Snuggled in the centre of one of regional Victoria’s most coveted weekend destinations, Awkward Jeffery is anything but an awkward addition to Daylesford’s thriving food scene.
As Victoria’s popular spa region, Daylesford is also home to a plethora of fantastic produce. Every weekend this charming town is flooded with tourists and weekenders looking for great spots to eat and drink. Awkward Jeffery adds something new to the town with its strong focus on specialty coffee and surprisingly, craft beer.
Craig Eulenstein and Natasha Simoes opened Awkward Jeffery in mid-2016. The pair met at Fitzroy’s Little Creatures where Natasha was the manager and coffee trainer. Craig is a brewer with an in-depth knowledge of the beer world, so opening their own cafe provided an opportunity to bring together people who shared a love of good food and good coffee with a passion for expertly brewed beer.
As well as being a co-owner of Awkward Jeffery, Natasha has taken on the roles of both Manager and Head Barista. Having worked in cafes in Adelaide, Fremantle and Melbourne, she certainly has more than a few years of experience under her belt.
Natasha has selected Espresso Syndicate for Awkward Jeffery’s house blend. Having worked with the team before, she noticed the consistently high quality of their coffee, and appreciated their approach to sustainability: all packaging is environmentally friendly and beans are sourced directly from the farmer. It was an ethos that was incredibly important to Natasha and just one of the reasons she chose Espresso Syndicate as their sole caffeine supplier.
The house blend consists of beans from Brazil, Ethiopia, Colombia, Nicaragua and Guatemala. However, as to be expected, the blend changes based on availability and seasonality.
Awkward Jeffery’s carefully crafted seasonal menu complements Natasha’s coffee perfectly. Like any great cafe, breakfast is on offer all day, with a seasonal menu full of locally sourced produce. Stop by in the morning to enjoy the buckwheat pancakes served with caramel, apple, sultanas, mascarpone and toasted hazelnuts. Stick around for the buttermilk brunch buns, stuffed with ham-hock baked beans, pickle and cheddar cheese, or classic smashed avo on sourdough with kale coconut slaw, soy pepitas and lemon oil.
If you find yourself visiting Jeffery in the afternoon, you’re in for a treat: Craig has curated a strong beer offering, with an abundance of bottled craft beers and three beers on tap.
Capturing the pace and style of Daylesford to a tee, Awkward Jeffery is housed in what Natasha describes as “a beautiful, if not rundown heritage building”. Every spare surface seems to be covered in fresh flowers, potted plants or jars of pickles, and the general vibe is both warm and welcoming, making you feel like you’re sitting in your own lounge room.
Whether you are looking for a place for your weekend brunch or just a long afternoon drink, Awkward Jeffery is the place to be. You’ll be enjoying the best of Daylesford in no time.