Hello Coffee has evolved a lot since its creation 5 odd years ago. What started as a hobby between 2 friends has developed into an entity that encompasses an entire community, offers a diverse palette of skills and makes a bunch of people happy.
Coffee is at the heart of what we create here, and what makes it special is its ability to make people connect. Every day people sit across from each other over coffee, and have always done so. As a roaster and a cafe we can facilitate that and make it a great experience, add a story, and give it further meaning. Making people happy is what we’re here to do and making awesome coffee definitely helps! At the roasting end we have Gareth and Reed. Together they manage the sourcing of crops, careful control of roasting profiles and creation of our blends. We think our coffee stands apart from others with our attention to detail, care and understanding of the customer’s needs.
And then there’s food. Because great coffee and great food go hand in hand. We’ve been lucky in coming together with a stalwart of the Apollo Bay food and produce scene, Holly. With a career’s worth of horticulture and cooking experience she has shaped a kitchen unique to the region. Partnering up with local primary producers, she delivers her vision of fresh, seasonal food, amazing homestyle baking and traditional preserves. We take pride in partnering with local businesses wherever possible. Our eggs come from Wongarra Farm, our fresh greens and vegetables are grown by the amazing Jodie at The Green Acre and our bread provided daily by Jane & Sally at the local bakery.
The local talent down here in the Otways spreads further than the kitchen, and because of our ever hard working curator Nattie, our partnerships with regional artists have shaped the visual outlook of the whole business. Our walls are a busy, active gallery space and the venue lays host to rotating exhibitions, live music and performance. Selected artists have also been able to personally design the packaging of our coffees and other products. We love the idea of sharing what our community can produce with the wider world and providing encouragement and opportunity for up-and-coming talent benefits us all.