Canowindra’s sweetest spot

Posted on: January 20th, 2019 by
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Artisan chocolate shop Coco Harvest inhabits 31 Gaskill Street, Canowindra. The opening of the business coincided with the building’s 101st anniversary.
Nanjing Night Net

THE battle between milk, dark and white chocolate has long divided friends and familybut oneshop has popped up in Canowindra which opens a whole new can of worms.

AtMatt Brewster and Ross Hipwell’s Coco Harvest, settling on thechocolate typeis just the startof your worries. The real choice lies in its form -in a bar, a jar or an individual treat–and its accompaniments –smoked macadamias,marshmallow orhoneycomb (to name a few).

The two chocoholics opened their store in November to showcase thebest artisan chocolate and confectionery in the country.

“The artisan chocolate scene in regional NSW is happeningat a micro level but in the cities it’s absolutely booming. We’re bringing the best productsfrom Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to the Central West,” Matt said.

Theyplace theirorders with their artisans at the start ofeach week. The chocolate is then handmade and packedin time to be sold at Coco Harvest on the weekend.

“The chocolate in our stores is only ever a few days old. Just this week I had to wait while the artisans at Whisk and Pin, in Leura, finished their batch before I could take it home,” he said

Matt said their suppliersall hada compelling story to match their products.

“They’rean incredibly passionate group of people.”

To coincide with Orange Wine Festivalin mid-OctoberCoco Harvest will be offering a range of chocolates which pairwith different wines.

In October Coco Harvest will stock Adelaide chocolate maker’s Chocolate5018 range.

Coco Harvest lives in a small shopfront on Canowindra’s main street.Built in 1915, the shop, 31 Gaskill Street, hadpreviously been home to a solicitors firm, a real estate agent and video shop.Now, it’s got a whole new lease on life.

“It was such a beautiful building in a beautiful town we thought we would buy it and hold onto it.After much thoughtwe finally decided touse it to offer boutique chocolates to the Central West,” he said.

The duo chipped away at renovations for a decade before opening their business, Coco Harvest, last November.

“The locals were intrigued because there would be flurries of work but then nothing for weeks.”

“It was a labour of love,” Ross said.

Matt Brewster and Ross Hipwell.

The pair had never owned a retail shop before nor had theybeen in business together. Previously based in Lithgow, Matt workedin economic development and Ross, a former dairy farmer, worked in training and assessment.

“On our openingmorning two very nervous guyspulled open the doors. That day I’m surewe had nearly every resident in town come in to have a sticky beak!Our business now is made up of locals,travelers en route to or from Canberra and tourists visiting the Central West.”

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