The Essential Ingredient Newcastle is proud to be a part of the wonderful foodies’ paradise that is the Hunter Valley. We love to stock quality local produce, and to bring you hand selected food and kitchenware from around Australia and the world. Everything we choose to sell has its own special story. These are among our favourites, which you won’t find in the online store.
Serious Deliria Cold Brew Coffee is an alternative and delicious way to experience freshly roasted coffee. The beans are immersed in cold water for 12-20 hours, depending on the roast and origin. Due to the slow process and low temperatures, the true essence of the coffee bean is captured- resulting in a smooth, rich, highly caffeinated concentrate. Use it to make traditional iced coffees, smoothies, cocktails, ice blocks, thick shakes, affogatos, as flavouring in your baked goods, and much more. Find it on our fridge.
Papanui is a property near Merriwa in the Upper Hunter Valley, where chooks are free to roam, following cattle in a planned grazing system, moving every few days to fresh pasture.
They are protected by Maremma dogs from foxes, eagles and other prey. Papanui Open Range Eggs are regular winners in the Delicious Magazine produce awards.
Hunter Valley Verjuice is made from unripened semillon grapes grown in the Hunter region. It adds acidity to cooking in place of vinegar or wine, but it is not as strong as other acidulates so there is less chance of it masking flavours. Use in sauces, dressings and as a condiment.
Bring a little sweetness to your life with meringues from Newcastle’s boutique bakery Dough & Co. Available as kisses in jar or shards in cellophane, these sugary light meringues feature 100% fruit flavours.
Pepe Saya cultured butter is handmade, and full of probiotics products that are beneficial for gut health. Cultured butter not only tastes better, but it’s better for you, and unlike supermarket butter, spreads much easier straight from the fridge. We stock Pepe Saya cultured butter and ghee, and can order in his mascarpone and crème fraîchee on request.
Our delicatessen has a wide range of fresh produce, including a selection of gourmet cheeses, meats, fish, pates, terrines, dips, pesto hummus, tapanade, confit, take home meals fresh made, ready to roll pastry and more. Dishes available depend on the season and demand. If you want a particular dish from our selection, please call ahead on 4926 1991. Read more about our fresh deli section here.
Tar10 produce a range of gluten and preservative free condiments includes jams, marmalades, oils, vinegars, sauces, chutneys, relishes, pickles, dressings, aioli, mayonnaise, and caramelised onion and capsicums, as well as a sweet range of sticky fig and dulche de leche.
This Extra Virgin Olive Oil features complex tropical fruit aromas and flavours with a balance of pepper, made from olives grown in the beautiful Central Tablelands of New South Wales. These olives are then pressed within 6 hours of harvest on the very same day, guaranteeing you the finest and freshest extra virgin olive oil that is full of flavour.
Set right in the middle of the Hunter Valley’s fabulous Pokolbin vineyard district, Binnorie Dairy produces a range of cheeses with distinctive characters unavailable outside the region. We proudly carry Binnorie Dairy’s chevre log, labna and marinated fetta.
The Pukara Estate at Muswellbook makes some of Australia’s best olive oils. Their Limited Edition Novello: Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the first pressed oil from the years harvest. Only 1500 exclusive bottles are available each year. We also stock a range of their flavoured oils.
Darks Coffee Roasters was established out of a simple desire for a better coffee. Darks provides select, specialty coffees, hand roasted in small batches to highlight the unique qualities and attributes of the beans. They offer a range of brew specific coffees from the carefully blended, rich and full bodied coffees for espresso machine through to micro lot single origins and lighter roasts suitable for alternative brew methods.
Herbie’s Spices is famous throughout Australia for quality herbs and spices. Run by Ian Hemphill, Herbies has more than 350 different spice blends, herbs, dried berries and powders. We stock 130 of the most popular but can order in anything from the Herbie’s range.
Nestled between Wollemi and Yengo National Park, Chris and Louise of Wallaroo Olives hand-pick, process and jar the olives at their grove under the watchful eyes of the resident wallabies and kangaroos. Chris and Louise planted their grove in 2005 and produce the highest quality of Kalamata, Azapa and Frantoio table olives.