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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Fair Trade Coffee Company, Glebe

EDIT: Fair Trade Coffee Company has closed

The Fair Trade Coffee Company opened in Glebe in late August, the first cafe in Sydney to sell and serve coffee and tea that is only fair trade, meaning Third World producers are actively paid fair prices.

fair trade coffee company

The cafe also has an extensive eat-in menu with breakfast served until 3pm and a range of light meals and daily specials.

coffee counter
Fair Trade Coffee Company front counter

Saffron and I had only popped in to have a quick lunch, but time seems to slow down to a crawl as soon as you take a step in here: the homey wooden tables, the rattan blinds and the cheerful disposition of staff make you feel like you're on a remote relaxed holiday far far away from the city hustle and bustle.

hot chocolate
Hot chocolate $3.50

scrambled eggs on toast
Scrambled eggs on sourdough $5.50

The prices are all fairly reasonable and the service, although not militarily efficient, was enthusiastically warm and accompanied by genuine honest smiles.

tamari tofu
Tamari scrambled tofu $7.20
served with seasonal vegetables, tahini and soy linseed sourdough


mushrooms
Garlic and parsley grilled mushrooms $2.50

spelt crepes with spinach
Savoury spelt crepes with spinach and fetta $7.80

spinach crepe innards

Fair Trade Coffee Company (CLOSED)
33 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney


Tel: +61 (02) 9660 0621

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 10/03/2006 12:01:00 am


12 Comments:

  • At 10/02/2006 11:48 pm, Anonymous FFichiban said…

    hooray for the hot chocolate! and the egg and sourdough looks delicious. Well actually all of it looks soo good! me am hungry now XD

     
  • At 10/03/2006 12:28 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi FFichiban - Hooray for hot chocolate indeed. It was skim milk and fair trade cocoa too. You can't get much more guilt-free than that!

     
  • At 10/03/2006 7:35 am, Anonymous Miss K said…

    It looks so good,and cheap.
    I recently drove past Glebe recently and was surprised by the amount of cafes along Glebe Point Road,have to go back soon.

     
  • At 10/03/2006 8:33 am, Blogger Reb said…

    What a great cafe - nice to see that attitude to products. I hope they are a great success!

     
  • At 10/03/2006 9:44 am, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    Wow, I am pleasantly surprised by food. Go fair trade hot chocolate!

     
  • At 10/03/2006 10:09 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I went for coffee there a few weeks ago, and instantly fell in love. My favourite Glebe coffee shop! I love the homey interior, the great artworks and the welcoming feel to it. Definitely a keeper.

    Plus, fair trade...what's not to love?

     
  • At 10/03/2006 10:58 am, Blogger jenjen said…

    We were there last weekend! Although we didn't have the breakfast, just T/A coffee and hot chocolate. We did love the homeliness of the interiors, but the Glebe markets were calling us oer, so unfortunately we didn't stay.

     
  • At 10/03/2006 11:28 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I recently spent a few weeks in London, almost all cafes there make a point of saying that they sell "fair trade" coffee (and a mulitude of other products) - even a lot of supermarkets do it! Its a really big trend over there and i'm glad its moving over to Australia. :-)

     
  • At 10/03/2006 11:14 pm, Blogger Sarah said…

    That cafe looks really nice! I must remember to visit it next time I come to Sydney.

    There's this fab cafe at my uni that only serves fair trade coffee as well. They coffee there is brilliant, and the fact that it's fair trade makes me feel slightly less guilty about inhaling all that caffiene!

    xox Sarah

     
  • At 10/04/2006 12:16 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi miss k - There are heaps of cafes, restaurants and cheap eats in Glebe. It all adds to the vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere.

    Hi Reb - Me too!

    Hi Veruca Salt - Fair trade chocolate: everyone's a winner :)

    Hi Anonymous - I agree. There are definitely good vibes about the place, both in mission and spirit.

    Hi jenjen - Ahh yes the Glebe markets. So many distractions. I hope you enjoyed your coffee and hot choc.

    Hi Anonymous - I, too, noticed the widespread push for organic, sustainable and fair trade products in the UK. Great to see it spreading here.

    Hi Sarah - Hope you do. Just schedule a long leisurely lunch so you can while away the hours in peace (with your caffeine of course).

     
  • At 10/04/2006 9:12 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What about Single Origin? They've been around for some time now - even if their website is still a bit sparse.

    They sell their products to lots of other people around the place, they just don't make a song and dance about the fact that it's all Fair Trade.

    Thanks for the Glebe tip though - I'll have to check it out.

     
  • At 10/05/2006 12:51 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Anonymous - The more fair trade options, the better I say!

     

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