When Raw Energy was founded in 1998 in Coolum on the Sunshine Coast, the vision was simple: to provide fresh food, juices, smoothies and coffee, and serve it in a fast and funky environment. After years of successful operation, the brand grew organically into a franchise model that caught the attention of Elen Gueorguier, who was keen to share healthy nosh into urban Brisbane.
“Raw Energy is not just about eating healthy; it’s about a healthy lifestyle. It’s about using the freshest unprocessed local ingredients and to have the food prepared on the premises right where you’ve ordered it,” said Elen.
The café offers well rounded all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner options and a very impressive smoothie menu. Supporting the smoothie bar is a line up of Vitamix units, working tirelessly to pump out the highly demanded smoothies.
“The Vitamix blenders have never let us down. They help us achieve smooth drinks quickly. It breaks down even the coarsest fibres even with a drink like Eenie Meenie Greenie it will always come out smooth,” said Elen.
Darren Hutchings from One Alliance and Mathieu Astier from Comcater worked with the team at Raw Energy to ensure that the most efficient and effective equipment was installed to support this fast paced urban café. The kitchen is complete with a RATIONAL SelfCookingCenter®, Garland grills and Comenda commercial dishwasher. Keeping the smoothies, drinks and produce on display cool is pebble ice from the Brema TB Series.
“We were after an ice that was smaller than the regular cubes but not like flakes. The Brema TB series and was exactly what we were after. A versatile ice that could be used for blending, display and straight into drinks. The best advantage is to be able to completely eliminate ice crystals that could remain when using cubes.”
To accommodate the urban customers, Raw Energy also offers a dinner service. City workers can enjoy a few tapas plates and a glass of organic, preservative-free wine or craft beer before heading home. While food trends come and go, the offering of quality, fresh and healthy ingredients is surely here to stay with Raw Energy.