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This pint-sized cafe is housed in a former corner store in suburban Cole Street – a stone's throw from the Enoggera Army Barracks. You'll know you have found it when you see the black and white striped blind hanging from the front of the shop. The essence of the sweet café is grounded in sustainability and many of the features reflect this value. Keep reading to find out what I mean.
The first clue was the seating. I grabbed a pew in one of the bespoke, handcrafted bench seats outside to catch some Spring rays. These unique seats have a base built out of a standard wooden crate (and which are surprisingly comfortable). Each has been complemented with a backing board and finished off with some faux green grass for extra softness and comfort. Plastic, black milk crates, covered with cushions, are also on hand for extra guests.
What is inside? I stepped past the Yucca plants and through the front door to the Soul Revolver counter which serves up Neighbourhood Coffee, from Albion, alongside some tempting savoury and sweet muffins.
My large chai latte ($6.00) arrived shortly after in a hand-glazed rustic, nature-inspired Olympia Kiln pottery mug, matching saucer and a cheeky mini chocolate Oreo biscuit on the side. If you don't have time to stay and need a drive-by caffeine hit, it's good to know that the takeaway cups and lids are completely renewable and compostable.
Beyond food, organic tea and coffee, the cafe stocks a small range of gifts, plants, bunches of cut flowers and eco-friendly Rosie Lou cards as well as stocking Botanists aromatherapy. To stay on-trend,the uber-cool fashion, music and culture magazine, Gum, is available to flick through as well as the local newspapers while savouring your drink. Slow Journal is also in store.
Making the most of Spent Beans While outside the café, I spotted 2 extra standout sustainable features. The first is the silver, tin bucket of "spent beans". These used coffee grounds are available for customers to scoop up a supply and take home to nourish their gardens.
I did a quick online check with Costa and the Gardening Australia team who agreed that coffee grounds are high in potassium and nitrogen and the high carbon content helps feed the soil. They advise that coffee grounds on their own are too acidic to be used straight on the garden but, once mixed with other organic matter such as manure or organic garden waste, they can make a fantastic compost mix for use in the garden. How good is that! The Community Book Exchange The second thing to be sure not to pass by is the Community Book Exchange, also located outside the cafe. As an avid reader, I am always delighted and excited when I find a street library.
So you can imagine my reaction when I spotted what appeared to be a handmade book exchange library right outside the cafe. The book exchange is a great recycling initiative and way to share and trade books while also giving them a second life.
Always with a book in my hand, I was able to offer one that I had finished, select another one and begin exploring another literary adventure. At the same, I wondered where the book had come from, who had turned the pages before me and what adventure had it experienced in its own literary life.
So, with a tummy full of chai, some beans for my plants and a re-homed novel under my arm, I left feeling that my soul had surely been nourished and the memory of my visit will endure for at the least 496 pages of my next read, if not longer.
Soul Revolver is open seven days (Mon 6:30am - 11:30 am Tue-Sun 6:30am - 2:30pm) Street parking is available in Cole Street and a bus also stops right outside. Alderley is situated 7 kms from the CBD.