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Published September 24th 2012
Fair Coffee and a Fair Go
After a cup of coffee that is both unique and Earth friendly? 2Pocket Fairtrade Coffee Bar promotes itself on its website as providing products that are both ethical and of good quality.
This coffee spot seemed to pop up overnight in a very convenient place, as it is next to both the shops at Melbourne Central and near the Queen Victoria shopping centre. So, when your feet are tired from all that retail therapy, you can rest them with some very wholesome coffee or a hot chocolate.
The decor catches your eye straight away ,as it has both trendy, minimalist lines, as well as a recycled feel. You will be perching
up at a table sitting atop of very fashionable milk crates that are covered with what I would refer to as a burlap material.
As you sip your hot or cold beverage, your eyes take in several Fair Trade gift items, such as little wooden knick knacks and stationery. These items are on sale to support communities and countries, as well as to raise awareness about Fairtrade. What's more, you get a great view of Little Lonsdale from the wide window that faces the street. You can check out the different fashions on people as they walk by or relax, sit and read a good book.
Coffees were in the usual range of between $3-4 and while nothing phenomenal, are perfectly decent. What really draws you in is the chicness of the down-to-earth feel. As you enter you actually do walk down an incline and the floor is lower than the street level, you really do sink into the place.
You don't have to worry about feeling too submerged though. The ceilings are high with an exposed ventilation system and metal beams. 2Pocket definitely offers that outdoor urban comes indoor design. Combine this with the red brick wall and a few clever interior design touches and you can boast you are helping the planet (and on to the newest hidden gem).
Come and check it out before too many coffee fans uncover this tucked away shop and cafe.
I recently visited this coffee place in Little Lonsdale street,its a hidden gem,the staff were great and so was the coffee.Good to see that some Business people still have the moral fortitude to help and assist 3rd worls people to enhance there employment opportunities.I bought some goods made in Myama and they tell me it kept a village lady in employment for 3 weeks to make it.Hope they sell more.