Tell Henry takes the idea of combining coffee and design and strips away all else. A custom-built mesh screen is all that stands between the cafe and Rodeo Design’s office, where employees tap at their computers and brainstorm new brand identities.
The La Marzocco machine might even run off the residual creativity that radiates around the room. Tell Henry itself was born when landscape architect Sharon Mackay and partner Brad Bonar saw a gap in the market for a specialty coffee space in the industrial-turned-creative precinct of Kent Town.
The coffee comes from Melbourne’s Industry Beans, with the signature Fitzroy Blend used for milk coffees and a single origin for the black. You can also order a "Henry", which is the cafe’s version of a Magic – a double ristretto topped with milk and served in a small tulip cup.
The open space is kept that way by the lack of a kitchen, so food includes a small range of sandwiches and bagels, plus brownies, biscuits and cakes from Four Seeds.
The site was previously a mechanic’s garage (believable considering the dwarfing roller door) but the offbeat setting does well to create an open and relaxed environment that could nurture the formation of your next great idea.