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Melbourne Cafe Napier Quarter Is Phasing Out Takeaway Coffee

It's doing the environment a solid — and trying to get you to enjoy your cuppa.
By Sarah Ward
December 15, 2018
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Melbourne Cafe Napier Quarter Is Phasing Out Takeaway Coffee

It's doing the environment a solid — and trying to get you to enjoy your cuppa.
By Sarah Ward
December 15, 2018
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Walk into Melbourne's Napier Quarter, and you'll smell the aroma of coffee. Just don't expect to leave with a cup in your hand. The Fitzroy cafe is doing something that might seem at odds with today's always-caffeinated, always-on-the-go culture: it's phasing out takeaway coffees.

There are two reasons for the Napier Street hangout's decision, and the first is exactly what you'd expect. At a time when reusable and recyclable takeaway cups are gaining prominence — including a world-first reusable cup made from recycled coffee cups — Napier Quarter is going one step further and eliminating the source of potential waste altogether.

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‘The world keeps turning round and round, but you have to sit somewhere.’ Gertrude Stein. After much deliberation, we have made the decision to phase out take away coffee. Considering our size, nature and most of all our philosophy, we feel this offering isn’t consistent with who we are or where we ‘sit’ within the industry’s landscape. News that Australians dispose of an estimated 1 billion coffee cups per year (lined up, that’s enough to wrap around the earth twice!) has had a profound impact on the way we view things. More importantly, it has ignited the discussion of how we can change. Although we agree ‘keep cups’ are a better alternative to take away cups, managing these not only creates an extreme amount of bacterial cross contamination but ultimately they, as well, end up as landfill. We believe in taking the time to stop, savour and be nourished (& caffeinated!). One of the simple pleasures of one’s day, a ritual that should be encouraged, nurtured and never compromised...

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As stated in Napier Quarter's December 18 Instagram post, the other reason is all about getting Melburnians to slow down and actually enjoy their chosen brew, rather than drink it in a hurry. That queue of people usually hovering around any cafe counter, waiting for their orders so that they can walk straight out the door? Soon, you won't find that here. Napier Quarter also announced that you'll now be able to enjoy a flat white in-house for $3.50.

Find Napier Quarter at 359 Napier Street, Fitzroy.

Image: Brook James.

Updated: December 20, 2019. 

Published on December 15, 2018 by Sarah Ward

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