Respond to Review of Cosset
Review: Nice little place to have a snack and while away and hour, food great (a bit pricy)and very friendly staff, however, hardly vegan friendly when it's serving cows milk and dairy based yogurt, might just as well have a side of beef hanging in the window. Sure it's good to be able to get vegan food but you can get vegan food anywhere (even in MC donalds), in my humble opinion if they want to tout themselves as vegan or vegan friendly (i accept they may not be advertising themselves as such)then they should be selling only vegan food otherwise it's just another omnivores cafe devoid of concern for animals. Is the vegan food just to pull in the punters? i suppose so, when it all boils down to it they just want to make a buck regardless of any ethical concerns.
Posted by misssakura on Friday, February 22, 2013
"hardly vegan friendly when it's serving cows milk and dairy based yogurt". The term 'vegan friendly' means that the establishment serves a good selection of vegan food. Cosset goes beyond even that definition by making all of its food vegan. The review then states "when it all boils down to it they just want to make a buck regardless of any ethical concerns". It is incredibly, incredibly hard for even a normal dairy-meat-happy cafe to stay open for more than a year. Can you imagine what the odds are then, for a vegan cafe? It's all very well to state that you want somewhere to be 100% vegan and in an ideal world that would happen. However there are people who refuse to drink coffee with soy milk and would steer away from this place. Isn't it better to have a cafe that stays open and supports vegan food rather than one that is idealistic but ends up closing? There isn't a lot of choice in New Zealand, believe it or not and I think this is an acceptable compromise. The staff stated to me before that they only buy small quantities of milk from organic farms. Perhaps if they become more established they can phase out the milk. I find it ridiculous that you think "otherwise it's just another omnivores cafe devoid of concern for animals". How is it an omni cafe when the milk is in a fridge, away from the kitchen and is only served to customers who specifically ask for cow's milk? To then state it may as well be McDonalds is a further insult. They are trying very hard, in a country that is very meat and cheese happy, to introduce a great selection of vegan food to the public and doing a good job. This is, for all intents and purposes, a vegan cafe.