My husband Nick and I are no different, that's why I was delighted to be invited by Clay Bush the owner of Fayale Coffee (Fayale meaning Goat in Ethiopian) and The Goathouse Cafe Roastery to view their roasting process as well as make a custom blend of coffee to take home.
Clay also owns The Brown Cow in Hampton, The Fat Duck in Oakleigh as well as The Goathouse Cafe and Roastery in Elsternwick. Each cafe churns out around 600 to 800 takeaway coffees on a weekend. Not surprising numbers when you meet Clay who is passionate about coffee, taught himself to roast coffee beans in his loungeroom and is dedicated to a lifelong coffee education. His coffee is good!
Clay walked me through cupping, a process for testing coffee. Beans from different origins are selected, blended and placed in small cups. The cups are topped up with boiling water to form a crust. The crust is then broken with a spoon, sniffed then loudly slurped so it spreads to the back of the tongue. The taster is looking for elements of the coffees taste such as body, acidity, flavour and aftertaste. Aftertaste is important for espresso as if the blend has a bitter aftertaste it may stop the drinker having a second cup which affects sales, an important consideration when running a small business.
The Goathouse is a beautifully styled, large, cafe with a beautiful deck for eating outside on a sunny day. Something that caught my eye whilst there was a rolodex on the counter. It contained customer names and information on their preferred take home blend, a personalised touch I haven't seen elsewhere.
The Goathouse serves great coffee and food but as I didn't eat there I can't comment on the food. I can say though, I saw a few people enjoying coffee and brunch on the deck and the cakes, tarts and muffins looked very inviting.
Clay grinding my "Farmhouse Home" blend to take home, a mixture of beans I chose from Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador and Costa Rica which created a medium intensity blend with chocolate, nutty flavours.
If you'd like to have your own Fayale Coffee take home blend made or would like to drop in for a coffee and bite to eat you can visit The Goathouse Cafe and Roastery at 3-6 Elsternwick Place, Elsternwick (near Elsternwick Station). You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.
If I've whetted your coffee appetite, pop back on Thursday and I'll have a lovely coffee recipe for you to try. I hope you and your Dad's had a wonderful Father's Day yesterday.
Disclosure: I received two bags of my special "Farmhouse Home" blend coffee complimentary.