Food and Drink

   

The Goathouse Café Roastery

Posted by

<
>

The Goathouse Café Roastery sits unassumingly on Glen Huntley Road in Elsternwick. Red wrought-iron gates reveal an open space and casual atmosphere. While The Goathouse is the front of the business, the real bones of the operation sits down the back with Fayale Coffee.

Owner Clay Bush and business partner Julian Rowell opened The Goathouse three years ago. Before that they started Fayale, a coffee business which sources fresh beans from around the world and roasts them onsite.

“The name Fayale comes from the Ethiopian word for goat,” says Clay. “The story is that an Ethiopian goat-herder discovered the coffee when his goats ate the beans and began jumping around everywhere.”

Clay’s passion for the coffee is evident. Each new batch of beans is a fresh adventure when you are sourcing from around the globe. Clay explains the farmers in Ethiopia don’t have modern roasting machines and use much older methods of roasting the beans.

“That’s the romantic thing about the gamble: you’re putting all this faith into an old man sitting around a fire and roasting the beans over it for you to taste.”

The Goathouse uses different methods of brewing its coffee, including espresso, filter, plunger, pour-over, syphon and Bunn Trifecta. Custom blends are created for each client and kept on record to be tweaked or replicated for next time.

The preferred method of exploration today is cupping: a process for experiencing the tastes and aromas of different coffee. Samples of each bean are ground and placed into small cups where hot water is poured over and the aroma starts to develop.

Different techniques (including a lot of slurping and spitting) are undertaken to reveal flavour, acidity, body and mouth-feel. Each bean shows something different; the Indonesian bean has a musky earthiness to its taste while the Colombian reveals hints of chocolate. My favourite: the Sidamo Guji which tastes of summer blueberries.

The Goathouse runs coffee appreciation nights where cupping is done with a small group and the roasting process is explained. Each person also creates their own blend to take home. The next event will be held on October 3. For more information on the nights or Fayale Coffee check out goathouse.com.au or facebook.com/goathousecaferoastery

THE GOATHOUSE CAFE ROASTERY
3-6 Elsternwick Place, Elsternwick
9523 8299
7 days
6am to 6pm


Entertainment

http://www.milkbarmag.com/2017/07/24/the-coronation-of-poppea/

The Coronation of Poppea

Lyric Opera's latest production The Coronation of Poppea brings Renaissance Italy to the Chapel off Chapel.

http://www.milkbarmag.com/2017/07/19/paris-can-wait-ticket-giveaway/

Paris Can Wait ticket giveaway

Milk Bar Mag is giving away 10 FREE double-passes to Paris Can Wait, a romantic comedy starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin.

http://www.milkbarmag.com/2017/07/17/paris-a-rock-odyssey/

Paris – A Rock Odyssey

Milk Bar Mag attended the opening night of Paris - A Rock Odyssey to experience the epic love story through the music of one of Australia's most iconic stars of the stage, the late Jon English.

Photo & Video

http://www.milkbarmag.com/2015/04/02/the-10th-whitelion-bail-out-charity-fundraiser/

The 10th Whitelion Bail Out Charity Fundraiser

Bail Out's plans to help out Melbourne's disadvantaged youth.

http://www.milkbarmag.com/2014/10/15/the-fox-darkroom/

The Fox Darkroom

Snap away with The Fox Darkroom, a mecca for photography aficionados to learn all about the traditional methods of black and white photography.

http://www.milkbarmag.com/2014/05/30/somewhere-else-video-sings-of-summer/

Somewhere Else video sings of summer

It almost sounds like the premise of a reality TV show: pile a bunch of artists in a bus for seven days, send them across Mexico and see what happens.