Food and Drink

This Indigenous-Owned Coffee Is The First To Ever Hit Supermarket Shelves in Australia

Reconciliation in a cup.

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Owned by Mununjali Palawa man Shawn Andrews and distributed through his company Supply Aus, is a new coffee brand called DHUWA (dee-wah), which is Indigenous-owned and is now stocked at selected Woolworths.

This is a really awesome thing. To have Indigenous representation at a supermarket chain, with the ability to buy an Indigenous-owned product and bring it home, we’ll not only be supporting Indigenous products, but we’ll also be contributing financially to support Indigenous-youth organisations. 

Andrews co-owns Supply Aus, which is an Indigenous-owned and managed company, that creates and distributes a range of high-quality and industry-leading products and services.

“Supply Aus is all about developing indigenous brands and investing in Indigenous business, with a focus on putting money back deliberately back into charities that work with Indigenous young people,” Andrews tells Thrillist.

After starting up in 2020, with just under $800 in their bank account, Supply Aus was able to give $800,000 worth of goods and cash to multiple Indigenous organisations that work with Indigenous youth. And this is just the beginning.

In this new venture, Andrews partnered with Griffiths Bros Roastery to create the blends of Australia’s first Indigenous-owned coffee, and he says that the partnership was a no-brainer. 

“They’re the oldest coffee roaster in Australia, and we’re the oldest culture in the world. There was so much synergy from the get-go, it just made sense.” Andrews tells Thrillist. 

“People don’t often trust us in business, as Indigenous people. I’ve never experienced the level of personal investment that Griffiths Bros put into us. They really let me drive the project, which is what needs to happen for Indigenous companies to get real representation in the product market.”

Indigenous people need to be involved, not silenced. Luckily, young people in Australia today are waking up to the injustice that our country was born from. As consistently conscious consumers and endless platforms to discuss our opinions, the youth of today can see right through tokenism. We want real stories, authentic products. We want to know where the products we buy come from, and what buying them will mean. 

“We’re doing this for the future of our young people. Putting something on the shelf that is home grown and Indigenous not only gives them representation and hopefully, inspiration, but it also puts actual money towards creating a better future for them.”

3% of all DHUWA sales go straight back to their charity partner, Dreaming Futures.

You can find DHUWA coffee at selected Woolworths stores, and you can read more about the different blends charity efforts on their website.

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Food and Drink

GABS is Touring Australia and New Zealand This Year

Taste 117 brand new, creative and quirky craft beers released only at GABS.

great australasian beer spectacular

Australia’s biggest craft beer celebration, the Great Australasian Beer Spectacular is returning to Sydney this May for a festival like no other.

Renowned as one of the world’s leading beer experiences, GABS brings together the best breweries from Australia and New Zealand for a whirlwind celebration of craft beer, including 117 brand new festival beers brewed exclusively for GABS—you can’t find anywhere else in the world.

GABS packs in 20,000 enthusiasts to the Melbourne edition, yet it is still one the best-kept secrets in Sydney, and with the new owners being local, they want to change that.

This year’s big news is a move from Sydney Olympic Park to the ICC in Darling Harbour and the addition of an early evening Friday session for city-goers.

Whilst there are over 700 taps to choose from, GABS is not only all about the beer. There are wine, gin and whiskey stands and a hefty lineup of activities to accompany all that sipping, too, which will span a silent disco, roaming jazz bands, circus and sideshow performers, games and panels with industry leaders, as well as delicious food options to line your stomach.

Purchase tickets here.

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