Bundy’s bean hit by the new coffee craze
IF THE number of coffee shops and cafes popping up around the region is anything to go by, Bundaberg sure loves a good cuppa.
As the region's produce and culinary tourism is starting to make a name for itself, the cafe culture is catching up, and food and drink lovers are finding more options all the time to satisfy their appetites and socialise.
Barista Hannah Aylward is working towards opening Bundaberg's newest espresso bar, Arrow Bean, on Barolin St.
After having worked at Oodies Cafe, in North Bundaberg, Miss Aylward decided to delve deeper into the hospitality industry by starting her own business, which is set open in about two weeks.
She said her cafe, which offered two-street access and an abundance of parking space, was themed around an industrial rustic look.
"We will serve only the best coffee and the freshest of foods," Ms Aylward said.
Bundaberg District Chamber of Commerce president Trish Mears said the influx of cafes in Bundaberg was bringing more and more tourism to the region, as well as giving local people more options.
"We have been getting great publicity around Queensland, so our cafes and coffee shops can actually attract people to our area," she said.
"Culinary Tourism is growing and Bundy Pride, which is part of the chamber, is doing a lot to promote our fantastic range of locally produced top quality food.
"It's also beneficial for the local economy, as these businesses are locally owned and employ local staff, so the money generated benefits our economy."
Another cafe that has recently opened its doors is Teekay's Coffee, on Boundary St.Owners Tamara McMahon and Daniel Kutasovic provide a wide range of food and beverages, including a gluten-free range and a selection of non-dairy options to suit people with intolerances.
"My mum owns a cafe, so it has always been a dream of mine to do the same thing," Ms McMahon said.
"We pride ourselves on making really nice coffee, we don't charge extra for soy or lactose-free milk and we have a great range of delicious light meals, yogurts, bagels and more."
Ms McMahon said her cafe was unique for its area, and people tended to like drinking near where they lived.
"There is nothing else like it over this side of town," she said.