Fuelling the soul, at a Geelong favourite.
Back when the laneway café culture was growing in Melbourne, Greg and Georgie Matheson lead the way in Geelong opening their own industrial themed hole in the wall café. Seven years on –the flame is still burning bright, and ‘Fuel’ is still the go to spot in the Geelong CBD.
Campos Coffee, and the connection with the roastery is one of significance. Fuel was the first café in Victoria to use Campos Coffee, opening a month before the Campos Melbourne Flagship store in Elgin Street Carlton, and the bond between them both is as strong as the espresso in my cup.
Every weekday morning, the line for takeaway coffee snakes out of the door, others sit and enjoy being inside the red brick former warehouse lit by low hanging pendant lights, and adorned with motorcycle and road bike paraphernalia. When Greg’s not pulling shots behind the La Marzocco Linea, he’s out riding one of his many bikes. Anything with two wheels serves as a passion in Greg’s life, and he takes great pride in displaying his collection along the walls.
The mouth-watering menu features a selection of pastries, sweets, and Panini, with the availability of gluten free options. Daily offerings include Paleo Granola with fruit compote and yoghurt; Smashed Avocado with Goats Cheese on Sourdough; and toasted Panini filled with gourmet ingredients like Chorizo, Pulled Pork, Semi Dried Tomatoes, and Green Olive Pesto…….”sure to get you firing on all cylinders!”
The Superior Blend from Campos is used for all milk based coffee, while rotating single origin beans are used for black coffee. Just as Fuel has built a mutually beneficial relationship with their coffee provider, Campos Coffee has long established relationships with the farmers who produce their coffee. Campos is renowned for their direct trade methods, and their Superior Blend is a fine reflection of ethically sourced and traceable coffee. The blend is currently composed of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Kenyan Nyeri AA, Costa Rican Nueva Era, Guatemalan La Huerta, and Colombia Los Idolos beans. It’s characterised by a chocolatey body, with caramel sweetness. The single origin of the day was the Colombia Huila Del Monte, and it’s reminiscent of a rich fruit & nut dark chocolate slice.
Whether you’re coming to ‘fuel’ the mind or body, you’re sure to ‘fuel’ the soul.
Fuel Coffee + Food
2 Gore Place