cafe opens september 2008
the hub of the community with a social conscienceWe have never sold any drinks in plastic bottles, rarely sell bottled water - if we do it's from Scotland. We refuse to sell the usual fizzy drinks, selling lemonade made in the cafe instead. We've always used Clipper organic fair-trade tea. We always used organic bread for sandwiches. We make as much as we can from scratch on the premises.
take-away packaging100% plastic-free take-away cups and lids, wooden take-away cutlery, napkins from recyled paper from Biopak
direct trade coffee & chocolateStarted selling directly-traded coffee from ethical coffee roasters. We've always used Divine hot chocolate, & for many years we have used fair-trade, organic chocolate + cocoa for baking
fuel supplyGas and electricity transferred to 100% renewable supplier Good Energy
meat-freeThe cafe became vegetarian and vegan, due to climate change and animal welfare
ethical bankingBank account now with Co-operative Bank, an ethical bank
green waste recyclingComposting of all green waste including coffee grounds + napkins
wildlife pondPond built in Iliffe Yard ! As well as giving relief on the extra-hot days, it provides a home for frogs and insects, and water for bees and other insects to drink. Our own little eco-system !
baking breadAll bread now baked on the premises using organic flour. This helps reduce plastic waste as the bread had been packaged in plastic
plastic-freeNow only using natural cleaning and kitchen products which are 100% biodegradable, including scourers and cling film. We shop at Peace with the Wild