What happens when an engineer and an event manager open a cafe? If The Odd Room is anything to go by, you get a specialty cafe pumping out breakfast, lunch and coffee Monday through Friday.
The Odd Room is a debut hospitality venture for hardworking couple, Andrew Affandi and Yuko Marcos. While the pair both have Indonesian heritage, they met in Australia, fell in love and in 2014, decided to open a cafe together. Despite having limited hospitality experience Andrew and Yuko wanted to serve specialty coffee and delicious fare to bayside residents.
The name was inspired by the cafe’s unique location – surrounded by mechanics and panel beaters it truly is the odd one out in the neighbourhood. Andrew and Yuko were also inspired by the persistence of historical figures like Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs who refused to give up on their dreams, no matter how odd.
The duo project-managed and built The Odd Room from an empty warehouse to create an industrial style cafe, decorated with copper light fittings, mint walls and timber accents. Melbourne designers, Archestral Designs and Moth Design, oversaw the fit-out and have created a chic, welcoming and light-filled space.
Andrew and Yuko share the role of Head Barista; watching the duo churn out a full range of espresso, cold drip and filter coffees at impressive speed, you would never guess that they have only been making coffee for a few years.
The not-so-secret ingredient behind their delicious creations is the use of Zest coffee beans. Zest is a Melbourne-based roaster with a dedication to creating coffee beans with distinguished characteristics. Each blend and single origin boasts its own unique colour, aroma and flavour and tells a story of where it came from.
The weapon of choice for milk-based coffee is a custom blend from Colombia, Tanzania, Costa Rica and Ethiopia. The unique blend takes the senses on a journey, with hints of caramel, bursts of zest and a buttery finish. You can also explore the flavours of Guatemala, Ethiopia and Sumatra through the regularly changing single origin beans, courtesy of Zest.
The friendly team at The Odd Room also serves a selection of breakfast and lunch plates, perfect for pairing with the specialty brews on offer. The Hangover – house-made baked beans, smoked chorizo, bacon, pork and fennel sausage, potato rosti and fried eggs on toast will keep you going all day – long, while those with a sweet tooth will be delighted by the waffles topped with berry compote, chocolate shards and Nutella ice cream.
For their first hospitality venture, Andrew and Yuko have hit the nail on the head. This dream team has brought a slice of inner-city coffee culture to Cheltenham, serving specialty brews and premium fare to baysiders.