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Community and Events

Businesses can make a huge difference in their community, which is why giving back is at the heart of everything we do. Supporting and assisting local charities, organisations, groups and schools has built the foundation of what Merlo Coffee is today.

The Common Good

One of our most significant partnerships is with The Common Good, an initiative of The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation.

The team of researchers, volunteers and everyday people at The Common Good are working together to conduct research into discovering cures for chronic disease.

Since 2014, Merlo’s monetary and in-kind contributions of over $1 Million have directly funded research into medical discoveries that could save or improve our own lives, or those of the people we love.


Youngcare is a non-for-profit organisation creating choice and independence for young people aged between 18 and 65 with high care needs. They provide fully accessible and age-appropriate living spaces, grants for equipment and home modifications and support through a national phone line.

As a Youngcare Supporter, on May 10 2019, Merlo donated $1 from every cup of coffee sold in all Merlo owned stores to help raise vital funds for young people with high care needs, like Emily and her family. We are proud to have raised $10,000 for Youngcare during this promotion.

This year, we again donated $1 from every cup of coffee sold in all Merlo owned stores on Thursday 18 November, 2021, resulting in a total donation of $6,081.

The Sycamore School

For the past few years, Merlo have proudly supported the wonderful work of The Sycamore School – a school in Alexandra Hills dedicated to providing a safe and inclusive educational environment for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A not-for-profit organisation, The Sycamore School works to provide young people with opportunities to reach their potential.

As part of Autism Awareness Month in April, the Merlo team across 15 locations dress as “Superheroes for Sycamore School” Day and shine a light on the daily lives of children with ASD. From every coffee sold on the day, $1 is donated to The Sycamore School to improve the resources and programs offered to students and their families.

3rd Space Brisbane

Located in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, 3rd Space is a drop-in centre where homeless people can find practical support, friendship and dignity.

They help hundreds of people every year, assisting some with simple things such as a shower or a meal and a cup of tea, and others with a program of support for more complex needs.

Head into 3rd Space Café at 505 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley to enjoy a fresh Merlo Coffee and a healthy breakfast or lunch.

Hummingbird House

Merlo are supporting Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only children’s hospice, so they can continue to provide short break stays, support services, creative therapies, and care at the end of life for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

To read more about the important work at Hummingbird House, click here.

Vinnies CEO Sleepout

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is a one-night event where hundreds of CEO's, business owners and community and government leaders sleep outdoors to support the many Australians who are at risk or experiencing homelessness.

Merlo has proudly supported the CEO Sleepout in Brisbane for a number of years by donating coffee and serving up barista-made hot beverages from our coffee van for volunteers.

Brisbane City Football Club

The Merlo family and Merlo Coffee have had a long association with Brisbane City Football Club with the main grand stand being named after Dean’s father Gino, who was a former President of the Club.  

Merlo has supported the Brisbane City Football Club for many years by way of coffee machine and coffee supply as well as being official shirt sponsors for various teams within the Club.

Events with Merlo

Merlo has been serving premium coffee at events of all sizes and stature across South East Queensland for many years. We also boast an in-house Events Coordinator who will liaise with you to ensure the smooth sailing of serving Merlo Coffee at your event.

Looking for great coffee at your next event? We would love to hear from you!

Please fill out the enquiry form below and we will be in touch.