Khona, Victoria's trendsetting café that combines superior quality products with socially responsible practices. We offer premium estate, shade-grown, bird friendly, fair trade coffee of the highest quality beans along with a large variety of custom blended teas. Our menu includes innovative lunch items with an Asian flair like sushi as well as a variety of wraps, sandwiches, and soups.
I like near the Cook St village and have yet to find a satisfying barrista experience. Sure, Starbucks and Serious give the expected standards - but I'm talking out of an independent outfit that approaches coffee from the perspective of artistry and not just as a business. Yes, I know about the Cafe Fantastico in the Cook St Village - but it doesn't compare to the original on Kings (great coffee there). Mocha House and Bubby Rose's have entirely failed me for coffee (although Bubby Rose is a fantastic bakery).
I've walked by Khona so many times over the years - but have always had somewhere to go that took priority to taking 5-10 minutes to see what it was about. Finally, I have perspective and am happy to report I've found some decent coffee and even better tea that's close to home.
The "Afrikhona" was smooth and silky with the right punch of coffee. Aside from Cafe Fantastico on Kings and Habit on Pandora - so many coffee houses simply come up short - making this drink seemed watery and weak. The notes detected in the coffee make me look forward to trying it neat as an espresso.
Their tea, however - is most excellent. They steep it for you because different teas require different brewing techniques - so you'll get a perfect cup of tea every time. I'm not sure who their source is for tea, but they're definitely doing it right.
They also sell Mattcha drinks, so they'll be having more than a few visits out of me in the future. That they are on the way to my work from Cook St. village only bodes well for them.
If, like me, you've passed by Khona a million times - take my advice and take the time to check it out someday.