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To enquire about our Cart Café services, or to book a mobile cart for your next event, call us on 02 6621 7397,  email cartcafe@nrcg.org.au or visit the mobile cart at our Lismore Community Hub.

Cart Café

Coffee with a conscience

Our Cart Café is a social enterprise mobile café service that sells delicious coffee, refreshing drinks and tasty food. Our mobile carts are available for events throughout the Northern Rivers region.

It’s a cafe

Our coffee is delicious, organic, fair-trade and locally roasted coffee from Bun Coffee, Byron Bay. We sell a range of teas and hot beverages, and can provide fresh fruit frappes and milkshakes on request. We also sell delicious handmade chocolate brownies, other sweet treats and yummy savoury snacks.

Our café locations

  • The Cart Café is open every weekday at the front of our Lismore Community Hub from 7am to 3pm.
  • Our mobile carts travel throughout the Northern Rivers region to service different communities and events. We often appear at Friends of the Koalas community events, Lismore Recycle Markets, National Tree Day celebrations and Lismore Friendship Festival.
  • We also provide a full café service at Lismore TAFE during term times.

It’s a social enterprise

Our Cart Café makes a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged people. Through the café, we provide paid traineeships, work experience and employment pathways for disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the Northern Rivers region. It’s coffee with a conscience!

How we help people and communities

The Cart Café is truly coffee with a conscience. We offer more than just a café service. By buying a coffee from us or booking a coffee cart for your event, you are actively helping your community in many ways:

  • Supporting disadvantaged people. Our baristas and trainees earn a wage from the business, supporting them out of financial disadvantage and creating financial stability.
  • Providing valuable experience. Our participation in local events and festivals, catering for large volumes of customers in vibrant and diverse environments, provides valuable life and work experience for our trainees. This enables them to grow their careers and their futures.
  • Part of Community Gateway. The Cart Café is owned and operated by Community Gateway, which provides many other welfare support and community building services to people throughout the Northern Rivers region. Supporting our café enables Community Gateway to support more people.
  • Driving local business growth. We source our ingredients, stock and infrastructure from local businesses within the Northern Rivers region. Supporting us means supporting our regional economy.
  • Adding value to your community. Supporting our cafés means that we are able to service smaller community-driven events throughout the Northern Rivers region.

It’s for you

The quality of our café service and products benefits our customers and because it’s a social enterprise, it benefits disadvantaged people and communities.

Whether you want a morning coffee, a spot of lunch or a full café service in your neighbourhood or at your event, our Cart Café is for you. We can serve, deliver and customise a café package to suit your needs.

Consider us for your local café needs, and book a mobile cart now for your next event.

Many tracks, one road, sustaining community.

Accreditation

Community Gateway is a registered charity and QIP accredited, assessed against the Quality Improvement Council Health and Community Services 7th Edition Standards.

Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work and meet, and offer our respect to their elders, past, present and future.

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