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Call­ing all coffee shops

I WENT for a jog this morn­ing (in Dubbo) and couldn't find a coffee shop at 5am. I'm just vis­it­ing from Bathurst and usu­ally get a coffee at 5am af­ter my jog. I reckon a lo­cal coffee shop could make a lot of money by open­ing at 5am. What do you think?

In Bathurst we have two coffee shops that are open at 5am and they re­ceive a lot of busi­ness. Crema on Ge­orge (Cam­pos) is a quirky “hole in the wall” coffee shop lo­cated in the cen­tre of Bathurst. The first time I had a coffee there I had to sit down for a while be­cause it was so strong. Yet af­ter a few vis­its, I quickly de­vel­oped a tol­er­ance for their smooth bev­er­ages. They also have an out­door heater, so if you're up early and want to sit down and en­joy a coffee you can. One morn­ing I went to get a coffee from Cam­pos and there were two trucks parked out­side and four utes. As you can imag­ine, there is a mar­ket for early morn­ing work­ers.

But, the qual­ity of coffee served has a lot to do with it too. The early morn­ing barista at Cam­pos has taken the early morn­ing shift for some time and has made one ex­cel­lent coffee af­ter an­other.

This coffee shop also opened early on An­zac day 2015 to pro­vide coffee (and warmth) for me­mo­rial at­ten­dees. It was a great idea be­cause the out­let is near the Bathurst war me­mo­rial. I was there that morn­ing and roughly 30 peo­ple bought coffee. They did have a few bot­tle­neck is­sues be­cause, even with ex­tra staff, they could only make so many cof­fees at once. Yet, I didn't have to wait long to get my coffee.

The other coffee shop that is open at 5am in Bathurst is Al Denté, lo­cated on the cor­ner of Kep­pel and Bentinck Streets. They serve gourmet cof­fees and also serve deli foods of var­i­ous sorts. Al Denté was the orig­i­nal early morn­ing coffee shop, pre-dat­ing Crema by nearly a decade. They have a very strong Ital­ian style coffee that may suit your taste. Bike rid­ers of­ten pre­fer their shop. I no­ticed one morn­ing that five bikes were stacked up next to the shop.

So if you own a Dubbo coffee shop, work in one, or know some­one who does, sug­gest to them a 5am shift. They may be sur­prised at the amount of money they make, and (ahem) I will get a great coffee in the morn­ing.

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