Supporting the Local Community
“We don’t employ people to make coffee; we make coffee so we can employ people.”
Espresso Train is an initiative of the Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative (NCEC). Our motto encapsulates our mission of providing meaningful employment for people with a disability. We are a not-for-profit registered charity. The social enterprise is not owned by anyone, instead staff are members of the cooperative. Some staff sit on the Board along with expert advisors who help make us inclusive & efficient.
We think global and act local by giving food waste to Nundah Co-op member James who, via a wonderful worm farm set-up, turns it into fertile compost and worm juice. He then bottles the juice for us to sell at the café. The worm juice concentrate is fabulous for returning nutrients to your potted plants or garden beds. James uses the compost to grow fresh vege’s which sometimes feature in our cabinet specials.
Our café is solar powered and we’re working on installing more panels so that we can reduce our heavy load. All those fridges, ovens and kitchen equipment draw a lot of energy. Our aim is to be energy neutral by 2020.
We are conscious of our water use and take steps to reduce waste-water by filling buckets for rinsing dishes, instead of the big sink. We recycle cardboard, hard plastic and paper. Speaking of paper, if you’ve ever got a pile of paper printed on one side, we’ll swap it for a coffee! We cut it up and use it to write orders on, then we recycle it. Reduce, Reuse, Recyle!