Shop Local: Mt Claremont Farmer’s Market epitomises supporting local suppliers


Aaron Ellwood from Filament Coffee.
Aaron Ellwood from Filament Coffee.

THE Mt Claremont Farmer’s Market epitomises supporting local suppliers.

Fruit, vegetables, flowers, honey, bread, baked goods, craft, farm animals… it’s all there.

Before shoppers hit the stalls at Mt Claremont Primary School or after filling their reusable bags, they often take a seat at the Filament Coffee bar for a refreshing cold brew.

Co-owner Aaron Ellwood knows most of his customers by name because they’re regulars and he catches up on their week while he pours a cold brew from the kegs behind the bar.

Flowers at the Mt Claremont Farmer’s Market.

Mr Ellwood and his business partner Brendan Gillam have taken their cold brew coffee to the Mt Claremont Farmer’s Market for more than two years.

“It’s been our life blood in terms of getting our product out there,” Mr Ellwood said.

“It started as an experimental opportunity to see if people would buy and were happy with the product… we wanted to see if the masses liked it.

“The markets are good for our brand and we love just meeting different people.

“For us it’s about the experience.

“You don’t order a flat white and get it two minutes later, we take someone on a journey.”

The former tax accounts turned business partners have three cold brew coffees on tap at the Mt Claremont Farmer’s Market – fruity, chocolate and, my favourite, the nitro cold brew that is infused with nitrogen gas to give it a creamy texture.

Animal farm at the markets.

Mr Ellwood said they were both sick of the corporate world and wanted to go in to business together.

“Cold brew was unique and different and in March 2016 we started throwing ideas around,” he said.

“I went part time and worked as a barista for two years.

“We had a light bulb moment and filament is part of a light globe so that’s where the name comes from.”

The coffee lovers source their beans direct from a farm in Columbia – La Jacoba – so their money is going straight to the farmer.

“We’re learning about sustainable coffee practices and working with the farm in Columbia,” Mr Ellwood said.

“We go direct from the farm to our roaster… we’d love to go over there one day.”

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