Cafe ensures you fly espresso

COFFEE will still be available to travellers at Lismore Airport despite Caddies ending their 11-year lease on the airport cafe.

Owner of Caddies Coffee, Bill Sheaffe, said the cafe "was profitable" and the lease has been assigned to Rainbow Regional Aviation, who operate ground services at the airport for REX.

"After 25 years we'd had enough of the food industry," Mr Sheaffe said. "...Given that our Lismore cafe was closing and it ran cooperatively with the airport cafe - the stock was moved around and things like that - it was a natural decision."

Mr Sheaffe began leasing the airport cafe 11 years ago while operating his cafe and coffee bean store in Lismore. He said he's now looking forward to a simpler life running one business instead of three.

"Letting go of the airport was not a difficult decision because I want to focus on our bean shop which is still alive and well," he said. "I've given them all our suppliers' contacts and they will certainly still be serving Caddies Coffee," he said.

Aaron Thelander, 27, will operate the airport cafe with his brother, Corey Thelander, 24.

The Thelanders have a long involvement at Lismore Airport and Mr Thelander described himself as "part of the furniture."

"We thought the cafe would be a good acquisition for myself and my brother and we also wanted to keep running a quality service for passengers at the airport," he said.

Mr Thelander said no coffee lover should have to board a flight without sipping their favourite blend.

"For sure," he laughed. "Coffee is an absolute essential for travellers at 5.30 in the morning."

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