Cafés doing social good during COVID-19 lockdowns

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Cafés across Australia, particularly in Victoria and New South Wales, may be facing numerous challenges during COVID-19 lockdowns, but many are still finding ways of doing social good for their communities.

“There’s been a lot of doom and gloom pervading our news feeds recently, but we can see a light at the end of this tunnel through all the good deeds still happening in our local café communities across the country,” says John Ronchi, Commercial Director at Campos Coffee.

“So we’ve put together a list of just some of the many Campos partners cafés that are generously giving back to their communities and spreading some lockdown cheer, without even having to leave your [local government area].”

Fuel Espresso in Brookvale and Narrabeen, in New South Wales, is a coffee shop and breakfast and brunch restaurant with a stylish Middle Eastern twist. To spread a much-needed caffeinated kick of positivity, Fuel is offering free coffee vouchers for customers to share with family, friends, and even complete strangers to brighten their day.

Café Racer Co is a down-to-earth parkside eatery in Mona Vale, NSW, serving lunch and brekkie staples. Locals can swing past on one of your daily exercise walks and keep their eyes peeled for special $2 coffee giveaways to spruce up their Sunday mornings.

In Victoria, Parade Espresso is sharing discounted coffees to essential workers as a thanks for their hard work keeping us all safe in this trying time. Parade Espresso works with small, local businesses to bring in vegan, gluten-free, and refined-sugar-free options for a “guilt-free treat”.

Bean Roasted in Shellharbour, NSW, is offering free coffees for various groups of people – last week was hairdressers and barbers, this week police. With more than 10 years of coffee experience, the Shellharbour store is a community staple proudly sponsoring the local AFL, Rugby, and cricket leagues, and helping raise more than $1 million for local kids in need each March through The Great Illawarra Walk.

Campos Coffee itself recently donated to the Fred Hollow Charity to support its ongoing work in Ethiopia and Kenya, two key countries where Campos sources its coffee.

“It’s easy to get lost in our news feeds when we’re all caught at home, but with our strong community spirit and positive energy, we’ll get through these lockdowns the same way we always do, together. It all starts with a cup of coffee,” John says.

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