Archive for August, 2013

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

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The old hippie and the crew are back to celebrate the International Day of Peace on Saturday 21st September, 2013 at Monk Bodhi Dharma.

Michael Hewstone (ex Peace Kitchen/Blaze’s soup kitchen) and the crew from the Monk will be holding a peace offering and celebratory dinner with absolutely all the proceeds going to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre! This issue is hot at the moment so we are coming together to celebrate peace amongst all nationalities!

Date and Time: Saturday 21 September, 2013 at 7pm

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Dinner will be fully vegan and will include the following :

> African Grumpy Soup

> Global Experience – Madras Cauliflower, Chickpea and Yellow Potato Curry,  Ethiopian Wat and a Caribbean Jambalaya all served with a Silverbeet Kitchari, Mansoor Dal,  Sela Rice,Tunisian Cous Cous, Chile Jam and Lijjat Udad Papads [ MBD supporting Indian Women's Empowerment Movement]

> Raw selection of mignardises including chocolates & cakes

> Peace  Cookie to take home

> Beautiful Chai Masala

Special surprise guest speaker and music TBA

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.

- Martin Luther King Jr.


How seasonal is your cup?

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Coffee seeds (commonly referred to as coffee beans) are the pits found inside a red, purple, yellow (even orange) fruit referred to as a coffee cherry. As such, coffee being a fruit will progressively change and degrade as it ages.

There are beautifully designed and tasty blends on the market and we certainly design seasonal blends for our wholesale customers on request. This, for Monk Bodhi Dharma’s bar however, no longer fits in with what we want to do and where we want to be :)

Something we have recently decided to do at Monk Bodhi Dharma is to completely remove any mention of “blend” or “blends” on our board. We have opted to serve single estate coffees only. Yes, traditionalists or conservative individuals may indeed raise their eye brows. In my humble opinion, there will be a time when this ethos will infiltrate more and more venues. What is the point in hiding amazing, fresh and gorgeous coffees behind the generic label of a “blend” for the purposes of feeding long held beliefs.

It is akin to House Wine being served in restaurants in an unmarked carafe. I dare say that, the wine industry has progressed quite a bit from this in the last few decades where restaurants have invested ample resources to know each and every wine estate that they use.

With the availability of more and more amazing seasonal green coffee and awesome roasters, the importance given to blends and blending will surely diminish. The farmer and their land should always remain the hero and the best way to showcase them, their hard-working staff and their terroir is by serving estate coffees on their own.

My call to us, as a small coffee roastery is to lift the veil and be as transparent as we can be.

See you for a coffee,