Bush Tucker & Coffee for a Cause
Nestled at the top of the Pavilion Markets in Eumundi you will find a hidden gem that is well worth the (very) short hike up the hill. Deadly Espresso is a meeting place with a menu that showcases Australian native botanics, staff that serve a damn fine coffee from fair trade, organic, carbon neutral beans, but most importantly it is a café that is creating real change.
When you walk up the stairs there is an instant sense of calm as you are greeted by the warmth and wisdom of café owner Terri Waller. Founder of community development organisation – Sev Gen Indigenous Corporation, it is the unique social enterprise model behind Deadly Espresso that makes it no ordinary café.
SevGen is short for “Seven Generations”, an Indigenous way of thinking that says we must consider that our actions and deliberations of today, will affect our people seven generations into the future, whilst drawing on the wisdom of seven generations past.
Creating wellness through connection & relationships
Through Terri’s teaching background and deep love of people, she recognised there was a need for new approaches & methodologies that would bring connection and relevance to education so that the learners were empowered. Her insight to utilize the powerful connection people can have over a cuppa led to Deadly Espresso opening its doors in early 2014 as a gathering place for people to talk, learn, grow and prosper.
The striking mural you see along the laneway guiding your path to Deadly Espresso is a shining example of one of SevGen’s cornerstone projects – “Modern Songlines”. An education and youth justice initiative that protects human permaculture and connects the dreamtime between the Central Desert and the Sunshine Coast.
A three part project, we’ll be bringing you the full story on this art mural and the faces behind it upon completion in early 2020.
Sunshine Coast’s only Bush Tucker café, Deadly Espresso’s menu is a celebration of seasonal produce and features native Australian ingredients with many grown on site at the shared garden behind the cafe. The famous “Dirty Myrtle” Latte is an absolute must, and the bush tucker probiotic bite is its perfect companion that heroes seasonal fruit including the Davidson Plum, Lily Pilly or Lemon Myrtle.
Other favourites include the selection of wellness bushtucker teas, poached eggs with lemon myrtle hollandaise, smoked red gum and tea tree salted chips, and the roo burger.
Terri’s countless connections within the community bring her anything from catches of fresh fish, hoards of Warrigal Greens, and Bunya nuts when in season. Often locally foraged or donated, it’s the unique “off-menu” bush tucker infused dishes you will find on the specials board that will keep you coming back for more!
Deadly Salt & Pepper
A true inspiration, Terri is at the forefront of Indigenous entrepreneurship and this year has raised $25,000 through a SevGen crowdfunding project allowing the purchase of a Salt & Pepper company with the primary goal of reducing SPER debt and creating more Indigenous business.
Showcasing unique Australian bush flavours to the world, the range has a mouth-watering flavour profile including Lemon Myrtle Salt and Pepper, and Salt and Pepper Smoked over Redgum and Tea Tree. More flavours are in the pipeline. Deadly Salt & Pepper is available for purchase online (www.saltt.com.au), at the café and coming to a store near you soon!
Events & workshops
The café hosts monthly “Black Coffee” mornings which bring together Indigenous businesses and professionals to informally network and discuss their ideas, share their triumphs and help overcome their struggles. It is an initiative that was started by the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce in 2017 and is now rolling out across Australia.
Café patron and celebrated Indigenous chef Dale Chapman hosts workshops at the café and is set to be welcomed into the Deadly Espresso kitchen more throughout the year. Be sure to keep an eye out for her bushtucker cooking, and emu feather weaving classes.
The next Black Coffee event will be held on Nov 28th at 8:30am.
Deadly Espresso is open 9am – 2pm Wednesdays & Saturdays (Market Days).
How to get there:
The cafe is located at 79 Memorial Drive at the top of the Eumundi Pavillion Markets (directly across from the Original Eumundi Markets)
We have barely scratched the surface here of the countless success stories coming out of SevGen and Deadly Espresso, it’s a community where everyone is welcomed with a huge smile and wide-open arms.
Terri’s dream is that “people share their coffee consumption and have at least have one at Deadly Espresso every week”. The purchase of just one cup of coffee helps keep the café open and could very well be helping transform someone’s life.
You can also find their mobile cafe “Deadly Espresso on Walkabout” at various events and festivals throughout the year.