African twist for Aussies

Jason Allegretta wants Karibu to become ‘a haven, a break from the worries outside’. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d422021
Jason Allegretta wants Karibu to become ‘a haven, a break from the worries outside’. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d422021

Karibu, meaning welcome in Swahili, pays homage to owner Jason Allegretta’s wife Noreen, whose roots are in coastal Kenya.

The duo started the quaint cafe in March and hints of Noreen’s culture can be seen throughout the decor, which she designed and hand picked.

Jason said the husband and wife team had been in the industry for about four years and were passionate coffee enthusiasts who prided themselves on providing freshly prepared meals and quality healthy options.

Having previously created African-inspired Kahawa Cafe in Claremont, the pair felt it was time to realise their new dream and take the concept of good food, great coffee and friendly customer service to a whole new level.

‘You will find some of our menu selections feature an African twist on modern or classic Aussie meals, something that is a little unique in this part of the world and our customers have shown appreciation for,’ he said.

‘Our menu is dynamic, with new items daily, so you can count on finding something different and exciting to tantalise your taste buds each time.

‘And of course the coffee is the constant here, but we do like to surprise patrons with personalised latte art.’

Passionate about his coffee, Jason said it was their coffee blend that set them apart from the others.

‘We only use 100 per cent Arabica beans from East and Southern Africa,’ he said.

‘Sourced from a selection of plantations in the area, these beans are high-quality and result in brews which achieve a higher level of coffee satisfaction.’