My friend Alison Chamberlain introduced me to Cocoa and Coffee, this is where she buys her coffee…Cocoa and Coffee is a small family operation, they live over the shop and work seven days a week … pretty well!
For Terence and his dad Louis their story started in Meadowbank 2008. Not satisfied with the commercial coffees available, Louis decided to roast coffee with an air roaster and then progressed roast to a 5kg drum roaster.
As a result, his coffee sales went from 5kg a week to 45Kg a week, over a two year period. Louis’s son, Terence, was trained by Louis and other professional roasters. Together, Louis and Terence roasted and mastered their blends and techniques.
Four years ago they moved their operation Cocoa and Coffee to 103 Parramatta Road, Annandale. Louis bakes the cakes and makes all the Chilli products – I can highly recommend the Chilli Jam.
Terence added skills, like fitter and turning and welding to his barista skills, so he could maintain the roaster and chocolate making machinery.
Louis and Terence roast their own coffee beans and make their own chocolate onsite and from scratch. All of their sources are direct trade – straight from the farmer to your coffee cup.
The store also sells honey found locally and from the central coast.
Cocoa and Coffee has a wonderful warm glow, the brass and metal trimmings and interiors that Terence has added to the shop help but the family and the lovely woman Maria Pillar who work here are the real attraction … apart from the coffee, chocolate, chilli and honey that is.
Oh and Alison highly recommends the drinking chocolate.
Terence hopes to add a distillery for a coffee and chocolate liquor to the menu watch this space !!!!
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