Shipping container cafe at Redhead Beach
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BY ALICIA POOLE
Want some good coffee around Lake Macquarie? Local couple, Maree and Murray, are ready and waiting at their shipping container cafe, Cargo Espresso.
Situated on the corner of Redhead Surf Club you’ll find this one-of-a-kind cafe has one of the best views in town.
So, what made you decide to start up Cargo Espresso?
“[Murray] had a very keen interest in coffee and we both were just in a place where we wanted to do something different, so we took a massive gamble. He took 12 months leave without pay from his job at the time, and I was on maternity leave.
“When we first started thinking about opening a cafe, we looked at some spaces around Newcastle and realised that we were going to spend upwards of $50K on a fit-out, and at the end of it, we wouldn’t own the space…so, we took the opportunity to do something different.”
What was the catalyst behind choosing a shipping container?
“We had a friend, that was working with shipping containers and he suggested that he could do a fit-out for us. We’ve put a lot of love into it, and it’s just perfect for this space. It kind of fits everyone's character down here; laid back and casual."
Opening in January 2016, Cargo Espresso was originally located at Warabrook, but following some council changes and the opportunity to have a space here at Redhead, the pair couldn’t say no!
“This was just the perfect opportunity moving to Redhead and it’s changed everything.”
With Murray’s keen interest in coffee, you’ll be certain to receive a seriously good cup of joe…
“We use Sprocket Roasters. We’ve been using them right from the very beginning. We liked the sustainability aspect of their ethos, and it fits in with what we’ve done; retrofitting a shipping container and just upcycling things."
Alongside their strong coffee game, Cargo also has your typical grab-and-go meals in their cabinet. Think toasties, banana bread, muffins and cookies!
The pair have hopes to move into the larger space under the Surf Club to meet the demand over Summer.
Don’t forget that we’re right in the middle of whale watching season and Redhead is one of the quieter beaches with plenty of parking and room for the kiddies to run around. It’s the perfect spot for a front row seat!