Going green: The new coastal café crawl keeping our beaches clean

coffee served on table at local cafe
coffee served on table at local cafe
Simply by going green with your caffeine you can reduce single-use and minimise litter across the Coast’s popular coffee spots…
This summer, you’re invited to explore our coastal region sustainably with a new eco-friendly café crawl inspired by Green Caffeen.

As New South Wales reopens in the lead up to summer, we’re encouraging visitors to the Central Coast to explore our region sustainably, leaving only footprints across our beaches, bushwalks and bustling town centres.

Whether you’re catching up with friends and family during the holidays, spending a weekend staycation near any of our 41 beaches, or know you’ll be between sand and surf every day – there’s countless ways to ‘think green’ and limit your impact on our beautiful environment! We're already proud to have global environmental plastic-pollution movement Take 3 for the Sea based at Long Jetty, plus the Coast’s own plastic-free shop, #untrashy, which recently opened at Ettalong Beach, flaunting its sexy alternatives to single-use. But what's next?

With its superb natural beauty, the Central Coast is a destination with sustainability front of mind – and now front of house, with more than 27 local businesses forming an exciting, new eco-friendly ‘green café crawl’...

flat white and almond croissant
Image: @southendsocialgosford
three milky coffees surrounded by leaves
Image: @kincumberpostcafe
Going coastal this summer? Go green too.

Recently selected in the international 2021 Top 100 Sustainable Destinations List, the Central Coast is on its journey to become an ECO Certified Destination by June 2022. What better time than now to join the national ‘Green Caffeen reusable cup trail’! From November onwards, the Central Coast is injecting 4,000 ‘Love Central Coast’ branded reusable coffee cups across up to 50 cafes in the region to limit litter during what promises to be a busy summer by the beach.

These limited edition swap ‘n’ go cups have the potential to remove over 960,000 single-use disposable coffee cups from our streets, beaches and bush – ultimately taking pressure off the planet by removing 14,400kgs of plastics from landfill in the next year alone!

Once you’ve got your hands on a Love Central Coast cup, take it with you as a souvenir from the Central Coast on your travels across Australia. You're then free to swap it for a fresh one at more than 700 participating Green Caffeen cafés across the country.

reusable coffe cup at the beach rocks
Limited edition Love Central Coast and Green Caffeen reusable cups.
coffee board
Rise Mofo, Toukley, are one of many Central Coast cafés on the trail.
Explore the green coastal café crawl

The emergence of this ‘green café crawl’ has been an exciting element of the Central Coast's growing partnership with Green Caffeen. Their Swap-and-Go Coffee Cup system arrived here in July 2021, and we've seen almost 30 Central Coast businesses actively join Green Caffeen’s café list since. This list is expected to grow throughout Summer 2021.

Green Caffeen eco-friendly cups are a great solution if you forget your own cup – but really want a delicious coffee – but really don’t want to opt for a takeaway cup! Keep an eye out for Love Central Coast resuable coffee cups near you and download the Green Caffeen app today.

From north to south, these Central Coast cafés are part of the local trail, with this list growing weekly…

Warnervale & Lake Haven

 

Toukley

 

Wyong

 

Yarramalong

 

Tuggerah

 

Ourimbah & Niagara Park

 

Long Jetty, Toowoon Bay, Blue Bay

 

Terrigal & Wamberal

 

Erina, Erina Heights & Matcham

 

Avoca Beach & North Avoca

 

Kincumber & Yattalunga

 

Gosford, East Gosford, Kariong

 

Umina Beach, Ettalong Beach, Daley’s Point

 

Woy Woy & Blackwall

 

colourful brunch with coffee
Image: @duckduckmoose.wyong
fresh colourful food with coffee
Image: @modern_organic
Sustainable travel starts at home, and away

Did you know Aussies send 1 billion single-use cups to landfill every year? A growing movement of eco-conscious travellers are determined to reduce waste in the regions they visit, not just at home. And it all can start with your daily cuppa.

Central Coast-based cafés from Mooney Mooney in the south right up to Moonee Beach in the north are invited to join the free Swap-and-Go program to be part of the wider movement toward ecotourism in the region.

To start sampling the Central Coast’s new green café crawl:

 

Your green cup is not just for the Central Coast either. The eco-friendly coffee map also points you to every participating café within Australia – spanning all major states and territories.

coffee in a mug and a muffin
Image: @villageemporium
flat white in mug
Image: @newheightscafe
What is the Green Caffeen initiative?
And why has it landed on the Central Coast

Recognising a gap in the market for cafés who want an alternative or addition to the discounted BYO coffee cup incentive, Green Caffeen have been growing the Swap-and-Go Reusable Cup system in Australia since its inception in 2018. Their cups are both designed and made in Australia and are the first to be made with locally sourced, FDA certified, recycled food grade plastic.

Damien Clarke, Co-Founder of Green Caffeen, said Green Caffeen was designed to eliminate single-use plastics all over Australia, but no more so than our spectacular east coast.

“We designed Green Caffeen to be a complete no-brainer, like a local library service. You check a cup out and check it back in again later. It’s free, plus, you can have two cups out at once, so it doesn’t matter if you forget your cup; you’ve got another in the cloud.”

“If you're one of the thousands of holidaymakers who flock to the Central Coast every year, we're inviting you to change the way you takeaway and grab your holiday caffeine hit in a Green Caffeen cup. Let's leave your favourite holiday destination a little cleaner and greener for everyone to enjoy.”

Look out for branded Love Central Coast limited edition coffee cups from participating cafés for the ultimate green souvenir of your summer on the Central Coast.

poeple doing yoga and surfing beachside at sunrise

Share the love

Do you know a sustainably-minded café on the Central Coast who belongs on this green coffee map? Share this news with them!

 

Are you a sustainable local cafe or restaurant keen to learn more about joining the Central Coast reusable cup trail? Simply get in touch here with us, and make sure you're on our radar by creating a free Central Coast business listing here.

 

Don't forget – when sharing your love for our beaches on the Central Coast, tag #LoveCentralCoast and mention us on Instagram and Facebook.