For many, a first visit to Pilgrim Coffee might feel a little more Melbourne than Hobart. From the exposed brick walls and timber ceiling to the singleorigin blends and glorious aromas, there’s no question why Pilgrim is considered a market leader in Tasmania’s specialty coffee scene.
Pilgrim is the brainchild of Tasmania’s coffee king, Will Priestley. The local baristaturned- entrepreneur took over the 1830s sandstone space in 2010, marking the first of his many hospitality ventures. Since opening Pilgrim, Will has taken the CBD by storm with his loyal approach to specialty coffee, local produce and good service. True to its name, Pilgrim represents the idea of a journey to a sacred place, and focuses on sustaining both locals and visitors on their adventures around this beautiful state.
Several coffee origins are offered daily: not only the house blend, but also multiple rotating single origins sourced from across the globe. Melbourne’s Sensory Lab takes care of the house blend, while single origins are sourced from top Australian roasters such as Proud Mary, Marvell Steet, Small Batch and Acoffee. Whatever brew you opt for, prepare for not just optimal flavour, but photo-worthy presentation. Will didn’t rank second in the 2012 World Latte Art Championships for nothing.
Peckish? Counter your coffee with a bite to eat from Pilgrim’s all-day menu. Pilgrim’s chef team has curated a well-rounded menu that capitalises on the incredible Tasmanian resources right at the cafe’s doorstep. From free-range meats to fresh fruit and vegetables, you can munch away in the knowledge that everything on your plate is from around the corner. The coconut tapioca porridge is a winner, served with blackberry jam, toasted coconut and lemon crumb. Wash it down with a cold pressed juice built just for you, with apple, raspberry, coconut, beetroot, ginger and lime among the blitz-worthy options. For something sweeter, treat yourself to cocoa waffles served warm with peanut butter ice cream, dulce de leche and chopped banana.
Lunch options include the utterly nourishing and wholly satisfying Middle Eastern grain bowl, with chickpeas, quinoa, tabouli, pickled cauliflower and charred eggplant, all drizzled in house-made tahini. A small selection of Tasmanian beers and ciders are also on offer.
Whether you’re seeking al fresco dining along the CBD’s busy Argyle Street or a cosy table for two, Pilgrim Coffee has a little something-something for everyone.