After spending a chunk of her working life as a teacher, Bundaberg woman Carrie Grima has decided to delve into a whole new passion by opening up her first café called KC’s Fresh.
Carrie said her café aimed to provide customers with a casual atmosphere to enjoy a coffee while supporting a number of local growers and businesses from across the region.
“We offer simple, fresh food including locally roasted coffee beans and locally hand-blended, small-batch, loose-leaf tea,” Carrie said.
“We are using as much local product as we can source, which we also incorporate into our menu items therefore reducing food mileage and supporting local businesses.
“The food is made on site which includes gluten free, vegetarian and dairy free options and less nasty preservative and additives.”
While supporting other local producers, Carrie and her husband Kev source a lot of produce from their own farming business, also called KC's Fresh.
“My husband is a primary producer and we are driven by that significantly as we have kept the same business name as we have used for our farming business since 2006,” she said.
“We want to be able to use the ample amount of fresh produce we have available right here on our doorstep.”
Carrie said her menu included items such as pumpkin and ginger scones, lamb sausage rolls and mango smoothies.
The café also stocks Kadilly Coffee, a local coffee roaster, as well as Ettie and Dorrie tea who provide a range of loose-leaf tea.
Working with local company Baked Love allows KC’s Fresh to offer a number of gluten-free and dairy-free options for customers.
A range of retail products and gift lines are also available including jams, sauces, spices and earrings, all of which are locally made.
The café has an option for online ordering.
Located at Northway Plaza in Bundaberg North, the café is open six days a week from 7am to 3pm weekdays, and 7am to 1pm on Saturdays, offering a menu with a heavy focus on fresh, local produce.
More information about KC's Fresh is available on Facebook.
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