or it’s on your daily walking route, you’ve probably never noticed it. At its end is a coffee roaster and café.
Zimmah Coffee has been there a few years now, shortly after it expanded to a simple café.
Their main game is wholesale coffee, but there is plenty of passing retail roasted coffee trade too. They also stock coffee making supplies.
The Two Girls caught up for Friday lunch in their café. The menu is easy-peasy, there’s a few sandwiches made of panini or croissant, a couple of boutique soft drinks, biscuits from Island Café, chocolate treats from Sweet Envy and of course, their coffee.
We chose the croissant with basil pesto, sundried tomatoes and mozzarella, $7 and the toasted panini with avocado, sundried tomatoes and mozzarella, $8.50.
We chased the sandwiches down with the shared Sweet Envy salted caramel tart.
Zimmah is a little enclave. What it lacks in natural light, it makes up for in comfortable seating, bar tables, a chesterfield, recycled cable coils and the like. Tall columns of books set the beatnik scene.
It’s a place for stopping in on the way by or for a quiet coffee if you fancy scribbling out a few lines of verse. And you know there’ll be something inexpensive to eat too.
You can find Zimmah at 291B Murray Street, Hobart, down the laneway beside Class Shopfitters.