Visiting Zillmere’s Pivet Cafe

Today we visited Pivet Cafe.  They recently launched in the suburb of Zillmere just a couple of kilometres from where Cup From Above first launched in Aspley 6 years ago.

On their website it says…

“At Pivet, we have a company philosophy that small changes can lead to big outcomes, and with just a little bit of pivet, bad days can become good days, and good days can become great days. Whether it is through our coffee, food, venues or staff interactions, our aim is that our customers leave a little bit happier than when they came in; a hub where your day just got better.”

As we discussed their mission I indulged in their eggs benny with a side of salmon.  It was delicious.  They have some of the old crew from Shutter & Brew, which closed down not too long ago working behind their espresso machine.  They really know their coffee and served me a delicious flat white.  After 6 years of training baristas I have developed an unavoidable paranoid level of coffee analysis.  It’s not just a drink anymore.  I can tell if someone cares about the coffee they’ve made.  Most baristas don’t even know how to calibrate their gear.  Some baristas know how and just don’t care.  The coffee they’re serving is lower in acidity and full bodied.  If you don’t know what that means then you’re going to love it.  If you do know what that means… well then you can travel all the way into the city to see Adam Wang at Coffee Anthology.

It takes an immense amount of energy to start and run a great cafe.  To do it with the purpose of helping others at its core is akin to insanity.  Creating a business that empowers disadvantaged people the life changing opportunity to honestly grow and develop their skills in a safe authentic place is one of the greatest ways to make the world a better place.  You simply can’t create a government funded training program, with any amount of funding, to replace what can be taught and experienced in a real social enterprise.  You can’t just fund love.  And love is what drives someone to do something like this.  The owner, who wants to remain anonymous for now, has worked with disadvantaged youth for years preceding this venture.  The lack of opportunity for those young folk is what inspired the creation of this cafe.

I’ve always thought a truly great cafe should embody it’s local community.  Before I visited I wasn’t sure how they’d go managing this.  I grew up just down the road and it really is a rough spot they’re in.  Zillmere Train Station, which is literally a stone’s throw from Pivet, has quite a well deserved bad reputation.  However sitting inside you really could be at any great suburban cafe in Australia.  They’ve succeeded in building a welcoming sanctuary.  There’s a spot out the back with a little kids play area that’s cordoned off with lattice and a homely cafe garden.  It’s partly covered which this morning welcomed the warm winter sun as the children played.  You can see from the photos that it’s beautifully decorated and the cafe wouldn’t be out of place in Hamilton.  Yet the culture was still unashamedly all Australian.  I noticed a few of the local Zillmerean clientele sporting their best going out thongs as they collected their morning coffee.  I think that’s what I loved most about it.  They have the passion to build an exceptional cafe and are serving world class coffee but with none of the BS pretense.  And more than all of that it’s a profit for purpose business that exists to empower the unemployed with real skills.

This is the first cafe we’ve visited in what we’re calling our #cafesfromabove tour.  Our plan over the next few months is to visit cafes who are doing something great for their community and share what they’re doing with you all.  It was so great to hear their heart for their community and that they’re so passionate about seeing real transformation in young lives that need it most.

They’re open 7 days a week.  Go check them out and let us know what you think.  🙂

You can find them on social media here:

Website:  Facebook:  Instagram:  @pivetcoffee_

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Catering Menu

Our Current Catering Menu


Gourmet Sandwiches $8

Chicken, lettuce, tomato & mayo

Avocado, tomato, hummus & lettuce (Vegan)

Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion & carrot w basil pesto (Vegan)

Turkey, cranberry & cheese

Ham off-the-bone, cheese & tomato


Bagels $10

Salmon, Dill, Cream Cheese, Capers

Bacon, Cheese, Egg & Housemade Tomato Chutney

Basil Pesto, Tomato, Avocado & Coz Lettuce (Vegan)


Wraps $10

Turkey, brie, cranberry sauce, avocado, cucumber & lettuce

Chicken Caesar Salad

Basil Pesto, Tomato, Avocado & Coz Lettuce (Vegan)


Salads $12


Pumpkin, Roquette, Tomato

Couscous Salad

Beetroot & Feta

Fruit Salad

Extras $4:  Chicken, Salmon, Lamb

$38 per kilo which serves approximately 4 as a meal or 8 as a side


Chocolate Cake with icing (serves 20 – 40) $50

Housemade sweets platter (assorted bite sized bits serves 10-12) $60

Banana Bread Loaf (12 slices) $40

Fresh Baked Scones w/Jam & Cream $3.50ea

Cookies Assorted Flavours $3ea


Hot Platters $60

Assorted Platter:  Pick any 4 of the below

Quiches – Assorted Flavours & Ingredients

Sausage Rolls – Housemade

Chorizo in Filo Pastry


Mini Chickpea Patties


Mini Meatballs

Spring Rolls

Spinach & Feta Puffs


Trio of dips served with crackers, carrot & celery sticks

Four cheese platter w dried fruit, almonds, figs & water crackers

Antipasti platter w/ cold meats, cheeses, olives, roast capsicum



Disposable Cutlery Set w/Napkin 50c

Strong Paper Plate 25c EA or $20 for 50

12oz Paper Cups 30c EA

Napkins $1 for 10 or $5 for 100

Downloadable PDF of our Catering Menu

CFA Catering Menu 13May18

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We’re Hiring Soon

Part Time Position: Barista/Café All Rounder.

Cup From Above is an innovative social enterprise that exists to champion disadvantaged members of the community with significant barriers to employment and empowers them with employable skills. We operate as a profitable hospitality business that also allows people who are learning to do on the job training alongside professional hospitality workers.


The Position

You will be working with the team to deliver great quality food and service. In this role you will be working in a busy café environment, preparing and serving meals. The cafe is located in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

You’ll be offered shifts primarily Monday to Friday morning with the possibility of some weekend work. Initially we have 15 hours but it is likely there could be a full-time position coming up soon. Let us know if you are interested in part time or full time. You’ll be offering great service for all our customers not only to run the business well but also to example to our trainees how to work in the hospitality industry who will be learning alongside you. We are looking for someone to showcase their passion for coffee, food, customer service and leadership.


Key duties

  1. Serve your customers exceptional food and coffee
  2. Train and mentor new staff and trainees to achieve high standards in F&B service
  3. Actively engage and positively interact with customers to build rapport
  4. Lead by example with exceptional presentation and grooming standards
  5. Complete all tasks and necessary administration each day
  6. Complete end of day procedures, including basic reporting
  7. Complying with food safety regulations


The Person

  1. Must have at least 3 years experience in hospitality
  2. Previous hospitality experience in a fast paced reputable venue
  3. Possess and be able to demonstrate great leadership skills
  4. Exceptional Interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
  5. Barista experience essential though training will be provided
  6. Experience with training and development of staff
  7. Honest and reliable team player with cash handling experience


The Benefits

Cup From Above is not just a cafe. It’s a place where people come to grow and develop themselves not just in their hospitality skills but as a person. In all honesty it can be really difficult and trialing work at times. Working in a busy cafe and operating a profitable business while simultaneously working alongside trainee volunteers with complex needs can be taxing.  It’s more than a job… it’s a calling.  The reward is you get to use the skills you’ve developed to empower these individuals and be a part of their transformation and also celebrate the victory when they succeed and get their first job since being homeless or whatever they were struggling with.

If this sounds like a role you’d be passionate about please get in touch with us.

Please forward your CV through to

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