Enterprise name   The Merri Cafe

What’s the trading activity    The Merri Cafe is located at CERES Community Environment Park in Brunswick East. We offer breakfast and lunch, coffee and house-made kombucha, as well as biodynamic wines and and organic beer. We use produce grown on site in our menu, and source from local producers and suppliers.

What’s the social or environmental cause your enterprise addresses?

Sustainable food choices are very important to us and they link to what features on the menu at The Merri Cafe. Being aware of food sources, food miles, ethical food production and how this all links back to climate change drives the choices we make. We strive to engage locally produced ingredients in our dishes, and consider the way these products have been grown and raised. Last year we went 100% organic which is a wonderful step for us! All profits from the cafe go back into supporting CERES activities and programs.

What is the biggest challenge?

Sometimes the choices of supplier can be complicated and we are continually reviewing our offerings to make sure they are best practice. We try to provide options for all food intolerances, and have reduced the number of meat dishes on the menu. It is sometimes difficult to balance affordability with good quality, organic ingredients, however sourcing more of our produce from the site is a future goal. 

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