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It's all about the coffee


COFFEE culture in the Loddon has gone top tier with the opening of Cafe 3517 in Inglewood.

From barista-manager Taylor Fitton’s passion and love of the brew to confidence of owners Brooke and David Smyth, Cafe 3517, conversations are brimming with each cup in the historic Deeble building on Brooke Street.

Honouring the town’s past and projecting an enthusiasm for the future, Cafe 3517 opened a fortnight ago and has been embraced by locals and visitors driving the Calder Highway to experience great coffee and conversation in the heart of the Goldfields.

“I’m very passionate about coffee and growing our community in Inglewood,” said Taylor who has made her home on the same block of land where one of the town’s most famous residents, aviation legend Sir Reginald Ansett, grew up a century ago.

“Seeing the enjoyment of people coming in every day for coffee and our range of light meals, snacks and ice-creams has been wonderful. And, they keep returning ... they just love our coffee. Afterall, it really is all about the coffee.”

Taylor honed her barista and customer service skills at the award-winning Brewhouse in Bendigo.

David said Taylor’s love for a great coffee was a huge part of Cafe 3517’s top tier drink and food culture and the confidence he and wife Brooke had in the town.

“We brought the building to have an investment in the community, knowing there is growth and opportunity in our town, and to cater for the increasing number of people who come here to live and also for the visitors and travellers,” David said.

“We’ve certainly confidence in the future.”

The Deeble building was home to auctioneer Samuel Deeble from the 1860s until pharmacist Arthur Jones moved his chemist shop into the building in 1924 and continued serving the town until 1986.

“There were extensive renovations but we made sure anything we did was sympathetic to the building’s historic features,” David said.

“Along the way we had a lot of encouragement from the local community ... they have been among our first customers since opening two weeks ago. And like us, they are loving a great coffee and conversation.”

Between sips of great coffee, there’s time to talk about the replica Ansett Airline’s hostess uniform or the iron pressed-ceiling repurposed as the counter facade, topped by locally-sourced ironbark timber.

And the impressive barn door has been made from timber originally from the old Bank of NSW building that once stood on the corner of Brooke and Verdon Streets. David said the timber had been used as floorboards in a local shearing shed before Cafe 3517.

Adorning the walls, are historic photographs of Brooke Street, linking Inglewood’s prosperous past with the exciting future Cafe 3517 is part of creating for the town.

“We want people to Google the postcode, see where we are and come, visit and have a great coffee while discovering how wonderful Cafe 3517 and Inglewood is,” said David and Brooke, who were both born at Inglewood Hospital.

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