So what can we do? One way is to get involved is CafeSmart, a new project by StreetSmart. When you buy a coffee tomorrow from a participating western suburbs business, 100% of $1 out of that coffee will be put into a fund. When the campaign's over, local organisations will be able to apply for grants out of that fund. In the past, through CafeSmart and DineSmart StreetSmart has channelled funds to the Iramoo Youth Refuge in Footscray, Flat Out in Flemington (supporting women upon release from prison), and the Multicultural Sudanese Centre, also in Flemington.
So let me twist your arm - go on, sigh a big heavy-hearted sigh and force yourself to buy a coffee from any one of these fabulous western/NW suburbs participating businesses. I know I will be doing my civic duty!
* Sourdough Kitchen
* Common Galaxia
* West 48
* Footscray Milking Station
* Reverence Coffee and Tea
* STREAT Flemington (formerly Social Roasting Company)
Thanks very much to Kate from Sourdough Kitchen who got in touch to spread the word about CafeSmart. While we're here, let's talk about SK. There've been some changes here, from new staff, new bread lines (like beetroot and hazelnut) and a brand new cooked breakfast menu. I'm digging the natty blue aprons!
It was so busy here on a Saturday morning, and I can see how the staff have to juggle a line of customers wanting a loaf of bread plus a full house of eat-in patrons. They did a great job this morning.
Coffee is by Genovese with that old-school, pleasantly bitter espresso edge.
Sourdough have not gone too crazy with their breakfasts, evidently preferring to keep it simple and reply on good quality produce to do the talking. Bryan relished this simple combo of maple-glazed bacon, spinach, mushroom and perfect eggs.
Everything that Sourdough Kitchen make is sourdough - right down to the buttery French pastries. This makes them tangy and slightly heavier than their yeast-raised counterparts. I know some people don't dig this, but as a sourdough nut, I love them! Try the croissant with tangy plum jam...
...or an innocent fruit bun...
$5.20 (dairy free!)
...or the big berry scroll bursting with raspberries and melty dark chocolate!
But most of all, buy a coffee from a CafeSmart participant tomorrow. You might think it's a drop in the ocean, but many drops make a drought-quenching rainstorm.
172 Victoria Street, Seddon
NOW OPEN SEVEN DAYS
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