There’s no doubting parents love their caffeine hit. But it doesn’t have to come with such a huge toll on the environment. Did you know that in Australia over 3 billion takeaway cups and lids are wasted every year? There’s a simple way to reduce your impact…
Bring a reusable cup to your favourite cafe and say “no” to single-use cups ending up in landfill. Plus, as an added bonus, you might even get a small discount off your coffee!
And remember, it is not just coffee that gets served in a take away cup. The discounts listed below should apply to all drinks that are served in a takeaway cup. Yes that means hot chocolates, milkshakes and smoothies too!
To encourage more people to use reusable cups instead of disposable cups for their coffee, City of Parramatta has partnered with five local cafes in the Parramatta CBD to provide a free coffee when you bring your own reusable cups on:
- Monday 30th April 2018
- Monday 7th May 2018
- Monday 14th May 2018
The five cafes are:
- Bourke Street Bakery Parramatta (Centenary Square, 1/186 Church St, Parramatta)
- Eastern Concourse Bakery Cafe (Parramatta Train Station, Shop 5)
- Esquire Cafe (2/103 George St, Parramatta)
- Red Mango Cafe (Centenary Square, 5/186 Church St, Parramatta)
- Valentine Ave Cafe (20 Wentworth St, Parramatta)
Local Responsible Cafes and Venues
Here is a map of cafes and venues in and around Parramatta who offer a discount or incentive for bringing your own reusable cup. And you will find the list below.
Cafes and Venues in the Parramatta Area (alphabetical order)
When we first wrote this article, there were 10 local responsible cafes. Almost a year later there are over 20 (including multiple locations for some cafes). It is slow progress but progress all the same. Make sure to chat with your local barista today about becoming a responsible cafe!
1Adora Handmade Chocolates | Parramatta
Address: Corner Charles and Union Street, Parramatta | Review | Regular coffee prices: REG $4.40 (8oz)*, LRG $4.90 (12oz)* | Discount: $0.40 (*includes a handmade chocolate)
2Armory Wharf Cafe | Newington
3Big Tree House Cafe | Rydalmere
4BP Service Stations | Various Locations
Address: Carlingford, Parramatta, Rosehill, Seven Hills, Silverwater | Discount: $0.50-$0.80
5Chambers Fine Coffee | Parramatta
Address: 169 Macquarie St, Parramatta | Discount: $0.30
6Cocoa Rush Chocolate Shop & Cafe | Rydalmere
Address: 267 Victoria Road, Rydalmere | Regular coffee prices: SML $3.50, LRG $4.00, JUMBO $4.50 | Discount: $0.50
7Darcy St Project | Parramatta
Address: City Center Carpark Shop 4, 4/71 George Street, Parramatta | Discount: $0.50
8GG espresso + wine bar | Sydney Olympic Park
Address: 1/11 Australia Ave, Sydney Olympic Park | Review | Discount: $0.20
9Jamie’s Italian Trattoria | Parramatta
Address: Centenary Square, Church Street, Parramatta | Review | Regular coffee prices: REG $4.00 (8oz), LRG $4.50 (12oz) | Discount: $1.00
10Lollipops Parramatta | Camellia
Address: 3/175 James Ruse Dr, Camellia | Review | Regular coffee prices: S $4.00 M $4.50 L $5:00 | Discount: $0.50
11Mulberry Tree Cafe | Parramatta
Address: Shop 5/20-22 Maquarie st, Parramatta | Discount: $0.50
12Pronto Rocks Cafe | North Rocks
Address: North Rocks Shopping Centre (next to play area), 328-336 North Rocks Rd, North Rocks | Discount: $0.20
13Riverside Theatres | Parramatta
Address: Corner market and Church Street, Parramatta | Discount: $0.50
14Soul Origin | Various Locations
Address: Westfield Parramatta, Stockland Merrylands, Carlingford Court | Discount: 10%
15The Bells Road Social | Oatlands
Address: 1 Bells Road, Oatlands | Review | Regular coffee prices: R $3.50 L $4.50 | Discount: $0.30
16The Container Cafe | Dundas Valley
Address: Shop 3, 28-36 Yates Ave Dundas Valley | Review | Regular coffee prices: SML $3.80, LRG $4.30 | Discount: $0.10
17The Grounds Keeper Cafe | Parramatta, Ryde, Blacktown
Address: Parramatta Park – George Street Gatehouse, Ryde Park – 30 Argyle Avenue Ryde, Blacktown Showground – 49 Richmond Road Blacktown | Review Parramatta, Ryde, Blacktown | Regular coffee prices: REG $3.50 (8oz), LRG $4.00 (12oz) | Discount: $0.50
18Watch Your Fingers Patisserie | Constitution Hill
Address: 5 Emma Crescent, Wentworthville | Regular coffee prices: SML $3.50, LRG $4.00, EXTRA LRG $5.00 | Discount: $0.50
Some Favourites Just Outside the Area
Address: 78 Charles Street, Putney | Review | Regular coffee prices: SML (6oz) $3.00, MED (8oz) $3.50, LRG (12oz) $4.00 | Discount: $0.50
Address: Rhodes Park, Killoola Street, Concord West | Review | Regular coffee prices: MED $4.50 (12oz) | Discount: $0.50
Address: 109A Kent Rd, North Ryde | Every Saturday and Sunday when the canteen is open | Discount: $0.50
Missing a Cafe or Venue?
Is your favourite coffee pit stop not listed? If they offer a discount or incentive for using reusable cups, then let us know. We can add them to this list of “responsible cafes“. And if they’re not on board yet, start the conversation and inspire them to join the #reuserevolution and war on waste. Remember, there is no provision under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code that prevents a customer from using their own container for storage of food purchased.
So where can you grab a reusable cup from? A number of the cafes listed here actually sell reusable cups – perfect if you forget to take one with you.
You can generally buy a reusable cup from major retailers and a travel mug does the trick. There are also a few Aussie companies manufacturing and selling reusable coffee cups that you can buy online. They comes in a number of shapes, sizes and designs to suit a range of tastes and preferences. Keep Cup is one example and another is Frank Green.