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Published August 31st 2014
Coffee and Spice, A Fulfilled Life
East of Java and south of Goroka sits the Cargo Shack, a little piece of exotica and calm in the heart of The Wharf, Mooloolaba. It is a cafe with so much more than first appears.
Welcome to the Shack
Bina and Nahm, the owners, have realised a space where patrons can sit indoors or al fresco to sip full-bodied coffee (their own locally roasted blend of organically certified Arabica and East Timor beans, from under the forest canopy); taste tantalising gluten and dairy free cakes (again, locally made), and relax surrounded by the calm ambience of the space's simple timberwork, furnishings and warm colours and The Wharf's blue vistas.
There's more. The Cargo Shack is an outlet of Binahm spices and herbs, a range of unique blends from organically certified suppliers for the making of curries and dahls, and specialty teas. Bina and Nahm also purvey these in local markets.
The Binahm Spice Range
And then, there are the fashion and art wares. Jewellery, hats, dresses, paintings, crafts and arts, real 'cargo', are displayed in wall mounted 'crates' and stands. The 'crates' showcase the works of local artists and Cargo Shack hands on monies from the sales of their works.
Artworks and Crates
Continuing the 'exotic' is the Cargo Shack's cultural events. On various evenings it doubles as a venue. First Wednesday of the month, it hosts a free 'open mike' jam session, for performers and listeners, 6 pm till late. Thursday evenings, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, it holds guided meditation, $20 per session, planned in four week blocks. Attendance requires booking. Contact Cargo Shack (0412 526 972) or Soul Freedom 0437 937 026).
The Cargo Shack opens seven days a week, 7 am – 4 pm (later on event evenings). Find it easily – it really is in the centre of The Wharf precinct. And, of course, Bina and Nahm invite you to follow developments on Facebook.