Coffee with a Passion- Ascent Coffee in Boronia
A new coffee shop opened in April 2019 in the midst of the COVID -19 pandemic. At first only take-aways were allowed, but finally the coffee shop opened its doors for sit down meals and drinks in December 2019. The owners are Alex and Anastasia Alexeenko who are originally from Uzbekistan which was formerly part of the Soviet Union. However, this is where he first met his wife as a teenager in the Baptist Church.
Anastasia had left Uzbekistan with her mother first in the late 90s and they settled in their first home in Forest Road. She went to Boronia Heights Secondary College. Alex’s mother-in-law, Vera Astretskaya, was a Master of Sport coach in diving for the Soviet Union. When she arrived, the Ringwood Diving Club offered her employment so she could stay in Australia. Later she worked at Knox Leisure Centre and local child care centres. Alex says with great affection that, “The best memories we have of our new life in Australia are all in our hearts, we have found the Australian people to be very kind, polite, approachable and friendly.”
Alex tells me excitedly that, “When I found an advert about a coffee shop in Boronia I was very excited because I have a passion for coffee and love serving people. I love learning from the people I serve about Australia. I can offer good quality coffee, delicious cakes and Russian desserts. One is called, “Drunken Sour Cherry.” You have to try it to believe it. Our Russian pies with raspberries and other assorted berries including sour cherries are here for you to try.”
So, come and enjoy our coffee. We are looking forward to meeting you and learning more from you about Australia.
Anastasia Alexeenko and Lynette Hayhurst
Ascent Coffee-Business Address 2/163 Boronia Rd, Boronia
Phone 8201 7223 also on Facebook and Instagram