Hands up if you’re still buying your coffee in a takeaway cup? It’s been a year since the ABC’s War on Waste documentary took a close look at the impact of disposable coffee cups on the environment, and suffice to say that not much has much actually changed: most people are still buying their coffee in takeaway cups.
Yep, our takeaway cups are recyclable and compostable, but how many actually make it into the recycle bin? Where the heck are the public green waste bins? I don’t see them in the street. Is there one in your office? When you get home does your empty hit your recycle bin? Learn how you can win by switching to a reusable cup.
The good news is that as well as being better for the planet, using a reusable cup is also better for your bank balance. This is because most cafés, including Derailleur, offer a discount when you present your own cup.
Cafe Derailleur purchases local- where we can. Local production is where it will be at and we’ll all need to upskill for that future. I started ensuring I purchased local a couple of years after Derailleur opened. It was not my goal to purchase local when we started. We only planned on being a small neighbourhood espresso bar with some light snacks. Demand grew and so did our staff, our kitchen and our skills. Surely I can purchase local too. Where to start?
The world of coffee is full of passionante people that connect in many ways. Anna saw my post Turning to the Dark Side while creating some simple rules for travellers to Italy so they can understand and enjoy Italy's coffee and Cafe culture. Read her Guest Blog and let me know what you think. Enjoy!
So how do you create a new dish, Eric? It’s a commonly asked question, and although the process varies each time, I’ve seen a few dishes come and go so I’d like to let you in on the journey with our latest Café Derailleur addition- Sweet potato cakeswith peanut satay, chilli, lime, smashed avocado, English spinach and coconut bacon.
When bike riders visit our cafe we welcome them, because we know that cycling’s as healthy for the waistline as it is for our local economy. We also want them to be safe so we point out the best rides, roads and routes and highlight other cycle-friendly eating places. That's what I did with Jim Freeman and his friend when they dropped into Cafe Derailleur for lunch a few Fridays ago.