Ohana Coffee Hut

We've wanted coffee on-site since first opening, its been much requested by our beloved swimmers and regulars too; however, two of the main ingredients for such a lovely cup o'Joe is electricity and water, 2021 is the first season we've had this and we hope you enjoy Ohana in all its glory.

Ohana is entirely Sarah's own creation, an informal coffee bar serving quality coffee, excellent cake and her own favourite: crepes.

Keeping eco-accountability at heart, the cake would be cooked locally by a small business (by none other than one of our swimmers it turns out!) Jonathans Catering, the coffee from Cirencester provided by the renowned Rave Coffee and the crepes? Well, it was time for Sarah to pick up a spatula and put her skills to the test, and, with the number we've all eaten I don't think there's anything to question.

Inspiration came from many of her own favourite places around the world:

O'kere falls cafe on the banks of the Kaituna, NZ. 

Cafe de la P just off Pucon highstreet, Chile.

Ana's on the beach, Dickensons bay beach, Antigua.

With these on the drawing board there were some definite eco and ethical veins running through and a strong similarities in style. Ohana was always going to be a converted shipping container and the tag line recycle, reuse, repurpose became a strongly muttered phrase whilst trying to find the next solution.

In the end the walls were made from unused floor panels, front panels from barn roof blown off during the last El Nino, work tops saved from a cancelled order, broken fence posts used as edging, scrapped pallets for signage and a 100 year old rail as a collection shelf

So why Ohana? Those disney fans of you will have immediately said:

"Ohana means Family, family means no one get left behind" in a funny voice.

This is a well loved phrase from Lilo and Stitch explaining the deep meaning of the Hawaiian word. We've always been tribal at Lake 86, we are proud of our repeat customers, regulars and swimmers, a small but tight community where kinship is strong and hearts wide. Ohana fits nicely.

The swirly thing? That's a Koru, as any student back from their gap yah can tell you, a Maouri symbol of an unfurling fern symbolising a new start.

Every day could be a new start, this should normally be accompanied by coffee.

Sarah has been a professional athlete since secondary school and is greatly enjoying her new start that she can plough all her energy into.

Over the last few years there has been a rush and desire to appear eco-friendly, both for governments and for retailers, in trying to source ethical products and consumables for the Hut Sarah was suprised and disgusted with the mis-guided and mis-leading information being peddled.

Compostable - this is compostable, if put in the right type of bin, if it makes it, at the SINGLE industrial composting facility in the UK. So basically not.

Bio-degradable - if combined with the right chemicals... mostly not found in nature, and therefore unlikely to, well, biodegrade.

Recycleable* - the retailer is the only one that knows but a massive amount of cups are recycleable... once they've had the plastic lining and cardboard seperated.