Sister Srey Cafe

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Eco-responsible coffee shop

On Siem Reap, we went for a bite in a small cafe restaurant named Sister Srey coffee. Created 6 years ago by Cassie and Lauren, this coffee, which is also a social enterprise, is now managed by a UK couple living close to the city. 

In this restaurant you can only find vegetarian and vegan, organic or chemical-free food, made with local and fresh products. The coffee is responsibly sourced, chemical free and fair trade.

But the commitment of this restaurant is not only in its kitchen,

 

they are also taking action to reduce their carbon footprint.

 

For them, even the smallest steps count.

Their cooking oil are sent to NagaEarth (www.shycproject.com/nagaearth/), to be turned into biodiesel. The food waste produced by the kitchen goes to a small local farm, where it is used as a fertilizer and food for livestock. 90% of all their waste is either composted or recycled.

They try to be as plastic free as possible. They use eco-friendly take away boxes, plastic bags made by Rehash Trash, newspaper bags, newspaper handle for coffee cup , and they no longer sell water bottle but provide a water bottle refill station, … The only thing which is hard to do without are the take-out cups, so they charge them an extra 0.25, or reward customers who decide to drink their coffee on the spot.

To be more engaged on the plastic field, they are part of clean-up groups around town. They recently participate in #PlasticFreeJuly with Cleanbodia, and they are active members of the “Clean-Up Temple town”, a group of community volunteers picking up rubbish in cities.

With other engaged restaurants of the city, Sister Srey coffee is one of the founders of the CAFE collective, a group of restaurants in Siem Reap willing to act for the environment and the empowerment of the Cambodian people. This team has existed for 1 year, and they are working collectively to find more eco-friendly solutions to run their businesses and to raise awareness in the city.

They also support landmine clearance by donating a percentage of their profits for demining program led by APOPO Humanitarian Demining.

Sister Srey also helps Khmer students who struggle to keep a balance between their studies and supporting their families

Supporting their 18 members team is “the number one thing” for the two managers. To achieve this goal, they provide their staff with lessons on various topics: English, management, hospitality, health and banking. They also organize workshops with them. 

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For the owners, taking care of the planet while doing business is the hardest thing to do, and that’s why it is important for them. They realise they are privileged enough with their business running well to take action, and they hope to inspire change by doing so.