Yesterday morning, I and a couple of other staff at the Meeting Place went on a little adventure to try a new cafe! We went to a place called the Freedom Hub in Gold Coast, which we had heard all of it's profits go into rescuing sex trafficking victims and child soldiers. That definitely piqued our interest, so off we went to go see what this cafe is all about! We walked into a garage door opening and were amazed at the aesthetic of this cafe - modern, sleek, adorable, but above all else: intentional. This cafe's decor was so fitting to the cause it's fighting for, with raw woods, caged lights, those ropes you might see on a ship, the big brown ones that kind of make you think about slavery, and to top it all off, stories upon stories on the walls of young women they've helped to rescue from this industry, and where they are now! (Pictures next to stories are of models for the women's protection). Already in love with the cafe, we got coffees and sat down. Noticing little details like the board with a funny Christmas joke, or the stark white espresso machine, in contrast to the rest of the atmosphere, and finding a booklet that describes more what their vision is. Everything that we learned about this cafe, we liked it more and more. Our coffees arrived, flat whites and long blacks galore, and with that environment, the coffee quality was of course worth the drive! After sitting for a while and daydreaming about how we would take this cafe's idea and incorporate it into our own *hopeful* cafes, we stood up and thanked the baristas for what they do, and we took a picture outside the door to commemorate our adventure into an adorable cafe with a huge heart, and coffee good enough to go along with it, rounding it out to be an amazing experience. 10/10 would recommend if you have a day off in the Goldie. Thank you so much for reading, and don't forget to check them out!
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