A better class of coffee at Ettalong Beach

German Salamanca and Danielle Hanrahan opened Slowwell in August Photo St John Imagery Photography

A new coffee hub on the Peninsula is bringing a touch of class to coffee drinking with a range of events to be held over the summer aimed at bringing industry leaders to the Coast.

Slowwell opened at Ettalong Beach in August after Sydney-siders German Salamanca and Danielle Hanrahan decided to relocate to the Central Coast from their small Inner West apartment.

Slowwell will present a range of free walk-in events for its Slowwell Seekers of Slow Coffee Events Series.

Salamanca said the plan was to make specialty coffee more accessible to the Coast community.

“We’ve found a great community here, who love their coffee and who want to see more of what is usually happening in the city up here on the Coast,” Salamanca said.

“Slow brew coffee – as known as filter coffee – is a more mindful and personal way of enjoying your daily cup.”

The co-founders said they chose Ettalong Beach by accident, after seeing a unique empty commercial space on the main business strip on Ocean View Rd.

Slowwell will host Takumi Sakamoto of BRUT Coffee on Sunday, December 20, at 10am as he brews a Colombian coffee through a unique processing method called Mandarine Natural.

The Japanese-born coffee roaster, who was the 2019 Australian Coffee Roasting Champion and is currently ranked third in the world among specialty coffee roasters, calls this product Fiesta and describes it as “a dance party in your mouth”.

The announcement of Sakamoto’s two-hour class comes after the success of a recent event when Carlos Escobar and Simon Gautherin showcased a new coffee designed for freezing on December 12.

Aptly named Freezus, the coffee has been optimally aged and vacuum-sealed to go in the freezer as soon as you arrive home.

The event saw the duo feature and brew only one coffee – Freezus #1, a Costa Rican red honey processed geisha from Vara Blanca with notes of Rose, raspberry and rockmelon.

In his position as Toby Estate’s national sales manager, Carlos Escobar said there has been an increase in demand for better coffee at home.

“People are understanding more about quality coffee, and more importantly, understanding the difference between freshly roasted coffee and old/stale beans in supermarket shelves,” Escobar said.

“The more consumers know about what goes behind a great cup of coffee, the more roasters around the country will need to invest in quality, and this domino effect will always end up where it matters the most, at origin.”

Media release, Dec 9
Co-founder of Slowwell, German Salamanca