Former NFL player brewing a new vision

GRIND TIME: Behind The Grind owner Dave Lonie and barista Petter Havnegjerde hard at work.
GRIND TIME: Behind The Grind owner Dave Lonie and barista Petter Havnegjerde hard at work. Daniel McKenzie

DAVID Lonie used to kick goals in the field of professional sport but now he’s kicking goals in a completely different field.

An ex-professional grid iron player in the NFL and self-confessed coffee enthusiast, Mr Lonie always had a passion for coffee, especially when unable to easily source quality coffee during his playing career.

His new espresso bar, Behind The Grind, is the culmination of a 10-year plan and vision to deliver a unique and quality product.

Mr Lonie said the secret behind the fledgling business was commitment to his vision – and the response from customers had been wonderful.

“I wanted to bring my own touch and flavour and for me it’s about making people happy with the product,” he said.

“We’ve got a great barista and the response has been overwhelming.”

Mr Lonie offers a double shot standard for coffee, plus the usage of a quality and flavoursome coffee bean, providing a sweet taste.

He also offers a range of practical and convenient options for his mix of customers, many of whom are in a hurry.

“We have a dial-ahead service and the convenience that our location provides allows customers to swing in and swing out,” Mr Lonie said.

IT specialist Timmy Morrissey said the product and concept had caught on and people simply loved coming in daily for their coffee.

Mr Lonie is committed to the location and his growing customer base and plans to extend the bar’s deck to provide a larger area for a coffee and chat.

He said he would also be roasting coffee in-house, making sure customers were provided with the finest possible product.

Behind The Grind is at 1/27 Rivendell Dr, Tweed Heads South, and you can find them on Facebook at Behind The Grind.

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