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Suspended coffees booming, drinkers not so much

ESPRESSO: John Rees from Blueys Cafe, front left, and Paul Deegan from LJ Hooker Lismore, right, join staff from LJ Hooker in promoting the suspended coffee phenomenon.
ESPRESSO: John Rees from Blueys Cafe, front left, and Paul Deegan from LJ Hooker Lismore, right, join staff from LJ Hooker in promoting the suspended coffee phenomenon. Cathy Adams

UPDATE, 1pm: THE Northern Rivers' suspended coffee experiment continues to roar along, with Blueys cafe at Lismore reporting a single customer had bought 10 to later be given free to someone who could not afford one.

Blueys Cafe owner John Rees said the cafe had sold more than 60 suspended coffees since starting to sell them last week.

Praise for That New Coffee Shop at Ballina for choosing to sell suspended coffees.
Praise for That New Coffee Shop at Ballina for choosing to sell suspended coffees.

However like That New Coffee Shop at Ballina, which started selling suspended coffees the same morning as Blueys, Mr Rees said there was some difficulty finding people to drink a suspended coffee.

Since last Thursday afternoon, somewhere between 10 and 15 people had stopped in to drink one of the suspended coffee at Blueys.

That New Coffee Shop owners Jennie and Steve Janes were still waiting for their first suspended coffee drinker to walk through the door.

The Janes had started calling on groups such as church organisations and charities such as St Vincent de Paul to spread the word about suspended coffees to people who might like to drink one.

Enthusiasm for buying suspended coffees at Ballina remained strong, although it had not reached the blitzkreig proportions seen at Blueys.

As of Friday morning, the cafe had sold a total 14 suspended coffees and it had sold a few more across the weekend, Ms Janes said.

Ms Janes and Mr Rees both said they had been given warm feedback on their decisions to sell suspended coffees.

That New Coffee Shop's Facebook page has been flooded with compliments, including one from Norway, as well as from people at Newcastle and the Gold Coast, as well as locals.

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April 5: SUSPENDED coffees on the Northern Rivers have hit their first snag - it appears that people are more willing to buy them than to drink them.

Ballina cafe That New Coffee Shop, which this week became the first Northern Rivers cafe to start selling suspended coffees said the idea had been welcomed by clients and they had so far sold 14 beverages.

The idea is the sale is "suspended" and the coffee is then given free to someone who cannot afford one.

Unfortunately, no-one had yet stepped forward to drink a suspended coffee.

The cafe has this morning asked on its Facebook page for people in church groups or who work with the homeless or in organisations such as the Savlation Army or St Vincent de Paul to spread the word about suspended coffees.

"This only helps if we are giving them out as well!" the cafe posted.

A picture of the "suspended coffee" post that has been doing the rounds on Facebook.
A picture of the "suspended coffee" post that has been doing the rounds on Facebook.

Topics:  suspended coffee


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