Adam Divardo, Merle Bussey, Diana Sepulveda at 2050 Nice Cream.
Adam Divardo, Merle Bussey, Diana Sepulveda at 2050 Nice Cream. Reuben Wylie

Unique Mackay eatery proving a huge success

AN ice cream shop that doesn't use dairy may sound like an impossible feat to achieve, but according to owners Adam Divardo and Diana Sepulveda all that is needed for such a business to take off is some courage and a ready supply of nuts.

Real nuts are a key ingredient of the ice cream at Twenty50 Nice Cream & Espresso Bar, according to the couple, who use fats synthesised from the nuts to replace those that are normally used in dairy-based ice cream.

"Dairy is made up of water and fats, so we just swap it for sugar fats," they said. "What we usually use is coconut and soy, just a plant based supplement."

The Northern Beaches-based business has been operating since February this year and Mrs Sepulveda said things had been getting busier as word of mouth got around.

"We filter out any ingredients without any nutritional value that most ice cream makers add on; they have many fillers and ingredients without nutritional value and we try to stay away from that.

"We have a lot of customers that have the one member in the family who has allergies and they find it very easy to come here to a place where everyone can eat, regardless of their dietary restrictions," she said. "We get plenty of kids whose parents walk in here with them and say 'you can have anything' and they reply 'anything?' because they can't usually have (most ice cream ingredients)."

Aside from serving ice cream for people with lactose and gluten intolerance, the couple is also ethically minded when it comes to running their business.

"We use single origin Colombian coffee beans... from Kai Coffee roasters in Sunshine Coast," Mrs Sepulveda said.

Mr Divardo said $2 from every kilo of coffee sold (by Kai) went to World Vision.

"Their coffee was awesome so that's pretty good."

The couple also supports The Mackay Foundation and Carbon Neutral.

Mrs Sepulveda said people were becoming increasingly aware of social issues.

"It's part of the reason for the name 'Twenty50' we want to help achieve a sustainable future by 2050 but for all sustainability not just the environmental part, also helping achieve a more responsible society," she said. One of the achievements the couple is most proud of since opening is having introduced completely biodegradable cups as well as reusable dine-in plates, which they claim has enabled them to prevent 3112 plastic cups from entering landfill in Mackay.


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