WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE | WILD TIMOR
By Jo Rittey
For Wild Timor on Sydney Road, every bean counts. The idea behind this café is to source ethically produced beans, to make sure the farmers who produce the beans are fairly paid and to put money back into their communities. For example, the guest coffee, the Rhino horn is from Harrar in Ethiopia and $1 from every cup sold directly supports the African rangers fighting the extinction of rhinos. Their main supply of beans comes form Timor Leste.
It all started back in 2012, when four Australian soldiers, Shannon French, Tom Potter, Cameron Wheelchen and Tom Mahon, were on a peacekeeping mission in East Timor as part of a longstanding friendship between Australia and East Timor harking back to World War 2. As they patrolled the area, they came across neglected coffee plantations that had been planted by the Portuguese 200 years ago. The now ex-soldiers saw the potential and started working with local farmers to export the beans to Melbourne.
Not only do they serve and sell excellent coffee, buying directly from the farmers, Wild Timor also monitor and grow the communities, providing education and assistance along the way. All purchases of Belumhatu Roasted Coffee Beans directly contribute to the Project Laulara Birthing Centre provides care for mothers and babies in the hills overlooking Dill. Project Preschool is a building project which will provide a sturdy new school for local Belumhatu children after their school blew down. Project Stella raised money to help a young girl without parents who showed an interest in learning. Wild Timor Coffee funded her tertiary studies and she is now a Geologist and Engineer. Project Wild Water raised money through gofundme and Belumhato Roasted Beans purchases so that the people of Belumhato could have access to year round clean water. As you can see, every bean really does count.
Coffee is obviously the café’s strong suit but you can get eats there too, some of them with a Timorese influence; jalapeno salsa eggs or Timorese sweet and sour eggs served on a potato rosti, for example. There are also a lot of cakes and more ‘regular’ items on the menu.
Feeling good and doing good go hand in hand at Wild Timor. Do both. Today.
282 Sydney Road, Coburg
Mon – Fri 7am – 4pm
Sat 8am – 4pm
Sun 9am – 3pm
Jo is a French teacher, a freelance writer and needs good coffee to start her day. Armed with an exotic New Zealand accent and a winning (hopefully) smile, she likes nothing better than roaming the streets of the northside in search of new and old food-related wonders.