Hemp coffee served up at the Quill Collective in Vasse

Quill Collective owners Taz and Jo Bishop with Vasse Valley Hemp Farm owner Chris Blake.
Quill Collective owners Taz and Jo Bishop with Vasse Valley Hemp Farm owner Chris Blake.

Not only have the team behind The Quill Collective created something special out on Rendevous Road in Vasse, they are now serving up a unique and rare offering in a cup - hemp coffee.

Owners Taz and Jo Bishop teamed up with Vasse Valley Hemp Farm to source hemp seed products which they use to produce a range of healthy eats.

To make the coffee, Mr Bishop produces hemp milk (or nut juice) daily on site from the seeds, then it's frothed like regular milk to make the coffee (and by the way it's delicious).

"The idea was 100 per cent [Vasse Valley Hemp Farm owner] Chris,'" he said.

"The hemp milk is made fresh everyday. I blend it every morning and have been selling nearly a litre of it each day.

"It takes a minute to blend and strain it, I add a little bit of vanilla, and it makes this great coffee.

"Far superior than some of the other options out there.

"People who have tried it once come back again, they are really happy with it, now we just need more people to try it."

Vasse Valley Hemp Farm owner Chris Blake said they heard about hemp milk and had a taste of it.

"We really enjoyed the flavours and thought it would go well in coffee and tea, we had a chat with these guys to see if they were interested in producing and trialing the milk because we hadn't done it yet," he said.

"Taz jumped at it and created this beautiful coffee.

"It is a good alternative for people who are lactose intolerant and it is really good for allergies and people who do not like drinking dairy products.

"From your first hemp coffee in the morning you get health benefits including 3-6-9 omega, an amino acid profile (some good fats) and your protein.

"There is 36 per cent plant protein in every seed and that is really translated into your coffee by a concentrated liquid form of the hemp seed.

"You really get a substantial amount of protein."

A cup of The Quill Collective's hemp coffee.

A cup of The Quill Collective's hemp coffee.

The Quill Collective was the brainchild of Ms Bishop who had an idea to create a community space where people could unwind, do arts and crafts, sit in the garden or even in a library.

The cafe has plenty of arts and crafts on hand including pottery pieces and wooden toys which can be painted and created on site, along with jewelry making and other creative pursuits.

Ms Bishop said she wanted to create a space which would provide a creative outlet where the community could go that was all inclusive.

"It is wheelchair accessible and it's a place where people can come on their own which is why we have all these nooks and a library with single chairs," she said.

"People can come and read or write, do crafts, or whatever it is.

"When people can go to a creative space it is a calming thing as a community, it is a really good thing to be able to come along whether it is with your kids, on your own or with a bunch of friends.

"People can come here and be creative without having to go out and buy all this stuff, we have everything here so you can come in and just dip into something.

"It has been really loving seeing the people who do come and spend some creative time here, especially when it has been raining and it's packed, everyone is engaged and doing things."

Sustainability is at the forefront of everything they do. The collective does not have any single use cups or takeaway packaging, they even make their own napkins from cut up sheets.

"Bring a cup, buy a cup or borrow a cup, if someone wants to buy a cake to takeaway it goes away in an egg carton," Ms Bishop said.

"Everything gets reused or recycled.

"All the windows here came from an old building, other things were donated or came from secondhand shops and the Lions Shed."