Jo Kurpershoek and Dean Anderson at Cafe Calma on East Street which will soon host a mini Luna Markets in its rear courtyard. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Jo Kurpershoek and Dean Anderson at Cafe Calma on East Street which will soon host a mini Luna Markets in its rear courtyard. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Relax in new slow-paced cafe culture at Cafe Calma

IT'S all in the name - Cafe Calma.

Amid the hustle and bustle of Rockhampton's CBD is where you'll find a new atmosphere to relax, enjoy food with friends and connect with your community.

And that was the idea behind it all for owners Jo Kurpershoek and Dean Anderson. It's among many cafes open in the CBD as the cafe culture continues to grow in Central Queensland.

"It's more of a meeting place for the community rather than a cafe," Dean said Wednesday.

"Food is a great equaliser and that's what we love seeing here, people connecting with one another."

Opening in February on East St, Jo said it all started when she and Dean were both stallholders at the Fig Tree markets and would join together to become one alternative-style stall.

"I guess I had the concept for a while and Dean was in a position to invest in the idea where we could have a permanent place and it went from there," she said.

"It's about reconnecting with community and creating an experience and a space that's slowed down. It's about going back to roots. If you strip away everything we're all people."

With a green courtyard filled with up-cycled garden pots and seating, which mixes unique furniture and decor inside, Dean said the food on offer was wholesome with soul.

"We try and use organic food wherever we can; we have gluten free cakes made fresh daily," he said.

The cafe will host the Luna Markets tonight, which Jo said she hoped would become a monthly event.



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