ST. ALi set for take-off at Melbourne Airport

The sky’s the limit for much-loved coffee institution ST. ALi as it prepares to land its latest store in the international terminal of Melbourne Airport this Easter.

The pioneering Melbourne coffee company and iconic cafe will take pre-flight coffee and eats to new heights when it opens a cafe on April 18 in the international departures lounge, open around the clock from 5AM to 1AM each day.

ST. ALi’s Salvatore Malatesta is guiding a skilled team of coffee-makers, designers, and creatives in launching the new cafe, and said the coffee and food on offer would be sure to create a buzz.

“I believe there is a certain stigma attached to airport dining as sometimes quick, packaged, and simple,” he said. “Anyone who has experienced one of ST. ALi’s cafes knows our food and coffee is oozing with passion and flavour—and is anything but simple. We have an entire creative team centred solely around the creation of our menu, and it’s not your regular, old recipe-testing process. Our chefs are artists and the food they create is sculpted with incredible passion and skill.”

The menu will be uniquely Melbourne, scrapping the standard sandwich and average cup-a-joe often anticipated at airport terminals in favour of dishes such as cheeseburger salads, and golden syrup and cinnamon, sugar-soaked French toast.

According to ST. ALi’s Culinary Director of Food, Daniel ‘Dobbers’ Dobra, the menu will be a mix of ST ALi’s most comforting classics such as the ‘My Mexican Cousin’ breakfast burrito and modern delights such as the ‘Saints Chia Pot’, featuring coconut and maple-soaked chia seeds. And it wouldn’t be a ST. ALi breakfast without favourites like poached eggs and smashed avo..

“This menu is a snapshot of Melbourne’s epic coffee culture,” said Dobbers. “And I put all of myself into the food I create. It’s a reflection of Melbourne but also a reflection of me. I’d like to think if this menu was a person, they would be a funny, light-hearted, and jovial character.”

The ST. ALi signature coffee blends that have filled Melburnian cups for over a decade will be available in-store, in both silky latte form and take-away retail bags. The cafe will also stock St ALi’s instant coffee blends in new 7-day and 30-day calendar-style travel packs, featuring the Wide Awake blend on weekdays, and more fruity flavours for relaxation and enjoyment on the weekends. All ST. ALi apparel and merchandise will also be available for purchase in-store.

In addition to the large team of creatives behind the food and coffee, JCB architects and designers have worked on the spatial construction of the uniquely Melbourne-style space.

“The design of the store is really trying to capture the organic ‘found’ and bespoke aesthetic of ST. ALi South Melbourne, to leave travellers with a real taste of the rich Melbourne coffee scene,” said designer and senior partner at JCB, Alison Palmer.

Featuring a more refined version of the rawness of the original warehouse cafe, ST. ALi International Terminal features aged brass, fine detailing, and elaborate Pilbara-style marble.

The only drawback – travellers won’t want to leave!