Other Projects: In Australia
In our journey to bring delicious coffee to life, we come across a range of opportunities that grab at our heart strings and offer us the chance to reach out and impact people positively.
After years of direct trade sourcing, we’ve developed some incredible relationships and been offered a unique insight into the lives of many of our partners at origin. But it’s not just supplying countries the coffee chain touches, so we also believe in supporting local grassroots initiatives in our own backyard – Australia.
Take a quick look at some of the projects below; some might even be in your local area!
The Underground Collaborative strive to break the cycle of homelessness by finding employment and housing solutions. We are stoked to be a part of their Ground + Co project – a café in Perth’s CBD that will train and employ marginalised individuals, giving them at least 6 months experience to help them to improve their circumstances through both employment and, perhaps more importantly, community involvement.
How we help: Five Senses provides cost-price coffee and free barista training to provide experience and skills.
Frankston North Community Centre's Youth Cafe
The Youth Café is a local council initiative to provide hospitality training for groups of local students each term that can assist them in finding avenues for employment and provide positive experience they may otherwise not be afforded.
How we help: provide dedicated barista training classes as well as experience in other aspects of the coffee industry – from roasting to the greater hospitality field.
We’ve been thrilled to feed their curiosity and exemplify what positive hospitality can feel like. Whether holding green coffee beans to smelling the oh-so-beautiful sugar browning process in the roaster; learning that slurping is not rude on the cupping table and how to prepare delicious espresso on commercial equipment; teaching the principles of hospitality and the art of penning a strong resume; it’s a privilege to see these young legends jump right in. Each time we can’t hide our passion for what we do, but they haven’t been scared off yet! Another nice reminder of coffee’s great potential to impact people positively right on through this deep supply chain.
Hale School - Open Early for a Cause
The Chime Cafe at the Hale School in Perth, Western Australia is a permanent fundraising venture raising money for Nulsen Disability Services. Here, students trained by Five Senses volunteer their time to prepare coffee as all the proceeds go direct to Nulsen Charity.
The Chime Cafe itself came about following the closure of the Scope Cafe in Floreat, location of the original ‘Open Early For A Cause’ initiative that saw year 11 students running the business from 6-7:30am daily and relative funds donated to Nulsen. When the space closed down the school community came together and the idea for Chime was born – a permanent school run space serving up great coffee for a great cause, run by students. Five Senses is proud to provide complimentary barista training to students working the cafe and has to this day seen around 130 Hale students through its academy doors.