our philosophy

 

Here at the driftwood café we have a strong commitment to using organic, local, free range, seasonal and fresh produce, where we can,to ensure that the food we serve is of the highest quality.

We believe in reducing our environmental impact whenever possible.  Eco-friendly paint on the walls, the re-purposed timber tables (made from old pallets), low energy L.E.D. lighting throughout and environmentally responsible chemicals are just a few carefully considered environmental choices we have made.  All of our disposable products including recycled paper napkins, toilet paper, menus and paper bags, bamboo food trays, bio-degradable coffee and plastic cups have been sourced for their environmental advantages. To further reduce our landfill needs, we encourage the use of re-usable coffee cups with a 50 cent discount for any take away coffee if you bring your own cup.

 

our community

 

Ocean Grove is a small and vibrant community
and we plan to put back in whenever possible.  
For every cup of coffee sold, in our first year, we donated a percentage of the profit to
Ocean Grove Primary School. This enabled them to join the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Program,
which teaches children to grow, cook and share
food grown at the school. We helped to rebuild and expand the educational garden, helped feed the chickens and donated a hungry worm farm too! 

 

We more recently started to contribute to the
Surfside Primary School kitchen garden program on a regular basis, to ensure that more children experience the pleasure there is in growing,
cooking and enjoying fresh food.

This year our twin boys will be starting prep at Our Lady Star of the Sea so we will be looking at helping their school continue to develop it's garden & kitchen programs.

our suppliers

 

Red Star Roasters

We get our fantastic coffee from Red Star Roasters, using their signature blend Lot 8-72. They use sustainably sourced beans from the world’s most famous coffee growing regions. About half of their coffee is purchased direct from a small coffee co-operative in Colombia, where they commit to an annual purchase of their entire crop. They are committed to specialty coffee, the environment and a fair go for growers – they were the first coffee company in Australia to be 100% carbon offset from tree to cup and their coffee is ethically sourced.

The Eggman

The Egg Man farms quality free-range eggs where the hens roam free from dawn until dusk enjoying the warmth of the sunshine and the shade of the gum trees.

The Egg Man, Will Evans and his wife Julia Evans, have been farming free-range eggs since 1999 on his 60-acre property, ‘Willawarra’.

Local Wines & Beers

We have an amazing list of craft beers and wines, featuring many from the Bellarine & Otways. Banks Road, Prickly Moses, Southern Bay Brewing Co., Baie Wines & Basil Farms, just to name a few.

Local Producers

We are also very lucky to get beautiful fresh local produce from local growers throughout the region.

Jonesys Milk

At Jonesys Dairy Fresh they want to make sure the farmer gets a fair price for his milk and consumers get a great tasting product at a good price.

That way, not only are you getting a great product, Australian dairy farmers are getting a fair go.