Thursday, 6 July 2017

The Kind Grind - new independent coffee shop in Torquay

The Kind Grind 
I first heard about The Kind Grind at my polling station on June 8th, eavesdropping on a trio of people who were excitedly discussing this new socially responsible coffee shop in Torquay. The Kind Grind opened on Lucius Street last week, and I wandered in a couple of days later to experience the place for myself. I love the wood and white brick decor, especially the painted pallet text art and, although the cafe itself is quite small, good design made it feel roomy inside. I made a beeline for the sofa which is wonderfully comfortable! There's window seats for a spot of people watching too.

Spookily for me The Kind Grind's proprietor is also a Stephanie Jane, but known as Steffi. It was good to chat over an excellent cup of coffee and learn more about her vision for the business. Priorities here are supporting other local businesses and being as ethically and environmentally responsible as possible. All the delicious cakes are baked locally by Sweet Vegan in Teignmouth. I sampled a mini strawberry cupcake, purely for research purposes obviously(!), and am happy to recommend them to non-vegans and vegans alike. If I hadn't read the label, I wouldn't have known. This is simply great cake!

If, like me, you're doing Plastic Free July, you'll be glad to know that The Kind Grind baristas will pour your take-out coffee into your own reusable cup! However, their own take-out cups are completely compostable, even the lids. Their bottled water is in glass bottles and from Belu, a significant supporter of WaterAid. Steffi has sourced a number of traditional wooden toys to keep children occupied and I have my fingers crossed for a book swap shelf!

The Kind Grind is an enthusiastic supporter of Suspended Coffee, an informal network of coffee shops where customers can purchase, but not consume, a second cup of coffee, instead leaving it prepaid for someone who really needs it as an anonymous act of charity.  This idea is believed to have originated in Italy decades ago, and it is becoming increasingly prevalent in societies such as ours where years of 'austerity' cuts and shrinking wages mean ever greater numbers of people cannot afford even the simple dignity of sitting in a cafe with a coffee.

Steffi has lots of ideas for the future of The Kind Grind. I think it is great to see another independent in town and look forward to supporting them.

Sweet Vegan cakes at The Kind Grind 

1 comment:

  1. The Kind Grind just signed up to be part of the Refill Movement too.
    Refill is a free tap water initiative designed to reduce plastic pollution and promote healthy hydration by making refilling a water bottle easy, social and rewarding! Simply pop in with a reusable drinking bottle and we will fill it with tap water for free. Download the app to find other local Refill locations.