Tombolo Freycinet is located at one of Tasmania’s most picturesque spots, overlooking the serene landscape of Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay, and the granite mountains.
“It’s not a bad backdrop to enjoy a quality coffee with some local produce,” says Owner Shannon Griffiths.
After working in the hospitality scene for many years, Shannon and her partner Andrew Merse found the unique location and set up the café four years ago.
“We saw a gap in the market for a dedicated coffee shop in the Coles Bay region and East Coast area of Tasmania. Our philosophy is to keep things simple and do those simple things well,” says Shannon.
Tombolo Freycinet’s interior reflects a rustic and relaxed ambiance with coastal-inspired furnishings and handmade tables and chairs.
Andrew’s own photography decorates the walls in addition to artwork from local artists.
“We want people to feel at home when they walk in the door,” says Shannon. “It’s also important to us that we support local talent, local produce, and source as close to home as possible to reinforce that real paddock to plate experience.”
For this reason, Tombolo Freycinet uses Hobart-based Villino Coffee.
“Villino’s Synergy blend is delivered fresh each week. It’s a smooth style of coffee with hints of sweet and fruity notes, and caramel undertones,” says Shannon.
A mobile espresso cart serving the Synergy blend sits outside the café seven days a week for takeaway orders.
To accompany the coffee a range of house-made pastries are available, including frangipani tarts, lemon curd tarts, and flourless orange cake. For lunch and dinner, Andrew shows his talent in the kitchen with a menu comprising thin-based woodfire pizzas and fresh seafood.
“There are times I serve a cup of coffee and I watch a customer take the first sip. That wow moment and the satisfaction on their face is a great feeling,” says Shannon. “It makes it all worth while when you know your customers are enjoying what you produce.”