There’s something refreshing about new coffee shops, especially when old spaces are ‘born again’. That’s so in the case of Hymn Coffee, a fresh new take on an espresso bar nestled within sight of the highway on a corner of Kennedy Drive, Tweed.
Kaycee and Kelly Hapi, who are southern end of the coast dwellers, opened Hymn at the start of 2018, bringing it back to bare bones concrete, removing the ceiling to gain height, bringing the focus down off the black-painted roof with white hexagonal tiles, scandi-blonde wood tables and stools, shelves of greenery and ‘those flowers’.
If its pristine white on concrete is not enough confirmation of its raw purity, then look up to the everlasting flower installation hanging from the ceiling. There is your ‘bridal’ beauty, the tribute offered to the Maker for the harvest of food and beverage served in the café.
Serving coffee from South Melbourne’s St Ali, they’ve chosen the Orthodox Blend, their ‘third wave’ take on a classic Italian espresso to satisfy patrons who drink their coffee white. Salvatore Malatesta’s St Ali is known not only for its single-origin coffee (grown in a single geographic region), but also single-estate (harvested on a single farm) and even micro-lot coffee! (We’re talking coffee as one would talk wine!)
For coffee aficionados, Hymn will become part of their daily ritual. For innocents, of course, who just want their ‘cup of joe’, Hymn’s a perfectly pleasant hangout, worth visiting for the food alone!
On a short menu of nine items, there still seems to be plenty of choice. (Plenty actually, given the quality of food and the size of the kitchen!)
There’s the scope to go as simple (and as inexpensive) as you like, from Eggs on toast ($10) or Avocado hummus ($12) to the ‘Hapi Days’ toasted sanga or Nan’s garden bowl.
We settle for the Hawker Roll – roti wrapped around bacon and eggs dressed with Mum’s apple sauce, crispy onions, greens and condensed milk mayo (in two sizes at $11 or $18), the Asian-fusion Green Omelette – laced with zucchini, ricotta and parmesan and topped with gin-cured salmon, capers and mint basil gremolata (the menu tops out at $18), and the Corn Cart – fluffy gluten-free corn fritters served with two poached eggs, corn salsa, house-made cottage cheese, greens and sides of pickled green chilli and sauce ($15).
Doesn’t a great homemade sauce make the dish! It certainly does at Hymn, especially when paired with house-made cottage cheese, house ferments, and the best seasonal produce and artisanal products available – heirloom vegetables, Jack Sprat’s bacon and OMG… Whittaker’s dark chocolate!
Home grown, grounded, quirky and Kiwi-inspired with just the right touch of difference, Hymn, like a beautiful song, draws us into the community. Why would we want to be anywhere else!
Shop 24, 99 Kennedy Dr, Tweed Heads NSW 2485
Open: Mon – Sun 6am – 2pm