Our Passionate Baristas & Their Favourite Latte Art

At Alowishus, we absolutely love great coffee. That love for coffee is something we always seek when selecting new members for our growing team of passionate baristas. We believe that without a genuine passion, it’s hard to make a quality cup of coffee. And quality and consistency are two of our highest values.

In this post, we’d like to introduce you to some of our best baristas (and their favourite latte art), in case you haven’t met them yet. So next time you’re in and see one of these faces, you’ll know a little more about your favourite Alowishus barista.


Hi, I’m Tyler! I’ve been making coffee for almost 8 years and now work at Alowishus Maryborough.
The thing I enjoy most about being a barista is the interaction with the customers and supplying them with their morning brew. I love when people notice, appreciate and comment on the coffee made with love. I also really enjoy being able to make myself an awesome coffee each day. May favourite latte art patterns are the swan and the rosetta. 


Hey, I’m Brendan, barista at Alowishus in Bundaberg. I’ve been making coffee for a little over a year now, I started in October 2017. What I love most about being a barista? The people. You get to have a chat with everyone, you can banter with the regulars (whose orders you know by heart), you get to build relationships, and most importantly, you get to experience the joy they have on their faces as they enjoy their first sip of heaven’s nectar. Trying out new latte art styles is also really fun! I do a bit of a mix of a rosetta (leaf) but bring it around the side of the cup and it creates a nice little squiggle that looks like a fern, then I drop a little heart or something in the middle and it looks like it’s hanging from the top of it.


My name is Chloe and you might have seen me at Alowishus in Bundaberg. I’ve been making coffee for about 2 years now. I love the work environment, talking to the people I work with, as well as getting to know our customers. Surprising customers by remembering their orders is always fun! I love making them feel welcome. My favourite latte art pattern to create is the rosetta because it’s a challenge and I enjoy trying to perfect it.


Hi, I’m Shane and I work at Alowishus in Bundaberg. I started making coffee a bit over a year ago. What I love most about being a barista is that each coffee is kind of its own piece of art. Each coffee is unique in its own way. I like that it’s a fast-paced environment, it’s entertaining and never boring! My favourite latte art design is definitely the heart. It’s a simple, yet unique design.


Hi, I’m Claire – or Clur as my team calls me (basically, it’s like saying Claire with a lazy accent). I’ve been making coffee for around 10 months now but I officially started making coffee at Alowishus Maryborough around 3 months ago. Before that, I was making coffee for tired teachers at school in the morning. I think the best part of being a barista is being involved in creating something that will make someone’s day a little brighter. As making coffee is still quite new to me, the feeling of success each time a customer expresses their happiness brings me joy! My favourite coffee design would have to be a love heart. Mostly because it’s currently one of the only ones I can successfully do.


Hey, I’m Jessie! I’ve been making coffee now for about a year and a half. Doing patterns is the best thing about making coffee! I love pouring the rosetta because it’s challenging to learn, but once you get the hang of it, it looks really pretty. I’m currently working on pouring two rosettas in one cup. Yay!

Who is your favourite Alowishus Barista? Let us know in the comments below!

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9 Coffee Puns Guaranteed To Spruce Up Your Next Coffee Date

Who doesn’t love a good pun? The world of coffee is full of them.

At Alowishus, we can certainly say that we are at the source of all coffee puns. Yes, we hear them every day of the week and there’s rarely one we haven’t heard before. To be fair, some are funnier than others (and some must have originated sometime in the 80’s), but here’s a list of our all-time favourite coffee-related puns you can use to make your coffee date a little more fun – or should we say “pun”?

1. “I am glad we are talking about it, cause I’ve been brewing over it for days”

There’s not too much that a good cup of coffee can’t improve. If you’ve had something on your mind, this one is a good one to use with a friend.  Enjoying a good conversation about it over your coffee can really help ease your mind. Alowishus is here to help! ;)

2. “Better Latte than never”

Has your coffee taken a little longer? Then this might be a good one to use with your barista and make him or her feel a little better when under the pump.

3. “C’mon and chai new things”

We all know those people who try one or two items from the menu and tend to stick to what they know works for them? (*hands up*) Next time you’re ordering with them, try this one on them and see if they branch out a little and chai something new. You never know, they might find a new favourite!

4. “Affogato your name, sorry”

Names… If you are one of those people who can barely remember a person’s name, this one’s for you. Because if that person happens to be your local barista, it could get a little awkward. You should really know their name by now! Here’s a funny way to get you out of that pickle.

5. “Did you build this cafe from the ground up?”

This is a particularly good one to use when chatting to our owner, Tracey. Be sure to wink so she knows you’ve bean extremely punny. Tracey has even written a blog post about how Alowishus came about! Check it out here.

6. “I can’t espresso how much you bean to me”

This is a great one to tell your barista handing over your first cuppa of the day. Eyes will probably roll, or a huge smile (or both), but if you’re anything like me – everyone will be safe now because you have your coffee. Alternatively, you can use this one on a hot date… or secretly whisper it to your coffee (no judgement here).

7. “What’s up, brew?”

Alowishus is the perfect place to catch up with mates over a cuppa. Check in with a good friend by casually asking how they’re going with this one.

8. “How did-ccino?”

Our serving staff are pretty incredible when it comes to remembering our regular customers and their fav orders. If you have enjoyed your fair share of Alowishus, you might be surprised when they start greeting you by name and asking you if you’d like your usual. You can always throw this pun out there when that happens (if it hasn’t already).

9. “Don’t worry, be frappe

Someone having a bad day? Show them you care by treating them to a drink, maybe even a  hug and this pun. This one works best if you hand the frappe over at the same time. You’re welcome.

Well, there you have it. Our list of 9 timeless classics when it comes to coffee puns.

A WORD OF CAUTION: Use at your own risk! We will not take responsibility for spilled coffees (or permanently damaged baristas through the use of these puns).

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Revealed: Maryborough’s Top 5 Coffees Of The Year (Updated: 2019)

Here’s a fun fact: Coffee is the most consumed beverage on the planet. Seriously, who doesn’t love a delicious cuppa? Every country and culture has their own unique ways of preparing their perfect brew in the morning (or any time of the day, really) and every city has their personal favourites. This year has surely been an exciting year in Maryborough with some new exciting cafe additions to our CBD – Alowishus Delicious included.

Here’s our list of the top 5 most popular coffees in Maryborough for the year (back to front)

#5 – Iced Latte

With all the hot weather up here in sunny Queensland, it’s no surprise that the iced latte made it into the top 5. Best enjoyed ice cold, it’s sure to deliver your coffee hit in a cool, refreshing way. Now we know how Maryborough locals keep their cool when things get a little hot around here!

#4 – Long Black

In fourth place, the long black. No milk, just pure espresso goodness. A good long black always has a nice layer of crema on top. It ensures you taste all the goodness that’s been brewed into this delicious cup of coffee. The long black, sometimes called Americano, has always been – and probably always will be – a favourite on any coffee menu.

#3 – Latte

In third place comes the Caffe Latte, or more commonly just called “Latte”. It’s the perfect bevvy for those who like it a little more frothy, but not too frothy. It’s also the perfect choice for those who like to add a little dash of syrup to make their cup of joe, well, less average. Caramel & Hazelnut flavour were amongst the most popular choices in lattes this year.

#2 – Flat White

It was a close race. In second place and right before our top-rated Maryborough coffee comes the flat white, or “flatty”, as we like to call it. Funny enough, with neither foam nor chocolate, the flat white is pretty much the exact opposite of our top-rated coffee. It was a close race between the two and the flat white made the second place on the most-enjoyed coffee list.

And the winner is…

#1 – Cappuccino

The Cappuccino is an all-time favourite and made it to the top of best-selling coffee list in Maryborough. The extra thick layer of foam, dusted in chocolate powder makes this Italian classic the most popular choice of Maryborough locals this year.

There you have it! Maryborough’s list of most popular coffees. What’s your favourite coffee? Let us know in the comments below!

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13 Ways to Use Old Coffee Grounds

Coffee Ground Waste and 13 ways to recycle it.

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages consumed all over the world.

People usually discard the grounds left behind after it’s brewed, but after reading this article, you may reconsider throwing them out.

Coffee grounds have many practical uses around the home and garden and can even help spruce up your beauty routine!

If you don’t make a lot of coffee at home, then Alowishus can hook you up with your coffee grounds FOR FREE!  Just bring in a bucket with a lid and your name on it, and we’ll fill it up for you to use.

Here are 13 creative uses for used coffee grounds.

1. Fertilise Your Garden

A great way to reuse coffee grounds waste and help you garden at the same time.

Most soil does not contain the essential nutrients needed for optimal plant growth.

Also, as plants grow, they absorb nutrients from the soil, ultimately leaving it depleted.

Thus, most gardens need to be fertilized to ensure that plants have the nourishment they need to survive.

Coffee grounds contain several key minerals for plant growth — nitrogen, calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and chromium.

They may also help absorb heavy metals that can contaminate soil.  What’s more, coffee grounds help attract worms, which are great for your garden.

To use coffee grounds as fertiliser, simply sprinkle them onto the soil surrounding your plants.

2. Compost It for Later

If you do not have an immediate need for fertilizer, you can compost your coffee grounds for later use.

Composting is a natural process that turns organic items such as food scraps and yard debris into a dark, rich material called compost or humus.  Our Alowishus takeaway coffee cups are PLA lined instead of plastic lined which makes them 100% fully compostable in a commercial composting facility. Unfortunately the cost of these facilities doesn’t make it economical for local councils to have them.

Adding compost to your yard or garden can help the soil hold onto more nutrients and water, thereby improving the health of your plants.

Other items to compost include grass clippings, leaves, bark, shredded newspaper, brush, herbs, egg shells, stale bread and fruit and vegetable trimmings.

You should avoid composting meat and fish scraps, dairy products, diseased plants, grease and oils.

3. Repel Insects and Pests

Certain compounds found in coffee, such caffeine and diterpenes, can be highly toxic to insects.

Because of this, you can use coffee grounds to repel bugs.

They are effective at deterring mosquitos, fruit flies and beetles, and they may help keep other pests away too.

To use coffee grounds as an insect and pest repellent, simply set out bowls of grounds or sprinkle them around outdoor seating areas.

You can also keep pests out of your garden by scattering coffee grounds around your plants. They help create a barrier that slugs and snails do not like to crawl over.

4. Remove Fleas from Your Pet

Fleas are a common problem in household pets, and treating them can be costly and time-consuming.

There are several flea-removal products on the market, but many contain harsh chemicals and can produce unwanted side effects.

Luckily, fleas don’t seem to like coffee, and you may want to consider coffee grounds as a natural treatment.

Simply rub the grounds throughout your pet’s fur after shampooing. Then rinse them off and allow your pet to dry as usual.

Some say doing this may also add smoothness and shine to your pet’s coat, but there is little to no research to support either of these claims.

However, coffee grounds may be less effective than a prescription product, so if your pet has fleas and this treatment does not work, you may want to contact a vet to discuss alternative options.

Also, coffee grounds should only be used externally. They can be toxic to dogs if consumed.

5. Neutralise Odours

Coffee grounds contain nitrogen, which helps eliminate a foul-smelling sulfur gas from the air when it’s combined with carbon.

In other words, coffee grounds can help absorb and eliminate odours.  You can place a bowl of coffee grounds in your fridge or freezer to neutralise odours from spoiled or fragrant foods.

You can also fill old socks or pantyhose with coffee grounds and tie them off to make portable air fresheners.

Place these in your shoes, gym bag, bedroom drawers, under your car seat or anywhere else that may need some deodorizing.

You can even keep coffee grounds by the sink and use them to scrub your hands after chopping garlic or onions. The grounds will help remove the smell from your hands.

6. Use It as a Natural Cleaning Scrub

Coffee grounds are abrasive and can help remove buildup on hard-to-clean surfaces. They may even help sanitise due to their antibacterial and antiviral properties.

If you like to avoid cleaning with chemicals, used coffee grounds might be worth a try.  Use them to scour your sink, polish your cookware or clean your grill.

Just be careful not to use them on any kind of porous material, as they can cause brown stains.

7. Scour Your Pots and Pans

The coarse texture of coffee grounds makes them ideal for scrubbing hard-to-clean kitchen utensils.

You can use them to scrape your dishes clean and remove caked-on food from pots and pans. Simply sprinkle the grounds directly onto your pots and pans and scrub as usual. Make sure to rinse thoroughly afterward.

8. Exfoliate Your Skin

The coarse particles in coffee grounds work as an exfoliating agent to help remove dirt and dead cells from the skin.

Simply mix coffee grounds with a little bit of water or coconut oil and scrub them with your hands directly onto your face and body.

Coffee grounds can also be mixed with a small amount of honey and used as an exfoliating lip scrub.

What’s more, the caffeine in coffee grounds has potent antioxidant properties that can help protect the skin from sun damage.

It can also increase blood flow, which aids in overall skin health.

9. MAY Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite (I’m sceptical)

Cellulite is a condition that gives the skin a dimpled, lumpy appearance. It affects 80–90% of adult women.

It occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue under your skin and is commonly seen in the buttocks and thighs.

When caffeine such as that in coffee grounds is applied topically, it may help break down this fat and increase blood flow to the area, thus decreasing the appearance of cellulite.

10. Stimulate Hair Growth and Strip Buildup

Shampoos and styling products often leave residue behind that can dull and weigh down your hair.

Exfoliating your scalp with coffee grounds can help remove buildup and dead skin cells.

Before you shampoo, simply grab a handful of coffee grounds and massage them into your scalp and hair for a few minutes. Then wash and rinse as you normally would.

Do this one to two times per week, or as needed.

11. Repair Scratched Furniture

If you own wooden furniture, you’ve probably noticed it can be easily scuffed and scratched.

Various products can help minimize the appearance of scratches, but before you run to the store, you might want to give coffee grounds a try.

First, make a thick paste with used coffee grounds and water.

Then rub the paste into the scratch using a cotton swab, allow it to sit for 5–10 minutes and then wipe with a cotton rag.

This should help buff out the scratch and conceal it by dying the exposed wood a dark-brown color.

Continue to dab coffee into the scratch using a cotton swab until the desired colour is achieved, waiting a few hours between applications.

12. Grow Mushrooms

M2shrooms only thrive in specific conditions and are notoriously difficult to grow.

For starters, they do not grow in ordinary garden soil, as they require a substrate, or underlying substance or layer.

Used coffee grounds make a great substrate because they are packed full of nutrients that mushrooms like to grow on.

What’s more, they have already been sterilized during the brewing process, which would otherwise be an extra step in the growing process.

How to Grow Mushrooms in Used Coffee Grounds

  1. Collect about 2.5 kg of grounds and moisten them using a spray bottle.
  2. Add a little over 500 grams of mushroom spore and sawdust mixture and mix well. You can look for this product at your local gardening store.
  3. Place resulting mixture into a filter patch grow bag, large freezer bag or bucket and fill until approximately one-half to two-thirds full.
  4. Cut four air holes, about 5 mm in size, into the sides of your container above the grounds. If you are using an open container, cover it with cellophane and poke with a few more small air holes.
  5. Lightly spray the grounds with water once daily or as needed to keep them moist.
  6. In about two to four weeks when you start to see dense white areas with little budding mushrooms, move the container to an area with lighter and fresher air.
  7. When the mushrooms become plump and their caps turn upward, you can harvest them.

You can use this method to grow just about any kind of mushroom, but shiitake and oyster varieties seem to be the easiest.

13. Treat Under-Eye Circles

The skin surrounding the eyes is extremely delicate and contains very little fat tissue. Because of this, it’s one of the first places you might see signs of ageing.

Many things can contribute to the development of dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, including fragile blood vessels, poor circulation and inadequate skin quality.

Coffee grounds seem to be a promising solution due to their high antioxidant and caffeine contents.

Studies show that skin care products containing antioxidants and caffeine can help prevent the appearance of ageing and reduce under-eye circles.

In particular, caffeine has anti-inflammatory properties and stimulates blood circulation around the eyes, which can help reduce the appearance of dark circles and swelling.

The antioxidants in coffee can also help fight free radicals, which contribute to skin ageing.

Simply add water or coconut oil to your coffee grounds to form a paste. Apply the mixture under your eyes and let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing. Repeat this process daily or as needed.

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Alowishus The Queen of Instagram


10 Local Spots for a Beautiful Instagram Feed


We were recently featured in an article from Bundaberg & North Burnett Tourism called 10 Local Spots for a Beautiful Instagram Feed.  Our team were pretty chuffed to say the least.

Here’s what they said about our Instagram Feed ……………………..

Probably the queen of the Insta world in Bundaberg, Alowishus’s Insta-game has been rivalled by very few. Enjoy delicious food (including everyone’s favourite; all day breakfast) in the trendy Earls Court with a classic menu to please even the fussiest of eaters, mouth-watering homemade gelato, decadent gelato thick shakes, quirky table numbers and even a white brick wall to grab that perfect OOTD shot.

Our Instagram Page:  alowishus

Hashtag: Alowishus Delicious

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Below, our delicious Bacon and Egg Burger with hollandaise sauce, available 7 days until 3pm, see our entire menu here alowishus.com.au/menu

Photo by user alowishus, caption reads When the burgers are better at @alowishus 🍔😍 Open Anzac Day tomorrow 8-4pm, serving up all day brekky! Ft. ALOWISHUS BACON & EGG ROLL 🥓🍳 full of hollandaise and swiss cheese, just how we like it! 😍🍃


Our cafe menu is available until 3pm daily. All items are available to take away.
A 15% surcharge applies to public holidays.
GF bread available.

    two free-range eggs, crispy local bacon with grilled cherry tomatoes & sourdough toast
    three mac and parmesan cheese croquettes, spinach, crispy bacon & chipotle sauce
    with swiss cheese, baby spinach,
    tomato relish & hollandaise sauce on a soft bun
    two poached eggs on sourdough with baby spinach, hollandaise sauce, dukkah and your choice of smoked salmon, bacon or ham (contains nuts)
    two zucchini & sweet corn fritters with guacamole, tomato salsa, sourcream, rocket and a poached egg
    on sourdough with avocado, bacon, sweet potato, halloumi, baby spinach, pesto, cherry tomatoes, two poached eggs & balsamic glaze
    served on sourdough with pesto-tossed greens & cherry tomatoes
    two free-range eggs your style, bacon, honey mustard pork sausages, grilled cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, hash brown, tomato relish & sourdough toast
    with house-made vanilla bean gelato, berry compote & maple syrupadd bacon & banana for $3.5

    mushrooms, grilled cherry tomato, extra egg,
    hash brown, extra toast
    2.5 each

    avocado, honey mustard pork sausages, crispy bacon, halloumi, smoked salmon

    3.5 each

    two slices of sourdough (or white, grain, wholemeal or gf) with butter
    & your choice of either vegemite, strawberry jam or honey
    house made with butter & local honey
    two slices with butter
    with house made crunchy granola, greek-style yoghurt, berry compote, local honey & seasonal fruit


Not for grown-ups!

    with our house-made vanilla gelato & maple syrup
    with shoestring fries
    with tomato sauce


All served with a side of chips

    house-made beef patty, tasty cheese, caramelised onion, lettuce, tomato,
    aioli & tomato relish on a soft bun
    grilled chicken with caramelised onion, tomato, tasty cheese,
    cos lettuce, aioli & sweet chilli sauce on a soft bun
    battered fish, chipotle sauce, cos lettuce, house slaw & cheese on a soft bun
    Add crispy bacon & a fried egg to your burger


      served with aioli and a side of Italian Salad – cherry tomatoes, rocket, red onion, feta, cucumber & balsamic
      your choice of potato or sweet potato fries loaded
      with cheese, bacon, tomato salsa and guacamole
      tomato salsa, guacamole, sour cream, tasty cheese
      & beef mince on crispy corn chips
      made in-house
      made in-house
    w/ aioli & sweet chilli sauce


    chicken breast, avocado, tomato, lettuce & aioli
    deli leg ham, swiss cheese, tomato
    Alowishus smashed egg & mixed lettuce
    deli leg ham, tasty cheese, tomato, carrot, red onion, mixed lettuce & Alowishus dressing
    deli roast beef, tomato relish, caramelised onion, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato


    grilled chicken strips, parmesan, bacon, poached egg, croutons, cos lettuce, tossed in caesar dressing
    with baby beetroot, pine nuts, feta & pesto tossed greens
    beef strips, lettuce, spinach, cherry tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, peppers, peanuts, tossed in Thai dressing
    honey-glazed grilled chicken strips, mixed lettuce, cherry tomato, red onion, cucumber, feta, avocado, tossed in honey-mustard vinaigrette
    curried cauliflower, roasted pumpkin, pesto tossed greens, rice, corn & capsicum salsa, poached egg & tomato relish
    ADD any of the following:
    grilled chicken, chicken schnitzel, roast beef,
    thai beef strips, ham, smoked salmon


    slow roasted beef, parmesan, capsicum, caramelised onion, rocket, pesto yoghurt dressing
    tomato, baby spinach, dijonaise
    with feta, baby spinach, roast capsicum, red onion and pesto
    with poached chicken, tasty cheese, tomato, baby rocket, dijonaise


    poached chicken, parmesan, bacon, egg, lettuce, croutons, caesar dressing
    spiced pumpkin with pine nuts, feta, pesto-tossed baby spinach and roast capsicum
    deli ham, Alowishus smashed egg, tasty cheese, lettuce, tomato
    with tasty cheese, carrot, tomato, lettuce, onion, Alowishus dressing
    strips of chicken schnitzel, tomato, tasty cheese, cucumber, lettuce, sweet chilli
    & aioli
    strips of chicken schnitzel, house slaw, swiss cheese, baby spinach and dijonaise


All our coffee and tea products are 100% certified organic
Your choice of full cream, skinny, soy or lactose free at no extra charge

    3.9 / 4.4
    3.9 / 4.4
    3.9 / 4.4
    extra shot, syrup, decaf, pouring cream or almond milk
    4.4 / 4.9
    4.4 / 4.9
    4.4 / 4.9
    4 / 4.8 / 5.8


    Chocalote, Strawberry, Vanilla, Caramel, Coffee, Mocha
    Orange & Mango, Watermelon


    Tropical Bliss, Banana Berry
    Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla, Caramel, Coffee
    4.5 / 5.5
    Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla, Caramel, Coffee


  • 1
    Carrot, Beetroot, Apple, Celery
  • 2
    Orange, Lemon, Apple, Pineapple
  • 3
    Cucumber, Lemon, Apple, Spinach, Celery
  • 4
    Apple, Carrot, Orange, Pineapple
  • 5
    Apple, Pineapple, Watermelon
    1 each


  • 1 SCOOP
  • 2 SCOOPS
  • 3 SCOOPS
  • 4 SCOOPS
  • 500ML
  • 1 LITRE

Find out more about our delicious gelato, browse our flavours and discover your favourite at AlowishusGelato.com.au

My Cup Of Tea – Organic and Fairtrade Tea at Alowishus

Don’t Panic, It’s Organic (and Fairtrade, too)

organic bundabergAlowishus is passionate about using quality teas and coffees.  This is why we choose to stock SereniTEA.  SereniTEA are both Fairtrade and Organic

We carry the following teas at Alowishus:

  • English Breakfast
  • Earl Grey
  • Peppermint
  • Lemongrass Ginger
  • Jasmine Green
  • Spiced Chai

A Brief History Of Tea, Peace & Health

SereniTEA Infusions started in late 2008 from an idea to create a brand that would promote peace and health in both the way it was sold and inherently in the product itself.  A tea concept was born that exemplified serenity for the body (tea as a calming beverage), serenity for the environment (using an organic process) and serenity for people (sourcing Fairtrade certified teas).  Australian owned and operated, SereniTEA Infusions has quickly grown to be recognised as a leader in bringing Organic and Fairtrade certified teas to the Australian market and international market.

A Higher Standard – Tea That Is Good And Does Good

organic tea coffeeLike us at Alowishus Delcious, SereniTEA Infusions believe in developing strong relationships in the supply chain. They source all of their products directly at the plantation and producer level, avoiding brokering arrangements (the predominant source of supply in the global tea market). Following their passion to find Organic and Fairtrade products, they insist on knowing exactly where their product comes from and how it is produced. Their entire supply chain meets the highest standards of food safety standards. Being a crop that is susceptible to seasonal change, SereniTEA Infusions place a large emphasis on their tasting and sampling process to ensure their tea remains consistent across seasons. Find out more http://www.serenitea.com.au/

For prices and all our other delicious treats, view our menu here: https://alowishus.com.au/menu

We only use tea leaves at Alowishus, and you can have your tea black or with a side of the following milks:

  • almond milk
  • soy milk
  • zymil mil
  • full cream milk
  • skim milk

Is your favourite tea not on the menu? Tell us what’s missing in the comments below!

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War On Waste – 10 Things Alowishus Delicious Is Doing For The Environment

The War on Waste – What is Alowishus doing ?

war on waste

Well, the short answer is a lot !!!  Could we do more?  We most certainly can.  We can all do more.  Having said that, we have a very busy cafe that needs to run smoothly, quickly and efficiently.  People want convenience, they want their food and drink fast and often they want it 10 minutes ago.

It’s a tough gig, balancing your customers wants and needs.  We have 400 plus customers a day (how blessed are we), and believe me, each one wants something different.  Each one has different wants and passions.  Some people are passionate about:

  • reducing plastic usage
  • some are passionate about animals
  • some are passionate about reducing sugar
  • the list goes on and on and on and on

Trying our best.

I’m in the middle trying to balance all of this, and where I can, trying to please the majority of people.  We love seeing people happy and having fun at Alowishus, it’s what we are all about.  I receive no less then 20 emails, face book reviews, texts messages, face book messages, google reviews, trip advisor reviews every week (and the list goes on).  These messages are filled with people offering feedback or complaints about anything and everything really.  Items covering, but not limited to the following:

  • my toast isn’t cooked how I like it
  • you use too much plastic
  • the coffee is too hot, the coffee is too cold
  • you use too much sugar in your cakes
  • my coffee was too strong, my coffee was too weak
  • the cafe was too hot, the cafe was too cold
  • the cafe is too small ???
  • my eggs were too hard, my eggs were too soft
  • stop sending me free stuff (I’m serious)
  • and the list goes on  :-)

war on waste

Many of these complaints/suggestions are subjective.

When I go out to eat (yes I do get to leave Alowishus sometimes :-) And my toast isn’t cooked enough, I just ask them to cook it longer.  If my coffee is too cold, I’d ask them to make it again.  The next time I visit there I’d be sure to ask the person taking my order to make my coffee really hot.  I love to give people the benefit of the doubt, it makes for a more enjoyable experience.  I like to talk to people, I like to give them feedback, because then and only then, can they do something about it.

We don’t always get things right at Alowishus.  We are human, however we own it when we get it wrong, and most importantly we LOVE to fix it for you.  Just ask us!  Tell us about it so we can all have a happy day.  Please don’t leave unhappy and write some terrible review about us, give us the opportunity to fix it for you then and there.

If you’re not happy with the outcome, sure write us up a bad review, it would be warranted.

Anyhow back to what what we are doing in the WAR ON WASTE (I’m like a puppy, very easily distracted.)

10 Things we are doing for the War on Waste.

  1. 98% of our menu and product are available for dine-in with re-useable crockery, cutlery and glass wear – YOUR CHOICE
  2. We sell Branded Glass Keep Cups, and as an incentive to switch, we fill it with coffee for free when you first purchase it
  3. You are welcome to bring your own keep cup, we offer 20c off as an incentive for people to switch from paper – YOUR CHOICE
  4. We didn’t switch to a reusable plastic bag, we introduced a high quality paper bag (why change from one plastic bag to another plastic bag – THAT’S A STUPID IDEA !)
  5. Alowishus pays extra for our paper cups to have a PLA lining which is biodegradable and compostable in a commercial unit (it takes around 6 months to breakdown)
  6. We pay extra for PLA straws and Cutlery.  Our PLA cutlery & straws are made from Ingeo PLA (poly-lactic-acid), a bioplastic produced from corn, natural annually renewable resource. The production of PLA produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional plastic production.  Products made from PLA bioplastics are compostable in industrial composting facility.
  7. The takeaway containers we use for our hot meals are a Green Mark Product made from sugarcane which is fully decomposing and recyclable *read more below
  8. Our cake containers and salad bowls are a Castaway Product called Eco Smart, therefore they have an additive to help them break down. Click hereto find out more
  9. We have paper bags for cakes and slices and hot box items.
  10. Shortly we are switching from a disposable plastic sauce dish for dine in to a reusable soy dish

We are always working behind the scenes to improve things for our customers, our team and the environment because we want to be better tomorrow then we were yesterday.

Warmest regards


ps, this post is a bit of a rant, but sometimes it all gets a bit much, please forgive me, I really do love what I do, I love my team, and I love my customers xxoo

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Henceforth: A journey to a new place

The written word has always fascinated me in a way that I possibly don’t even understand yet myself. I remember as a young lad in school that I really enjoyed history, although I must confess, this interest started when I got my first copy of Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, a computer game where you played historical scenarios and learned the historical context around which they happened; a very engaging way to learn indeed. What does this have to do with coffee? Plain and simple – I have no idea! However, this interest inevitably led me, likewise, to have an interest in what people back then were writing about: their beliefs, stories and mythologies. So, a very interesting era for me was the 17th century when the enlightenment took hold and revolutionised our world forever, but a very subtle factor of that era that I think gets overlooked quite easily, is the language of that time and how people spoke and in this particular case: English. English, in my humble opinion and many others I’m sure would agree, of the 17th century was at the height of its beauty and eloquence and would beat any hashtag or literary trend we have now: ANY DAY! It’s also the era of spoken English in which Shakespeare wrote his plays and even now still considered masterpieces.

Henceforth Cold Brew - Available at Alowishus Delicious

Henceforth Cold Brew – Available at Alowishus Delicious

So fast-forwarding to now, having recently started my journey in hospitality and particularly the coffee scene, I jumped at the opportunity when it arose to take forward a project that involved crafting cold brew coffee and also develop its own labelling. I instantly started thinking about the branding and what inspiration I would draw from. Obviously, I went for the amazing gift we have as humans, to communicate with speech, as my inspiration. Any language, of course, is just as amazing as the next but it just so happens that we live in an English speaking country. At least, for the most part, that is.

After pondering on the name of the brand for a bit, I wanted to come up with something that invoked action, as the Merriam-Webster dictionary states, “…expressing some relation of manner or quality, place, time, degree, number…” (Adverb. (n.d.). Retrieved 14 March 2018 from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adverb).

A Cold Brew for Yea-Sayers

And so, Henceforth was born! I loved the fact that one word encapsulated so many things at once but also made a call to action. Henceforth simply means from this point on (Merriam-Webster dictionary). Furthermore, other elements that fit well with Henceforth were a compass and finally – THE COFFEE! With all the elements together, the concept I hoped to convey through the labelling was that ‘from this point onwards (Henceforth) having a cold brew of your choice (THE COFFEE!) will direct your day (the compass) no matter what errand you’re on (YOU the coffee drinker). So with this branding personality in place and the help of David whom I consulted for help on a regular basis and will continue to do as the brand develops, and without whose help wouldn’t have made it possible, we have arrived at what is only the starting point of something special. FIN!



Watch Now: Alowishus Visiting Local Bundy Farms

We surprised 3 local Bundaberg businesses with some of our delicious, house-made gelato. What’s even better, we made it using their very own produce!


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Happy Birthday Bundaberg – Welcome Maryborough

Maryborough Opens on the 6 year anniversary of our Bundaberg Store

6 years ago today we opened our doors for the very first time, down a little arcade at the ‘quiet end’ of town.  It was Wednesday the 28th December 2011.

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Today, quite by accident on Wednesday the 28th December 2018 we opened the doors to our second store in Maryborough.

We were meant to open a few weeks back but as things go, we didn’t quite make it and I’m quite sure it was meant to be.  Today has go

ne really well with the team serving up over 100 coffees to the City of Maryborough.

Maryborough has been super patient with us while we’ve gone about transforming the former Pawn Broker shop into a beautiful space for people to come and meet and relax.   To catch up with old friends, and to make some new ones.  And last but not least to enjoy some great coffee and delicious food.

Our team is very excited about our future in Maryborough, and what we can bring to the community.  Alowishus Delicious exists to be a place for people to meet and develop meaningful relationships and to grow in the community.   We are eager to get to know the people of Maryborough and develop and grow.

Community Based

Just today I received a letter from the Mayor’s office in Bundaberg, letting us know that Alowishus Delicious will be awarded the “Australia Day 2017 – Business Spirit Award”.  This award is in recognition of outstanding achievements by an individual or a business that has made a significant contribution to the development of  the region’s economy.   We are very excited to be receiving this award.

Buying and using local produce is a key criterion of our menu at Alowishus, so we are currently looking for local growers of fresh produce.  If you know people please ask them to email [email protected]

We are also looking for a community group to partner with to roll out our Pay It Forward Program and you can read more information here:


Visit Impact Community Services website to read a little more about what we are doing in the community


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Along with this we are chasing a contact within the community who works with young children.  Maybe someone from the children’s ward at a hospital or a specialist program working with children.  We donate the sales from all our baby chinos to the Children’s Ward at the Bundaberg Base Hospital and would like to do something similar in Maryborough.

You can read more about the organisations we support here:


So a big thanks to Maryborough for making us feel so welcome.


Tracey McPhee


International Sandwich Day


Sandwich Day is observed annually on November 3. The sandwich is believed to be the namesake of John Montagu.  He was the 4th Earl of Sandwich, following the claim that he was the inventor of the sandwich.  bundaberg sandwich

This day honours one of Australia’s most popular lunch items.

Bundaberg Sandwich

Bundaberg Sandwich

The Earl of Sandwich was a Gambling Man:

While the modern sandwich is believed to be named after John Montagu, the exact circumstances of its invention and original use are the subject of debate.  There is a rumour in a contemporary travel book titled Tour to London, by Pierre Jean Grosley.  The rumour formed the popular myth that bread and meat sustained Lord Sandwich at the gambling table.  It is said that Lord Sandwich was a very conversant gambler and did not take the time to have a meal during his long hours playing at the card table.  He also didn’t like holding his cards with greasy meat fingers.  When hungry, he would ask his servants to bring him slices of meat between two slices of bread.  This practice was a habit which was well known to his gambling friends.  They soon began to order “the same as Sandwich,” and from this, the sandwich was born.

N.A.M. Rodger, who wrote Sandwich’s biography, suggests that because of Sandwich’s commitment to the navy, politics and the arts the first sandwich was more likely to have been consumed at his work desk.

Before being known as sandwiches, the food seems just to have been known as bread and meat or bread and cheese.

Some of the most common sandwiches include BLT – Cheese Sandwich – Club Sandwich – Hamburger – Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich (USA) – Reuben – Sloppy Joe – Submarine (Subway)


Every International Sandwich Day, Alowishus will match each Pay it Forward Voucher purchased by our customers with one of our own.

If you can’t make it into the shop, you can purchase online at the link below:



Need something special for your next event?

Maybe our cure vintage Gelato Cart would fit the bill?  Find more here: