The Affogato Shack
Set up in a sunny corner of the collaborative retail space O’Connell Street Merchants, which sits above Brewtown Newtown, is The Affogato Shack, a new venture between Brewtown owners Simon Triggs and Charles Cameron.
As the name suggests, here you’ll find various variations on the Italian combination of a shot of coffee poured over a scoop of gelato. The espresso comes courtesy of Gnome coffee merchants, extracted via a gleaming silver machine named The Speedster, and the ice-cream part is taken care of by award-winning Enmore gelataria The Cow and The Moon. Unfortunately, the authentic Italian practice of dousing the whole thing in a shot of Amaretto or Frangelico isn’t on offer here.
As for gelato flavours, for now it’s picked three clear winners: vanilla, pistachio and rum and raisin. Each flavour is “designed to enhance the flavour profile of the coffee on offer,” says Cameron. For example, rum and raisin mirrors the Casablanca coffee blend, “with some creaminess and a hint of chocolate. When the coffee is spectacular, and has a really strong flavour presence, we will go for vanilla,” says Cameron.
The dream at The Affogato Shack is that customers will be able to take-away their affogato offerings, along with a box of their bakery’s mixed-flavoured cronuts, to enjoy in one of the nearby parks in warm weather, or even in the green space that is proposed for the O’Connell Street Merchants. We don’t think people will need much convincing.