Who makes your morning coffee? Coffee drinking is a global business, an international empire that governs our tastebuds and our body clocks and is an essential morning ritual for many.
With such a proliferation of choice in our town, it can be overwhelming deciding where to grab your morning brew. The excitement, dedication and expertise that local baristas and roasters possess is impressive and ensures a delicious cup of coffee in any part of town.
We’ve decided to showcase our local stars — the people with the passion — so you know where to go and who to allow to pour your coffee.
This week we stopped by Dandelion & Driftwood and spoke to owner Peter Wolff and sampled a cup of his delicious coffee. We also chatted about when his passion for coffee was ignited and why he wants to drink coffee in Kenya.
What exactly do you do?
I am the Taste Manager at Dandelion & Driftwood so I work with our barista team on the quality of espresso and filter coffee we serve daily.
How did you end up on this path and what does making coffee mean to you?
I fell into the coffee business by accident 30 years ago when I took a job as a dishwasher at Aromas Tea & Coffee Merchants at Hale St, Paddington as I was about to start uni and needed an income. That first day working in the roasting room just resonated with me and I knew that this is what I wanted to pursue.
Favourite way to drink coffee?
A short long black or as we say a ‘shlong’. It’s a nice balance of espresso concentration that showcases the coffees origin flavours.
Where would you most like to stop, sit and sip on a coffee?
There are two places that I would like to stop and sit and have a coffee – Machu Picchu in Peru and Masai Mara, Kenya. Both offer the landscape as a stimulus for the coffee experience.
If you could make a coffee and have a chinwag with anyone in the world – who would it be?
I would like to have a coffee with my Opa (Grandfather on my father’s side) as I never had the chance to meet him as he passed away before I was born. I am very interested in my family’s history and would have loved the chance to hear about his life’s journey.
What makes your coffee different to others?
The 30 years of experience which goes into the selection of the green coffee and the approach to roasting the coffee to showcase its origins flavour. Then making sure we are working with our baristas in making sure that we are maximising the flavour experience in the cup for our customers.
Coffee to you means… ?
Coffee has been a major part of my life and I feel very blessed that I get to do something that I love doing everyday with my wife and daughter.
Tips for always getting a good coffee?
Look for cafes that are using local specialty coffee roasters as these owners have a deep appreciation for the quality of the coffee they serve! What flows on from this is great espresso equipment, and trained knowledgeable baristas.
Anything else readers should know?
Next time you drink your daily specialty coffee brew just think, it is estimated that 2000 hours of labour has gone into producing the beans that your drinking! The labour starts from the seed being planted, then growing, farming, harvesting/ picking, processing, shipping to roaster, roasting and blending, cupping, transit to cafe for consumption and then finally to the barista producing that quality cup.
Pop by and say hi to Peter and his team at Dandelion & Driftwood, Shop 1/45 Gerler Road, Hendra.