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Coffee community unites for CafeSmart

From the August 2015 issue.

The coffee community is joining forces today to raise money for CafeSmart, a project supporting Australia’s homeless.

On 7 August, 490 cafés across Australia are donating $1 from every coffee sold to help StreetSmart fund homeless initiatives.

Roasteries like The Little Marionette in Annandale, New South Wales got involved, with some roasters donating beans to the cafés they supply.

"When Axil Coffee Roasters asked us if we wanted to take part we were keen to get involved," said Jordan Harrick, Owner of Black Flat Coffee Brewers in Glen Waverley, Victoria. "We've had lots of customers putting up images on social media and sharing what we've put out too."

5 Senses Coffee helped Myrtle Ivy in Leederville represent the cause, along with 23 other cafés in Western Australia. A number of cafés across the country are even putting on special events for the day.

"We've got live music from a local musician and our customers are being extremely generous," said Aaron Bradley, Co-Manager of Compound Secondhand Surf and Espresso in Coolum Beach, Queesnland. "We're a not-for-profit which raises money for Christian Surfers Australia – essentially a charity supporing another charity today."

The Single Origin Roasters team got onboard in Sydney. With the Surry Hills, Botany and CBD drawing in the caring crowds.

Not to be outdone in the southern state, Three Bags Full in Abbotsford, Victoria were happy to help out.

The baristas at Yellow Bernard in Hobart, Tasmania were flat out for CafeSmart this morning – but not too busy for a quick photo. 

While the Veneziano Coffee Roasters' First Pour Brisbane team came through with the goods for Queensland.

Last year, 415 participating cafés and 21 coffee roasters raised $120,000 to fund 91 community projects. This year with the help of the above cafés CafeSmart is set to be an even bigger success.

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