Scarborough cafe Pachamama conscious of effects on environment


Conscious cafe Pachamama owners Damian Sullivan and Jac Olsen. Left: A smoothie bowl.
Scarborough cafe Pachamama conscious of effects on environment
Conscious cafe Pachamama owners Damian Sullivan and Jac Olsen. Left: A smoothie bowl.

OWNERS of Scarborough’s newest ‘conscious cafe’ Pachamama aim to leave a big impact on the community but not the environment.

The cafe’s name is an Inca translation of mother earth and owners Damian Sullivan and Jac Olsen are hoping to be 100 per cent plastic free, with limited food wastage.

Chef Ms Olsen said a passion for sustainability drove her to the goal of being plastic free.

“At the moment we are about 90 per cent plastic free; it takes a little more time, thought and effort but will save you money in the long run,” Ms Olsen said.

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“Everything we buy is bought in bulk, even down to the milk, which is transferred into bottles when it is delivered; we don’t use glad- wrap or plastic straws.”

With a focus on locally sourced and sustainable produce, Ms Olsen said the food wastage from the cafe was also minimal.

“We compost all the leftover food and are hoping to put a compost bin out the back,” she said.

“We are doing a lot of damage (to the environment) and a lot of people think there is not much they can do on an individual level but we all able to contribute in some small way.”

A Scarborough local, Ms Olsen said she would like to see more focus on local farmers’ markets and sustainable initiatives in the area.

“I used to go Fremantle a lot and there are a lot of farmers’ markets and food collectives there but in Scarborough, our options are very limited,” she said.

Mr Sullivan said there were many considerations when it came to sourcing ethical products.

“Our coffee is roasted in Bibra Lake and with every purchase, money is put back into the farms where the coffee is grown,” he said.

Pachamama offers a range of healthy and organic breakfast and lunch options without refined sugar.

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