“This is a passion for us, not just a job, and we believe that makes all the difference in your cafe experience"
To our faithful readers, we would like to take this time to thank you for your dedication to reading our blogs and for staying up to date with us as The Meeting Place Cafe. We felt it would be a nice refresher to go back to the basics and answer the question of “why do you exist and why are you different?” We get this question often, especially when people order and then hear the phrase “the suggested donation is…” If you have come to our cafe, you would know that we are a donations based coffee shop that exists for the purpose of serving quality coffee in an environment that builds community. We are here to bless people and to offer coffee to anyone and everyone who comes through our doors, whether they can pay for it or not. It is our hope and desire that everyone who walks through these doors would feel welcomed and know that this is a place where you as a customer are seen and heard, you are valued, and appreciated, and we care about you and what you have to say. The staff at The Meeting Place cafe are easy to talk to and interested in hearing your stories and keeping up with what’s happening in your life. But why is this the case? We are a group of volunteers who are passionate about God and about making Him known to the world. We believe that the greatest commandment found in the Bible says "Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” The staff at The Meeting Place Cafe are all volunteers who come from all over the world in order to train and practice how to run a coffee shop both as a business and also as a ministry, they are young people who have a heart for missions and for reaching many different kinds of people through their businesses. They come here to learn how it’s all done and how they can go and take this idea into other countries and therefore be a blessing to other communities. This is a passion for us, not just a job, and we believe that makes all the difference in your cafe experience. If you haven’t had a chance to come by and have a coffee, please don’t hesitate any longer and when you do come, let us know that you have been reading our blog! It is an honour and a privilege to be able to serve coffee and spread hope and joy no matter who you are or what you believe. We love and appreciate you and look forward to seeing you come through our doors!
Tamborine Mountain is more than just a place to catch pretty views. Last month, our cafe internship team was able to take a trip to Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation to learn more about coffee farming and the bean to cup process. Before going on the plantation tour, we were able to sit at the cafe and enjoy delicious coffee and baked goods. Their Australian-Grown tasting board featured their award-winning coffee beans in 4 forms (flat white, espresso, batch brew, and cascara) each with a smooth taste that delighted us with every sip. The cafe boasts a friendly and engaging staff along with delicious home-baked pastries making this place a must try for anyone looking to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city.
After enjoying our time at the cafe, we joined the plantation tour to learn more about the process of roasting and brewing coffee beans. The tour was informative and entertaining with a walk through the coffee trees and a tour of their roastery. During harvest season, the plantation opens up for volunteers who are willing to spend the day picking coffee beans from the trees for a more hands on experience. The tour ended with a coffee tasting that didn’t disappoint. Overall, we highly recommend this experience for anyone wanting to learn more about what goes into their favorite cuppa.
For more information, visit Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation
Apps exist for so many things these days, but who would've thought that you could improve your home brewing experience with an easy to use app like Filtru Coffee. This is a home brewing app that walks you through the process of using a variety of methods from AeroPress to Moka Pot. You can connect this app to a Bluetooth scale in order to track your brewing data, and Filtru keeps a history of each time you've used a brewing method and the data connected with that attempt. It is a great way to grow your skills at home, improve consistency, and even learn new methods of home brewing.
Learn more at Filtru Coffee
No matter what's going on around us, the world keeps running and we still need our daily coffee to fuel us through the day. But what's worse than having an amazing home brewing method and not knowing how to use it? I can't think of anything. So, we're here to help you get that perfect cup of coffee from home with a V60.
On a sunshiny Sunday afternoon, the Lanes Coffee Festival captivated the hearts of two coffee-culture loving baristas. From the moment we turned our eyes to the hidden alleys of Fortitude Valley, we were filled with the contagious life and joy shared by this community of coffee connoisseurs. Live music and the scent of freshly brewed coffee stimulated our senses, with the atmosphere bringing a well-balanced mixture of expertise, hospitality, and an apparent love for people and the profession. A sense of refreshment and renewed inspiration quickly followed. After all, it's not everyday that you stumble across a community of businesses that can find the beauty of balance through expertise, maintaining their vision, quality customer service, and care for their employees.
As we approached each coffee stand, a friendly invitation to share a free cuppa (or four) instantly followed. Although my personal perception of something given freely is generally accompanied by an expectation of receiving a mediocre product, this was not the case. Each stand openly shared the best they had to offer, as well as a thorough explanation of the origin of each roast. And before being permitted to leave a stand, we were almost always given a coupon inviting us to enjoy another free cuppa at their cafe, the generosity consistent and unending throughout each pop-up.
To add to the overall experience, the baristas consistently struck up a conversation with each of their customers. After hundreds of people passing through these stands for free coffee for hours on end, the passion these people had for their work never wavered, they continued to equally value each customer, making it evident they were in the business for more than the coffee - the relationship developed with their customers was of much greater importance to them.
In my opinion, this coffee festival was a great reflection of today’s coffee culture. Yes, we tend to value the overall aesthetic of the experience and quality of coffee, but ultimately we are drawn to connection. We want to leave these cafes or cafe events feeling inspired, encouraged - like we are capable of making a difference. When stewarded well, it’s these small interactions that have the power to accomplish just that.
In the end, connection and community is what the human heart craves most in this life - coffee culture can either be to the detriment or the benefit of that desire. Which of these are we going to choose? The Lanes Coffee Festival was the setting for passionate baristas, talented coffee roasters, businesses, and people coming together to choose community, and to choose connection. I believe they chose the best things life had to offer that Sunday afternoon, if only in the form of serving free coffee for a few hours. This is the reason that these two baristas from the beginning of this story fell in love with the festival itself; not because of what was happening around us, but the implication of why. Craftsmen and consumers coming together for one magical moment to model the why of coffee culture - simply put, to enjoy this life, with connections surrounding us and a cup in hand.
Jaycie Roth -TMPC Barista and Intern
One of the best parts of being a coffee addict( most of us are!) is being able to laugh at a (WAY TOO) familiar thought that we've had about our favorite morning routine. The all too familiar drudgery before our first cup, to the predictable awakening soon after we indulge in our morning cup. Or even how committed we are to having coffee every day( or more than three a day).
We all know them, but here are a few Pinterest reminders of how much we love our coffee, how lost we would be without it, and how everyone else knows EXACTLY what we mean!!
We're back! After some time spent repainting and remodeling, TMPC is back open! Changing the color of a few walls, moving furniture, and brightening things up has made us excited for the rest of the year ahead!
We like to look into the heart behind the cafe often, to remind ourselves of the heart and purpose behind The Meeting Place Cafe. "To Create Community, and Extend Hope" is our mission statement, and that's what we try to do every opportunity we have! From being donations-based, volunteer staff, and giving back to the community, we want to create a positive place for everyone to come to!
We also have a passion for excellent coffee and business practices. We’ve been able to give to several causes recently from the donations we’ve received, such as the Freedom Hub in Gold Coast. Our baristas love their craft and are hard at work every day practicing their craft, and serving excellent brews.
It’s such a pleasure to be part of our community, and we can’t wait to see what’s next!
So come on down, grab a cuppa, and see what makes The Meeting Place different from every other cafe you’ve ever been to!
See you soon!
Cold and rainy days, if spent well, are some of my favorite days! Listening to the gentle rain falling around me while curled up under a comfy blanket, with a cup of coffee, a book, and some music. A day with no plans, nowhere important to be, and no rushing around.
This idea got me thinking of a few of the essentials to a rainy day in.
What specifically makes these days so relaxing and enjoyable? I came up with a few ideas to help you enjoy your next rainy winter day!
Coffee: A steaming hot Cappuccino, or your favorite home brew! I love the calming warmth of a Latte, or a Chai Latte if you aren't the coffee type.
Your'e welcome here as well!:)
Blanket: Something SOFT! Preferably warm and large enough to cover your toes!
Location: Anywhere with a window, a balcony, or a lounge!
As long as it has a comfy chair to relax in!
Book: A fantasy adventure is preferred here! Medieval Knights, castles, and adventure are my current favorites!
Music: Novo Amor is a favorite! Jose Gonzalez, Vance Joy, and Mumford and Sons are some perfect additions as well! Spotify and Apple Music have some great playlists if your'e looking to discover some new music for rainy days as well!
So slow down, grab a book, a cuppa, and a blanket.
Relax and enjoy a perfect rainy day!
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