Our Food Philosophy


Northern end of Trinity Wharf, Wharf Street. Cairns 4870


We admire the growers, farmers, fishermen, foragers and the people who put love into how they produce their produce.

Everything has its moment to shine, seasonality, provenance and preservation are important to us.

Our philosophy is to have produce at its optimum and wherever possible grown, harvested or caught sustainably and ethically and more importantly – locally.

We highlight the simplest ingredients in our menu with the utmost care and flair and we respect the natural and social environment around us to influence us and others to leave more.

It is up to us all to create a sustainable loop of health to share with our environment, community and our precious selves.

wharf one coffee

We like most people are passionate about coffee. We are proud of the Australian addiction and the long heritage of coffee in this country.

Our coffee is made from beans grown and roasted less than a hundred kilometres away by Madella Coffee on the South Johnson River near Mourilyan – half way between Babinda and Tully – the two places that receive the highest rainfall in Australia.

We have been working closely with Madella to develop our roast – we could go with a multinational international bean but prefer to support our local farmers and we are confident our customers appreciate the effort.

The perfect climate of our North together with the high rainfall means that coffee that grows here can thrive without chemicals or artificial fertilisers. The coffee is processed and roasted right on the farm and delivered fresh to our barristers to prepare for you at Wharf One Cafe just the way you like it!