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CafeSmart 2019 Awards – Over 850 Businesses Brew Up To End Homelessness

By November 11, 2019June 19th, 2020CafeSmart, News, StreetSmart News

Team at Kwik Koffee Busselton WA

This year, on the 9th of August, over 800 cafes, businesses and coffee roasters teamed up with their customers to raise just over $200,000. It was a massive community effort and by working together we are going to impact hundreds of lives. Thanks to everyone who got involved.

CafeSmart is an event all about bringing people together to raise awareness and funds to combat homelessness and make a difference to our local communities. We believe that by coming together at the community level, we can play a big role in ending homelessness, and thousands of people thought the same.

$1 per coffee may seem like a small donation to some but to cafes that’s a big slice of their profit margin. With this collective power and thousands of coffee drinkers, those $1’s really have added up.

We appreciate every one of our CafeSmart supporters and participants. Together we make a real difference. A huge thanks and a hearty slap on the back to everyone who brewed, sipped and donated to this years’ CafeSmart grants pool.

We are now busy working to distribute these funds to support local homeless services and will announce recipients in mid-December. But with results in – we are pleased to announce the winners of our fundraising awards – a big round of applause please!

Roaster Awards

Our Roaster Partners are the engine room of CafeSmart. They help us connect with the industry and cafes across the country, and it’s no exaggeration to say that CafeSmart wouldn’t exist without their enthusiasm and support.

This year we welcomed a number of new Roaster Partners who joined a band of great long-term contributors. We are pleased that many new regional roasters have joined us, making an important contribution to rural and regional communities that we couldn’t reach out to without their support.

Our 2019 Roaster Champs are the crew at Single O who recruited and supported 83 of their wholesale customers. Runners-up were long-time supporters Five Senses with 40 cafes.

National Roaster Champions                                 Single O

National Roaster Champions – Runners Up           Five Senses

Top 5 Roaster Partner                                               Allpress

Top 5 Roaster Partner                                               Padre

Top 5 Roaster Partner                                               Campos

Two Fives
Team from Two Fives, Rosebery NSW


Café Fundraising Awards

This year we had close to 800 cafes signed up for the event. Every café who gets involved has an impact on their community, and in some cases, cafes go beyond the call of duty, so hats off to our top fundraisers.

National Fundraising Champions are the team at Single o Surry Hills (NSW), raising a whopping $2,364. The Single O Surry Hills café team have been involved since 2011 and have now raised $10,714 for local homeless services in the Surry Hills area.

National Fundraising Champions Runners Up are Kwik Koffee Busselton (WA) raising a huge $2,014. The Team in Busselton have been involved since 2016 and have now raised a tally of $6,248.

Fundraising Awards
National Fundraising CHAMPS Single O - Surry Hills (NSW)
National Top Fundraiser Runners Up Kwik Koffee Busselton (WA)
Top 5 National Fundraisers – No. 3 Monica’s Café
Top 5 National Fundraisers – No. 4 The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Top 5 National Fundraisers – No.5 The Grounds of the City
Top 10 National Fundraisers – No.6 Axil Coffee Roasters – Chadstone
Top 10 National Fundraisers – No. 7 Axil Coffee Roasters - HQ
Top 10 National Fundraisers – No.8 Told You So
Top 10 National Fundraisers – No.9 Axil Coffee Roasters - Lonsdale St
Top 10 National Fundraisers – No. 10 Stand By Me
Top 15 National Fundraiswer – No 11 Campos Coffee Barangaroo
Top 15 National Fundraiswer – No 12 Yellow Bernard
Top 15 National Fundraiswer – No 13 Yelo Trigg
Top 15 National Fundraiswer – No 14 Lilly's Espresso & Cucina
Top 15 National Fundraiswer – No 15 Two Fives
Collection Box Challenge CHAMPS Monica’s Café (QLD)
Collection Box Challenge Runners Up Kwik Koffee Busselton
Collection Box Challenge – No.3 Pioneer Coffee Roastery Café
Collection Box Challenge – No.4 Single O - Surry Hills
Collection Box Challenge – No.5 Burrow
National Best New Café Axil Coffee Roasters – Bourke St (VIC)
Best New Café Runners up Frankie Walter Peta
Best New Café – No.3 Burrow
Best New Café – No.4 Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
Best New Café – No.5 Liminal Melbourne
CafeSmart @WORK
Top Workplace Fundraisers ASIC Melbourne Office
Top Workplace Fundraisers Runners Up Minter Ellison

Our Awesome Sponsors

We couldn’t organise CafeSmart and raise these funds without the support of our event sponsors – so a huge shout out and thanks to VITASOY (our Principal Sponsors), La Marzocco (our Supporter Partner), Broadsheet (our Media partner) and Buddy for their financial support and commitment to the event and cause, and for the help from friends at Cargo Crew, 360 South and Beanscene & MICE.

Photo Competition

We had over 1000+ photos posted to social media using #CafeSmart– check out the winners here.

Thanks to everyone who drank a brew or two on the day and chipped in to help us support people across our communities doing it tough. The CafeSmart Community Grants will be announced in early December.

We hope to see you all in 2020!