Archive for September, 2010

New Coffees > Central Season

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

As you probably have guessed already, not only do we do delicious, healthy, sustainable food, but also specialty coffee and tea. We have just had a swag of delicious new stock in. Here is a quick rundown:


As described by Tim:

Guatemala Pasaquim Organic

This one is going to be one of our favourites. Juicy fruit, balanced acidity and notes of cocoa, berries and a touch of caramel. Is either going to be a favourite through the siphon or espresso

Columbia Huila del Obispo

We got this one specifically for be the base of our new blend. Rich body with note of dark chocolate with a wondering fruit finish. Get this one before it flies out!

Nicaragua El Limoncillo

Vibrant and zesty citric acidity with a touch of forest floor. This is quite a complex coffee with layers of cane sugar, cocoa and orange peel.

Costa Rica La Candelilla 100% Geisha

This one is very special indeed. A 100% Geisha (more information can be found exhibits notes of jasmine and rosewater. Very fragrant this coffee will only be used for filter coffee, but it’ll be worth it. Our special treat to you!


Jin Xuan GABA, Rei Chung Estate, Taiwan

Here is a description from the tea master, Nathan Wakeford from Somage Fine Foods:

“GABA tea is rich in Gamma-amino butyric acid which was found inadvertently by Dr.Tsushida Tojiro from Japan’s National Tea Experiment station in 1987 when he was doing research for the Amino acid metabolism of tea. He found that tea expsing the tea to a nitrogen-rich atmosphere (for 8 hours at 40 degrees celsius) would increase the levels of Gamma-amino butyric acid. The ingestion of GABA releases growth hormone, especially after exercise, with remarkable effectiveness. The release of growth hormone is known to increase lean body mass. Consequently, Gaba tea is an invaluable nutritional supplement for body builders, power lifters, runners, martial artists, and athletes of all types. GABA also has significant calming and soothing effects, as such it has been found to lower blood pressure, control hypoglycemia, prevent anxiety and promote restful sleep. GABA tea also has the highest concentration of anti-oxidants, including catechins, flavanoids, and polyphenols of any tea. The Anti-oxidant properties are also helpful in fighting many types of disease.”

It is delicious. Tim has been drinking a pot a day.

Tie Guan Yin, Iron Goddess, China

This is brand spanking new. Wonderfully rich and smooth and full bodied. Notes of melon, citrus, mint, lychees and tropical fruits. Tim expects this to be a favourite.

We are receiving another shipment of coffee (hopefully) in the next few days. We will update you guys when they come in and we’ve had a chance to roast and cup them.

As always, come and talk to either Tim, Emily, Zac and Ula about our current offerings on the espresso and filter coffee boards.

Guatemala Pasaquim Organic

International Day of Peace > Great Success!!

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

The first International Day of Peace charity dinner held at Monk Bodhi Dharma was a huge success with everyone walking away satisfied and happy! The night raised $1716.95 which consisted of all the takings from the dinner, sales of cupcakes, all the staff’s tips from the breakfast and lunch service, donations on the night and a generous donation from Nostralis Wholemeal Vegetarian Pizza. The funds will be split between the Aboriginal Benefits Foundation (Helping Aboriginal Communities) and ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons). We know the actual dollar amount in the grand scheme of things is not a lot but the energy from the 32 people that attended was full of love, hope and peace!

International Day of Peace at Monk Bodhi Dharma

Michael Hewstone was at his awesome best producing a beautiful ceremonial dinner served on a banana leaf. Thanks Michael for making it such a great night and for donating your invaluable experience and time!!

Michael Hewstone

Nathan Wakeford

Also big thanks to Pete for donating his time and doing a double shift… Legend!

“There is no way to peace, peace is the way.”

International Day of Peace
21 September, 7pm at Monk Bodhi Dharma

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Join us for an evening to reflect on and celebrate the International Day of Peace, 21st September, 2010 at 7pm.

Monk Bodhi Dharma will be holding a peace offering and celebration dinner prepared by Michael Hewstone (ex Peace Kitchen: artist, beachcomber & cookie boy) & Marwin Shaw. Tea guru Nathan Wakeford from Somage will be serving up his beautiful artisan teas.

Cost is $40 per person
Absolutely all the proceeds will go to the  following charities:
Aboriginal Benefits Foundation (Helping Aboriginal Communities) and ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons).

Date and Time: 21 September, 2010 at 7pm.
Celebration dinner starts at 7.30pm sharp.

Bookings Essential. To make a booking, email us on

Dinner will be fully vegan and will include the following (approximately):

Finger food

Peace offering and celebration served on Banana leaf

- Dehrundi Sella Coconut Rice
- South Indian Vegetable & Chana Dal Sambar
- Toovar Dal Rasam
- Mansoor Dal
- Spiced Potatoes
- Cabbage & Fennel Kitchari
- Cauliflower Poriyal
- Steamed Banana in Skin
- Chile Jam
- Bengali Mango Chutney
- Lijjat Urad Papad


Beautiful teas from Somage Fine Foods will be served with the dinner

What is International Day of Peace?

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly.

International Day of Peace is also a Day of Ceasefire – personal or political. Take this opportunity to make peace in your own relationships as well as impact the larger conflicts of our time. Imagine what a whole Day of Ceasefire would mean to humankind.
International Day of Peace
Peace sign artwork courtesy of Michael Hewstone

The next Breakfast Degustation at
Monk Bodhi Dharma

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Monk Bodhi Dharma will be serving up our next degustation breakfast on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th September.

First booking at 7.30am and last sitting at 9.30am.

The breakfast will be fully vegan and consist of three courses, a cleanser and petit fours with coffee or house tea.

Bookings essential (min 2 people), $40 per person.

Single origin pourover coffee served with every course, additional $10.00 per person.

To make a booking, email us on

* Please advice dietary requirements upon booking

breakfast degustation september

Rosettas for Relief @ Market Lane

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Awesome initiative by Market Lane – raising money for coffee kids. Register via email at

Is faux meat the answer?

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

We frequently get asked why we don’t serve eggs or bacon but we do also get the occasional question “Why don’t you serve mock burgers and fries?

Now that is a question that can be debated at length, but ultimately it does not work in with what we want to be doing at the moment. We know that it works very successfully in many places around the world and we would be the first to acknowledge that there is a time and place for everything.

We don’t serve mock meat for our own reasons below:

- it is a heavily processed food

- some mock meat contains egg and dairy anyway

- heavily processed soy is incredibly bad for you

- it is essentially fast food

Mock meat does not fit in with our ethos so we like to stick to meals that were never intended to have meat in the first place.

We use grains, veggies, fruit, beans and legumes i.e. eliminating as much as possible that has been processed and instead turning to a purer way of eating. For that reason we don’t have any microwaves and use the gas stove only.

Soy and fake meat