For the first time, Geelong Coffee headed out to a rural location – Freshwater Creek, about 20 minutes south-ish of the Geelong CBD, on the road to Anglesea. And we are talking seriously rural! Just off the main road, The Farmer’s Place is located on a farm and, given that today was the wettest July day for 25 years, there was plenty of mud and puddles to be seen (and waded through!).
One of the key focuses for The Farmer’s Place is sustainability. The building itself consists of a number of recycled shipping containers and all of the furniture and fittings are made from recycled materials – the floorboards were originally on the floor of the iconic Dimmey’s store in Richmond.
Initially intended to be a local produce market, the cafe and bar were an after-thought but from what I saw and tasted today, a good after-thought. The food is locally sourced and fresh and you can taste the difference. My coffee was presented in neither a tulip cup not a cappuccino cup but rather in a different shaped cup altogether. That said, it was probably closer to a tulip than not. The crema was a little light on and therefore was broken, allowing the dark colour of the coffee to show through. That was disappointing because all in all, the taste was really good.
I’ll certainly be going back but if you are thinking of making a trip out to The Farmer’s Place, check the weather before you go. Acknowledging that today’s temperature was very much single-digit, even the warmth of the very welcome open fire wasn’t enough to make the environment quite warm enough for me. It’s probably worth throwing a jacket and/or a scarf into the boot of the car before you leave home.
|Address:||675 Anglesea Road|
|Suburb:||Mount Duneed 3216|
|Telephone:||0499 333 093|
|Open:||Seven days per week|
|Coffee Suppliers:||Own blend|
|Headline:||Rural, rustic and sustainability focused. Big open fire in the centre of the cafe was welcome! Coffee really good.|