Carnevale Coffee Roasters
Carnevale Coffee Roasters was once a bright-purple video store. Now it’s a bustling destination for coffee lovers and a place for locals to unwind. Electricians turned coffee-roasters Chris Hoskin and Paolo Scidone completed the transformation in early 2012.
The original space was basic. It was never intended as a cafe – more a shop to sell their beans from. But when the locals began asking for food, they delivered. The bike rack at the rear of the shop was replaced with a kitchen and the old roasting room became a cosy nook to eat in. Regulars donated the eclectic mix of furniture that sits in the dining room.
Chef Jessica Liebich runs the kitchen. She uses seasonal and local produce, sourced from no further away than Mount Compass. Balsamic mushrooms and Artisan ciabatta French toast are big winners on the menu, as well as egg soldiers for the little ones.
The guys also sell their beans wholesale, and at peak times roast up to 800 kilograms a week. They roast light- to medium-green beans from all over the world, in their pride and joy – a 10-kilogram Roastmax.