We were invited to the recent opening of Pachamama Café, a newly opened café in the heart of Scarborough’s beach strip. The chilled out café gets its name from Pachamama an Inca goddess. Pachamama is an earth deity who ruled over planting and harvesting seasons and provided the people with everything they could ask for. When the people failed to honour her or left the land depleted, Pachamama who was like a dragon’s breath, would cause the earth to shake, causing earthquakes as a reminder to respect her. Today the Pachamama tribe at Scarborough still worship and honour the goddess with their ethos of conscious and sustainable living.
This café doesn’t just talk the talk they also walk the walk. All their produce is organic or spray free, locally sourced, refined sugar free and seasonal. As an added bonus their wraps, focaccias and cakes are gluten free. They believe in low mileage food and use suppliers that are sustainable. They embrace the reuse and recycle philosophy that ensures there is no wastage. Jac and Daniel the owners assist the community by using only local suppliers.
Their micro-herbs and sprouts are sourced from The Green House Organic. Their ingredients are also sourced from Growing Change – a not for profit organisation, who believe in growing food for a better world. Milk used comes from Grumpy Farmer produced right here in WA. Backyard Coffee supplies them with coffee that is sourced ethically and organically and reuses their packaging. The tea comes from Seven Seas Tea, who use organic, pesticide free tea and package it in Margaret River with leaves from around the globe. Another supplier is I Am Foods who source all their products from farms and nature with respect and caring. Maree Wilkinson is a local chef they support, who tries to improve the health of the gut and focuses on gluten and grain free products. Last but not least is GH Produce who also caters for those who are gluten free, with paleo, healthy and ethical produce. Their focaccia was the best we have ever had – tasty enough to even be eaten on its own!
Try their granola bowls ($14) which are created with granola and fermented cashew cream yoghurt, seasonal fruits and are vegan, gluten free and paleo and come with your choice of milk – coconut, almond or cow’s milk. They create salads, such as mini butternut squash salads which are vegan but you can add poached eggs if you so choose. Or you can try their bountiful Mama’s Bowl that comes with roast pumpkin, broccoli, quinoa, seasonal greens, toasted seeds, lupin and red rice tempeh and is vegan and gluten free ($22). You can also add roasted silverside, pulled beef or pork, chorizo or chicken ($4) or a poached egg.
Or try our favourite item on the menu, the avo smash, on gorgeous paleo sourdough focaccia, which is vegan and gluten free, poached eggs or your choice of meat or chicken may be added to the dish.
We enjoyed their watermelon with fresh seasonal fruits, in our case nectarines, coconut and kiwi, a bargain at just $3 a slice and so refreshing and nourishing in this summer heat.
They also have a dedicated raw treat shelf –with raw balls by Hear Us Raw and other delicious raw treats. We sampled the raw peanut butter and chocolate cups and the peppermint chocolate cups which were rich and flavoursome.
On the menu are smoothies ($9), that can be turned into bowls for ($13) with ingredients like cacao, kale, maple, avocado or rosewater, coconut frappes ($8.50) and cold pressed juices ($8.50) all of which are vegan, gluten free and paleo. We sampled a gorgeous green elixir of life that contained wheatgrass and tasted like summer. You can also try out their home brewed kombucha.
The kale chips are out of this world, they are dehydrated and flavoured with nuts and spices, this is Jac’s signature dish that proved so successful with her friends that her dream of having her café was born. Also on offer are special occasion cakes, which are tailored to your individual needs with the advantage of being raw and refined sugar free. We were in awe of the bright yellow, lush, turmeric cake on display that had raw bliss balls, coconut and real sunflowers that symbolised the beauty of life.
The cafe is currently open 6.30am-2.30pm weekdays (except Tuesday when they are only open for coffee) and 7am-3pm on weekends. Check it out, the next time you're craving something healthy and nourishing, your body and Mother Earth will thank you! They truly embody the saying – be the change you want to see in the world!
10 Scarborough Beach Rd, Scarborough WA