Coffee Barrel At Primitive Surf
Coffee barrel was borne out of a need to fill in underutilized space in Brisbane’s iconic custom surfboard shop; Primitive Surf.
When Craig and Dale threw the idea around the local community, Ryan Thistleton from Coffee Barrel stepped up to play when previous entrepreneurs just didn’t make the cut.
Ryan says that Coffee Barrel supports an awesome charity set up by surfers called Surf Aid.
“Coffee Barrel purchases sustainable coffee beans from Sumatra that provides realistic employment for locals.” Ryan said.
Surf Aid is a non-profit humanitarian organisation whose aim is to improve the health, well being and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing. http://www.surfaid.org/
“One dollar from every kilo of coffee we sell at coffee barrel is donated directly to Surf Aid” Ryan. (Coffee Barrel)
“We work together with communities and local government to prevent mother and child suffering and death. The latest Indonesian statistics show that every three hours a mother dies in childbirth, while every hour 20 babies die. Half of these babies are less than one month old. In remote areas these figures are worse. We provide a mix of practical support, education and health promotion that aims to change poor health behaviors into positive behaviors. Simple basic stuff, really, but with huge effects!”
To make a long story short, Surf Aid was created by surfers who saw an opportunity in the locations that they were surfing for change. Surfing humanitarians have taken up the challenge to make sure that the communities they visit have been improved as a result of their presence.
Coffee barrel is proud to support Surf aid.
Ryan currently lives on the Gold Coast and has been surfing Primitive Surfboards for over a decade. He has surfed in and around some of the regions that Surf Aid directly supports, so he has seen first-hand the benefits that this work is doing.
Ryan’s favourite Primitive surfboard is his “Machete” which was one of the first prototypes of the latest version of the model.
“My 5 10” machete is my magic stick. It has a lower rail and just feels sic! I also own a Scimitar with a round tail which I go to as soon as it gets bigger and gnarly” Ryan.
The official opening of Coffee Barrel will be on 4 July. Ryan is hoping to have a couple of the Broncos, professional surfers and some musicians at the event to celebrate.
Of course all Primitive surfers and their friends are welcome!
So the next time you pop into primitive Surf to pick up a block of wax or to order your brand-new custom-made surfboard, grab a coffee from Coffee Barrel and get totally stoked on good coffee, good times for everyone especially the local people who live in the places that we love to surf.