Busi­ness boom­ing for Coast eater­ies

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - BRI­ANNA MOR­RIS-GRANT

BUSI­NESS is boom­ing on the Gold Coast with mul­ti­ple restau­rants open­ing their doors around the re­gion in the last few months.

The Gold Coast’s eco­nomic per­for­mance is re­port­edly far above other ar­eas of Queens­land, as Har­bour Town’s new eat­ing precinct and Coomera West­field also bring­ing new restau­rants.

City Coun­cil­lor Gail O’Neill said she had no­ticed the trend and hoped it would con­tinue, not­ing new busi­nesses across Burleigh and much of the south­ern Gold Coast.

“Even in Coolan­gatta we’ve had a few ones open in just the last cou­ple months so I think it’s a re­ally good sign that we’re alive and kick­ing,” she said.

“I just think we’re a won­der­ful place but I am bi­ased of course. I did hear re­cently a lot of peo­ple come from down south around this time of year and buy prop­erty so that might have some­thing to do with it as well.”

And busi­ness suc­cess in the area isn’t lim­ited to just eco­nomics, as a Surfers Par­adise cafe has taken home more than a dozen medals at the world’s largest cof­fee roast­ers com­pe­ti­tion.

Para­dox Cof­fee Roast­ers won a to­tal of 14 medals, in­clud­ing a gold medal for its Or­ganic Pur­ple Rain Espresso blend, at the Golden Bean Awards.

The event is aimed at find­ing Aus­tralia’s best cof­fee roast­ing busi­ness across 10 award cat­e­gories in­clud­ing De­caf­feinated, Milk Based Latte and Or­ganic Espresso.

The cafe has been run­ning for just over four years, and op­er­a­tions man­ager James McKen­ney says they have their cus­tomers to thank for the suc­cess.

“The awards are judged by a room full of cof­fee snobs, peo­ple who know cof­fee and have a dif­fer­ent palate than some­one who’ll just walk into a cafe,” he said.

“So we’ve al­ways tried to strike a bal­ance be­tween cof­fee that’s re­ally pro­gres­sive, spe­cialty or ar­ti­san without ex­clud­ing peo­ple.

“This com­pe­ti­tion so­lid­i­fied it for us that we can cre­ate stuff that peo­ple want to buy that will also win awards.”

But Mr McKen­ney said they were not con­tent just to try for 15 medals next time.

“Our next tar­get is to win over­all, which es­sen­tially means you win across the three pri­mary cat­e­gories, which are espresso, milk based and fil­ter,” he said.

“We won sil­ver in two of them but we’re get­ting quite close to be­com­ing the over­all win­ners.”

Pic­tures: TERTIUS PICKARD

James McKen­ney with one of the 14 medals Para­dox Cof­fee Roast­ers scored at the Golden Bean Awards plac­ing the Surfers Par­adise cafe among the best in the coun­try.

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