Say NO to Plastic Bags

1 November 2013

Over December and January…

we will be giving away free jute and calico bags with every purchase.

We hope these will help prepare you for our decision to finally phase out all plastic bags in our shops by February 2013. If you do come unprepared over these months and need a plastic bag we are asking for a 0.50c donation. All money raised will go to Planet Ark in Darlinghurst and The Surf Rider Foundation in Manly.

To find out more about these charities visit their websites….. and

Stay tuned to see how much we raise for each charity by the end of January 2013.

Homeless Bread

18 April 2013

Unfortunately not all our bread finds a home each day.Ā 

Where possible we give our day-old bread to a couple of local charities in the area.Ā  The rest we keep and grind down into sourdough breadcrumbs. These crumbs find themselves in our savoury rolls such as the spinach and ricotta log yummo!!

If you are ever needing crumbs for your cooking creations come to us.

We are constantly looking for charities to take our overflow as well so if you know of any in need please email us

18 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

2 January 2013

Used coffee grounds are amazing for your garden, household, and even you!

We have a customer that uses the grounds as an exfoliant for her body.

See below for other creative suggestions and pop into one of our stores to grab a bag of the stuff….


1. Organic fertilizer: Sprinkle them in the soil of plants thatĀ love acidic soils, especially rosebushes (my roses *love* coļ¬€eeĀ grounds!), rhododendrons, camellias, evergreens, carrots,Ā and radishes.

2. Organic pest and ant repellent: Sprinkle areas whereĀ ants, slugs, and snails hang out and destroy your garden.

3. Organic cat repellent: If you want toĀ keep cats out of your plants and garden, coļ¬€ee grounds willĀ do the trick.

4. Mushroom growing soil: Inoculated mushroom plugsĀ nestled into moist coļ¬€ee grounds can mean a greatĀ mushroom crop for you. Put grounds in a glassĀ container and press a mushroom plug intoĀ them, repeating with more groundsĀ and mushroom plugs until you runĀ out of room. If you see mold,Ā just remove it.

5. Bait worm life support:Ā Add coļ¬€ee grounds toĀ soil to help keep baitĀ worms alive longer.Ā Vermicomposters canĀ feed coļ¬€ee groundsĀ to the worms. Just beĀ careful, since grounds areĀ acidic. Too much isnā€™t goodĀ for those wigglers.


6. Closet deodorizer: OldĀ pantyhose plus coļ¬€ee grounds equals

a sachet to keep your closet free of odors.Ā Stick a sachet of dried coļ¬€ee grounds into a smellyĀ pair of shoes to get rid of the stink.Ā Scrub your hands with spent coļ¬€ee grounds after choppingĀ onion or garlic to get the smell oļ¬€ of your skin

7. Refrigerator and freezer deodorizer: Place ground inĀ a small cup and in the fridge or freezer much as you wouldĀ baking soda.

8. Pin cushion ļ¬ller: If you still use pin cushions (like I do),Ā dried coļ¬€ee grounds are a great ļ¬ller for the cushions.

9. Abrasive cleaner: For stubborn grease and stains on potsĀ and pans, coļ¬€ee grounds really get in there and do the job.

10. Dust deļ¬‚ector: Weā€™re talking about the ļ¬replace here;Ā sprinkle coļ¬€ee grounds on ashes before you start collectingĀ them to minimize the dust.

11. Furniture scratch toucher upper: Use a Q-tip and coļ¬€eeĀ grounds to ļ¬ll in scratches on wooden furnitureā€“rememberĀ the coļ¬€ee will stain the wood a bit, so donā€™t use it onĀ something that wonā€™t match.

12. Drain cleaner: Be careful with this one as you donā€™tĀ want to clog your drain with coļ¬€ee grounds! *But* toĀ counter odors coming from your drain, you can pour about aĀ half a cup of coļ¬€ee grains down the drain followed by boilingĀ hot water to get the grounds through. No more smells!

13. Meat tenderizer: This is one for leftover coļ¬€ee asĀ opposed to coļ¬€ee grounds; soak steaks in coļ¬€ee to tenderizeĀ and for an interesting added ļ¬‚avor.

14. Chocolate cake ļ¬‚avorer: Used grounds and freshĀ grounds both give a little kick to chocolate baked goods,including brownies.


15. Hand soap: Rub groundsĀ on your hands to get rid ofĀ stubborn odors like onionĀ and garlic.

16. Face mask: AnĀ egg white mixed with 1/4Ā cup grounds makes a greatĀ exfoliating face mask.Ā Mix with mashedĀ avocado for anĀ invigorating face mask.

17. Hair rinse: After washing your hair,Ā rub in coļ¬€ee grounds for shine, softness, andĀ even a bit of color for those of you who are dark-haired;Ā remember coļ¬€ee grounds act as a dye, so if you have lightĀ hair, unless you want highlights, this one isnā€™t for you.

18. Cellulite rub: Mix one tablespoon of olive oil with 1/4Ā cup moist, warm coļ¬€ee grounds and spread on cellulite hotĀ spots. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap, leave on for a fewĀ minutes, and then remove wrap and shower as normal. ForĀ best results, do a couple times a week.