Grinding their way to the top
HIDDEN away in Lismore's Embassy Arcade is the Republic of Coffee Espresso Bar.
It's where the town's lovers of fine coffee get their fast and friendly fix of caffeine.
"Our coffee and customer service are our focus," said owner Nick Muller.
"We appreciate people's time is precious, so if they are getting a takeaway they want it fast because they have places to be.
"The last thing you want is to be hanging around waiting for your coffee."
Mr Muller worked as a barista in Lismore and the Gold Coast for 14 years and he and partner Eve Kearney set up the Republic of Coffee in 2010.
Their passion for coffee also extends to wholesaling beans and coffee making equipment to other aspiring cafe owners.
"We specialise in coffee and not food," he said.
"Our specialist coffee machine has four independent boilers which means we can control the temperature of the water passing through the coffee to within one tenth of a degree.
"Our grinder also has electronic dosing set to within 100th of a second, so the amount of coffee is strictly controlled.
"We can make very precise adjustments to the process which makes a huge difference to the extraction of flavour."
Mr Muller started off in the business with the renowned Toby's Estate in Sydney and most recently worked with local coffee growing legend Mark Bullivant at Independent Coffee Professionals.
"I was roasting and wholesaling coffee with Mark then the opportunity came up too get this shop." Mr Muller said.
"When we set up here the equipment we had was so advanced it really made me go right back to the beginning and re-learn the art of making coffee.
"It is one of the most ancient and complex food products on earth, more complex than wine or chocolate."
Go to: facebook.com/republicofcoffee or phone 6621 3100