As Geelong experiences an explosion in hidden industrial style cafes, Fuel Cafe could be credited with kicking things off. Having been around for five years, it’s become something of an institution for CBD workers who habitually escape from the office for some time out, somewhere to meet, or as a better place to get work done.
Hidden in Gore Place, a tiny lane way that’s now over-shadowed by the TAC building, the cafe is housed in a converted garage that’s as bright and fresh as the day it opened.
Adorning the walls are bikes and related paraphernalia. If you drop in regularly, you’ll notice the bikes change over a lot, which might leave you wondering where they’re all coming from. Greg, owner of Fuel Cafe, is as much of a bike addict as he is a coffee addict and revealed that he has at least one bike for every weekend of the year. However unlike a hoarder who only collects for the sake of collecting, Greg uses almost every machine he has.
“There one or two special ones that don’t get used but otherwise I’m out every weekend on a different one depending on where I’m heading. Some are built for the road, others for climbing, and others for rougher terrain.” “Some are new, some old, I just enjoy appreciating the qualities of each bike.”
Hearing this helps you understand the philosophy of the cafe. The same could be said of the single origin microlots that rotate through. Campos Coffee is the brand of choice for Fuel Cafe and the reasons are clear. Campos started out in a tiny laneway cafe in Newtown, Sydney with just one goal: a consistent, excellent coffee experience for the customer every single time.
This goal is something that Greg is absolutely committed to. The proof is in the pudding. Regardless of whether it’s him or one of his talented staff members behind the machine, the coffee you get is the same high quality cup every time.
Fuel serves food as well, keeping things simple with generous paninis and sweet treats. If you have a pram or young kids you might find it a little tight however the staff are very accommodating, moving tables together for groups or helping people through.
If you’re floating through Geelong on a weekday looking for a great coffee, definitely seek these guys out.