The Coffee Collective
Shop 1, 50-52 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi
03 5672 4555
The Coffee Collective brings a touch of Melbourne’s industrial-cafe vibe to south Gippsland. A focus on specialty coffee combined with a menu that shines the spotlight on local produce has made this local favourite a destination within itself.
The Coffee Collective opened in 2013, although partners in business and life, James Archibald and Ella Godbold, have experience that stretches beyond this. The duo has more than 30 years of hospitality experience between them and share a love for the region, having worked in marketing and customer relations roles prior to setting up the cafe.
It was a desire to introduce specialty coffee to the country town of Wonthaggi that drove James and Ella to open The Coffee Collective, and as the name suggests, the brewed beverage is an intrinsic part of experience. When it came to their coffee supplier of choice, they turned to the team at Five Senses.
The house blend is a combination of beans from Ethiopia and Colombia, resulting in rich caramel notes with floral highlights and a velvet body. The beans from Colombia in particular bring sweet, clean flavours to the palate with fresh cherry and blood orange notes that follow through to a candied finish.
Each and every cup is given the care and attention it deserves – beans are ground fresh before the sweet espresso is expertly extracted on the Synesso. Lattes, cappuccinos and other milk-based coffees are finished with your choice of organic soy, organic almond, lactose free or locally produced milk.
James and Ella’s commitment to showcasing coffee continues inside the kitchen. Stop by for brunch, where coffee panna cotta is served with pistachio waffle, chocolate soil and caffeinated delights in the form of little beads of coffee caviar. As well as an extensive breakfast menu you’ll also find a range of grab and go items, including local free range egg and bacon pies, made fresh every morning, as well as granola cups, friands and house-specialty brownies.
Later in the day it’s hard to go past the south Gippsland beef burger with house-made pickles, cheese, red onion and sweet mustard, poke bowl salad or spiced calamari taco with chilli egg and avocado. While the menu changes seasonally, you’ll always find fresh flavours with dishes crafted from locally sourced produce.
While you may start your meal with an excellent coffee, The Coffee Collective encourages you to sit back, relax and unwind with a glass of locally sourced wine or beer.
This community-focused cafe has attracted more than just local fans – it’s now a popular destination for tourists travelling down the beautiful Bass Coast, an essential stop on a regional road trip. The Coffee Collective’s commitment to quality coffee and its love for local produce ensures it is a must try if you’re looking for a true taste of Gippsland.