New York Meets Dello Mano

The Dello Mano Luxury Brownie is now on display in New York! Dello Mano has just partnered up with Abbotsford Road Cofee Specialists, an Australian-owned cafe in the heart of Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood. The cafe is a 27,000-square-foot coffee roasting facility which includes seating for about 40 guests. It is co-founded by Phillip Di Bella, a good friend of Dello Mano owners Deb and Bien Peralta and founder of Di Bella Coffee, Australia’s top specialty coffee roaster and winner of the 2016 Golden Bean Competition Coffee Roaster Competition.

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Headquarters of Abbotsford Road Coffee Specialists in Gowanus, Brooklyn, NYC

The cafe opened in late 2017 and with so much competition already present in New York’s coffee scene, Abbotsford Road Cofee Specialists came up with a different approach. The company established the business as a wholesale brand with the goal of providing the finest coffee to help other cafes in New York and beyond become profitable coffee destinations. It is not only a retail establishment, but also a complete wholesale service and training facility for prospective clients and consumers alike. It is a one-stop shop for a brew, supplies, and comprehensive coffee training sessions.

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Cafe Supplies for Sale at the Abbotsford Road Gowanus Headquarters

The relationship between Dello Mano owners Deb and Bien Peralta and Phillip Di Bella began when Dello Mano was just starting and still in the process of being set up. Back then, Dello Mano didn’t have a store front to serve coffee. Instead, Deb and Bien approached Phil in while looking for the best coffee to use in creating the now popular Dello Mano Espresso Walnut Brownie. The Dello Mano Brownie philosophy has always been to use the very best ingredients to create their brownie flavours. To create the most amazing brownies, they needed the best coffee they could get their hands on and the concept was to use Di Bella coffee extracted from an espresso machine. Despite being a very small family business and still attempting to introduce brownies in Australia, Deb and Bien approached Phil. It was a brave move from a small unknown brownie company down at Breakfast Creek. Though the business was small, that didn’t stop Phil from supporting the passion and belief the couple had in their dream. Phil loaned the couple an espresso machine. Shortly after, they launched their delicious Dello Mano Espresso Walnut Luxury Brownie with extracted Di Bella coffee. Over a decade later,  Dello Mano continues to create  the Espresso Walnut Brownie in exactly the same way. They also now serve Di Bella coffee at both Dello Mano stores.

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Abbotsford Road Founders: (From Left to Right)  Karl Jameson, Phillip Di Bella and Logan Kedwell 

Another proud Austrailan behind Abbotsford Road is Logan Kedwell. He is one of the co-founders and the Director of Sales and Business Development in the company. He started working in the family wholesale fruit and vegetable business where he learned the importance of consistently high quality produce and exceptional client relationships. Managing all four locations of Buzz Bistro, a flourishing chain of cafés in Australia, Logan developed specialized knowledge of the coffee industry. Eager to improve his knowledge about the roasting/wholesaling end of the business, he went to work for Di Bella Coffee, where he was involved in managing corporate accounts, café performance analysis, coffee bean sales and brewing methods. With Logan Kedwell working behind the scenes and the experience he is bringing to the table, Abbotsford Road is on its way to achieving great things.

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Coffee Roaster Inside Abbotsford Road Headquarters in Gowanus, Brooklyn, NYC

The Dello Mano dream all began when Deb and Bien Peralta decided to go on a  life changing family trip to Italy together with their two daughters. Before the trip, they took a pact and agreed that whatever they would decide on doing in the future during their trip, they would definitely go home and do. Sitting in the Campo dei Fiori in Italy, the family was captivated by the Italian ‘food-love’ culture. They saw how even the smallest serve of Prosciutto was so lovingly and carefully hand wrapped as if a gift, and then passed to the customer. It was the beauty of this exchange that inspired them to open up a food business revolving on real handmade food. With Deb’s background in Food Science, Marketing and Chocolate Product Development, the once forgotten Australian brownie concept seemed like a great place to start.

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The Dello Mano Espresso Walnut Brownie With Coffee Pot

Over a decade after igniting the Australian Brownie Revolution and becoming a Brisbane icon, Dello Mano is set on entering the international scene to bring the goodness of luxury handmade brownies to the world. When Phillip Di Bella, co-owner of Abbotsford Road Coffee Specialists, offered to put the Dello Mano Luxury Brownies up for sale in their café in Brooklyn, Dello Mano owners Deb and Bien just couldn’t resist. The partnership between Abbotsford Road Cofee Specialists and Dello Mano is indeed quite perfect. Abbotsford Road believes that the only thing better than a cup of coffee is a delicious treat to go with it while Dello Mano believes that there is no better treat than the Dello Mano Luxury Brownie. This is a significant step for Dello Mano and a great start in achieving its dream of international presence. Who knows, we might be seeing a Dello Mano café in New York very soon.

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