Stuff Needed

There’s always a huge list of things needed here at Cup From Above.  Some things are needed internally at the charity and other things are needed for individuals and families we are supporting.  Here’s the list…

Commercial Induction Cooktop

We’ve started preparing food in the valley for our customers!  Scotty is back who used to be with us in our Aspley store.  He’s a great cook.  We’ve got a great commercial press but he’s requested a quality commercial induction cooktop so he can prepare specific items efficiently for the cafe menu.

This one by Apuro is ideal.  Nisbets have one available for $357 listed on their website here.




Entry Level Commercial Coffee Machine for our new Training Centre

We are developing our hospitality training program into a certified course.  We have teamed up with an RTO and several other NGO’s to work with the most disadvantaged members of the community, to empower them with skills and now, with the certificates, to open new doors to employment and ending the cycle of poverty.

We are currently using the cafe after hours but we are outgrowing this very quickly.  To effectively run this program we need more equipment.  The main item we need is a low level espresso machine.  We’ve got an amazing machine in the cafe which is effective in teaching the higher end of the coffee industry but we’ve found that teaching exclusively on this machine can actually diminish the opportunity for employment where the bulk of the jobs are actually available for the guys we train.

We think a 2 group Wega would perfectly satisfy the needs for this program.  We found a refurbished one for $5000 online today.  Anything around this level would suit.

Having this machine would enable us to teach more students and place them in more jobs ending the cycle of poverty for more individuals with significant barriers.


Cup From Above Van

Every week we help out several people in crisis by dropping off necessary items like beds, washing machines, food hampers and other daily essentials.

We also have our homeless program where we take items along which at the moment is catered for by Jeff the Chef.  However the van would allow us to setup a mobile espresso rig which means we could give away free coffee at our homeless program and even better we could then take the van to markets and other events and launch Cup From Above as a mobile venture.  This would potentially create another job or two.  We would also ask our graffiti artists to spray paint the van with the cup from above logo and an art theme to express our story so that everywhere the van goes it’s spreading the community gospel of Cup From Above.

Just looking on Car Sales website we’re looking at about $22,000 for a 3 year old van (still low kilometres but a lot cheaper than buying new).  We could potentially get a loan if someone was to donate say $10k we could get a loan for $12k.  Setting up the ‘mobile cafe’ idea inside the van would cost up to another $20k depending on how thorough we make it.  (Do we wire in customised commercial refrigeration or just throw some milk in an esky… one costs $50 the other $5000).

In any case we can get the van first, which will achieve most of our goals, and then proceed with acquiring the funds to customise it to achieve more complex goals.

If you would like to contact us about supplying any of these items please email me at  Thank you so much!