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.