6 August 2022

Double Shot of caffeine and early morning breakfast service for Temora

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Scott Hayman little in his cafe in Temora

Double Shot of caffeine with Scott Hayman. Photo: Supplied.

Temora Shire will soon welcome a new café offering plenty of gluten and dairy-free and early morning breakfast options.

Scott Hayman purchased and reinvigorated the Zest BYO café venue early this year, and Double Shot Coffee House and Eatery emerged.

Scott, who has been working in cafes for over a decade, has always wanted a cafe of his own.

“There are so many little areas I can draw upon from my experience and create something a bit more unique,” Scott said.

Scott, who is all about high quality coffee and food, said while the cafe sports a new name and lick of paint to freshen it up, the real change was in the offering. Double Shot would focus on providing coffee and beverages with a sit-down early morning breakfast menu and a lunch menu.

“I find it’s not always easy to get a breakfast in Temora, particularly early in the morning,” Scott said.

“While I was working at Red Hen coffee house (up until it closed), many people would be coming up and asking for bacon and egg roll.

“People couldn’t get them until the cafes open at eight o’clock.”

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The new café owner will make the most of the food by himself and train staff to make the cakes and slices in-store.

Scott said the breakfast menu would include the classics – sausage, bacon and egg rolls and eggs benedict.

For the sweet tooths Double Shot will offer muffins, cakes and slices including Scott’s personal favourite – pear and raspberry bread, which is gluten and dairy free.

“Lunch has been the hardest to settle on because there are so many options to narrow down,” he said.

“I will be serving my go-to dish – tika masala chicken, and I’ve got a rough idea for the menu and everything will be made in-store.”

According to Scott, there was one “easy choice”: the cafe’s coffee would be sourced from Art of Espresso based in Young.

“I have been with them (Art of Espresso) for a long time, and they are local,” Scott said.

“I did my training with the head roaster Adrian Capra about eight years ago and just before COVID happened, we did a trip to India together as an origin tour. We visited the farm where the coffee is sourced, met all the workers and saw the entire farm-to-cup process. Adrian trades directly with the farms, which means the farm benefits more.

“There was no question in my mind which coffee I would get – it was Art of Espresso.”

Scott said it is important to source from local producers in a country town.

“Supporting the local community is always number one in people’s hearts,” he said.

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Scott’s love of cooking stemmed from his first paid job as an apprentice baker at the Roundabout Bakery in Temora.

“Before that, I used to hate cooking in high school,” he confessed. “Now I absolutely love it.”

The opportunity to purchase the café Zest BYO first came up when Scott was working at Gloria Jeans in Wagga three years ago, but the timing wasn’t right and he passed on it.

Things were different when the chance came up again last year and, following several months of discussions, the venue became his at the end of June.

Scott plans to open Double Shot Coffee House and Eatery by mid-August on Hoskins Street, Temora.

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