INI coffee is another all-white space coffee shop in Collingwood by Kiyong Jung. It’s the second cafe opened by Kiyong, with the first one INI Studio being located in Carlton. I had a chance to visit while cafe hopping around Fitzroy with Meg, and this place shows the level of detail and care put into every aspect of the space. The clean lines and minimalist aesthetic was so pleasing, I couldn’t help but take photos for the blog!
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Location / How To Get There
INI Coffee is the latest coffee shop to open in Melbourne’s Collingwood neighbourhood, and it’s already making a name for itself. Strategically located in the corner of Langride St & Smith St, also just down the road from Calēre, INI Coffee is definitely a welcomed addition to the community.
To get there from the CBD, take tram 86 from Bourke St and hop off at Smith St/Gertrude St. You’ll be able to see the shop through the glass window, and you’ll notice its all white interior when you approach it.
INI Coffee’s atmosphere is similar to its predecessor, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It boasts an all-white interior, with white cubes and rectangular pieces serving as both seats and tables. The sleek coffee bar faces you, and art pieces from Wet Areas adorn the walls (which you can purchase). Everything combines makes the space feel modern yet chill and inviting.
Size wise, INI Coffee, can comfortably host 25 people in two different rooms. The main seating area in the front accommodates fit 12 people with ease, and overlooks the coffee bar as well as the busy road of smith street. For those who desire more privacy, the back room holds around 13 people and provides a secluded, more intimate setting.
At INI Coffee, they offer an impressive pour over filter coffee selection by Five Senses (Australia) & Momos Coffee (South Korea), as well as house blend for white coffee, matcha and sparkling on tap. You can also enjoy delicious pastries from Söt by Mörk here, including their famous Cinnamon Bun & the Gluten Free Florentine which would be a perfect pair to your coffee. And if you’re looking for something more substantial, they have a few savoury sandwich selections from Via Porta too.
At the time of our visit, I ordered a citrus long black while my friend, Meg, had the pour over coffee from Five Senses. Though she enjoyed her coffee, unfortunately the citrus long black didn’t do it for me. The flavour wasn’t what I was expecting and just not on par to my liking despite being a big fan of citrusy filter coffees and sweet iced lattes. I was fairly surprised myself.
But I could still see how this drink still has its way to get to people’s heart. It’s icy & refreshing, perfect for a summery drink. I would love to know what you guys think about it if you’ve tried it before. Let me know in the comments!
Overall, If you’re ever in the Collingwood area, I would definitely recommend INI Coffee to anyone who is looking for a great cup of coffee or a quick bite to eat. The shop has a cozy atmosphere, the baristas are super friendly and the coffees are brewed beautifully, make it the perfect place to relax with friends or get some work done.
- INI Coffee
- Mon – Fri : 07:00 AM – 04:00 PM
- Sat – Sun : 09:00 AM – 04:00 PM
- Type : Coffee Shop
- Price : $$
- Coffee : Yes
- Alcohol : No
- Dessert : Yes (Pastry)
- Indoor Capacity : +-25
- Outdoor Capacity : +-5
- RSVP : Walk-in Only
- Waiting Time : 5 minutes
- Toilet : Yes
- Wifi : Not sure