Most coffee drinkers do not think twice about the energy needed to make their hot beverage. But new Oxford eco-cafe The Hog Roast aims to change that and make customers more environmentally-aware.Sounds great fun! Who doesn't love a little eco-rant while you're waiting for your coffee?
Its kettle, oven and lighting will be powered by an onsite wind turbine and vegetables grown nearby, including carrots, beans, potatoes and broccoli, will be used in its soups and sandwiches.
Any food not grown on the cafe’s doorstep will come from local ethical suppliers and all waste food will be composted, to fertilise fresh crops.As Tory Aardvark notes, I can't help but think you've got in on the last rung of a very rickety and about to collapse edifice there, love...
But then, this is Oxford:
The founder of The Hog Roast is second-year Oxford University student Madeleine Ellis-Petersen, 20, who said: “The cafe aims to encourage more people to come down and enjoy the beauty of Hogacre Common and to strengthen the existing community of people who visit the common.
“Money generated by the cafe will be used to support work at the common, thereby enabling more people to enjoy access to the exciting opportunities of the eco-park.
“I'm hoping the cafe will act as a hub for lots of environmental projects.Doesn't sound as though you're hoping it'll turn much of a profit though. Why is that?
About £6,000 of grants have been raised since the project started in March to fund the conversion of a former college sports pavilion into a cafe.Ah. Of course...
Ms Ellis-Petersen, who is studying history and politics at Magdalen College, hopes to get a wood-burning stove for the winter to make the cafe fully self-sufficient.Or to draw in 'Guardian' readers?
She added: “The cafe will highlight the importance and viability of local food and low-carbon life choices and create a space everyone in the community can enjoy.”Really? More like a tiny minority. Everyone else'll be in Tesco...