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KIM Garrett has finally bitten the bullet.
After seven years of filtering coffee and warming milk at various Tweed City cafes, Ms Garrett has bought the mobile coffee cart at the shopping centre’s entrance under the new banner KC’s Mobile Coffee.
“The opportunity was there and I’ve been here myself and run it myself so I’m just going to give it a go,” Ms Garrett said.
The experienced barista said she was looking forward to renewing the lease from the previous owners which will mean a brand new coffee cart.
“The new cart will be heaven – I can’t wait.”
Ms Garrett’s regular customers have been supportive of her decision to buy their favourite coffee shop.
“People have been approaching me saying ‘It’s about time you did it for yourself’,” she said.
Ms Garrett said the secret to her success was the consistency of her product.
“Because I’m the only one that works there, my customers know the coffee is consistent,” she said.
“People know what they’re getting when they come to me.”
Ms Garrett sources her coffee beans from Byron Bay.
“The last couple that owned the cart also owned the beans I use – Byron Beans,” she said.
“People like that the beans are sourced locally – it’s something they can’t find everywhere.”
Ms Garrett said the transition from working at the cart to owning the cart was a big step but she was confident she had the experience necessary.
“I’m always here by myself and I know exactly how the business has to be run, so why not?” she said.
The cart sells coffee, tea, cold drinks, cakes and biscuits and Ms Garrett has plans to expand with fresh sandwiches through summer and pies and sausage rolls for winter.
But she’s not stopping at sausage rolls; the mobile cart allows her to take her business with her wherever she goes.
“I want to move into functions,” Ms Garrett said. “The cart will be here Monday to Friday but on weekends I want to move into sporting events and festivals.
“You just lynch it onto the back of a trailer and away you go.”
KC’s Mobile Coffee will be open from 7.30am until 3pm from Monday to Friday in its usual spot outside Suncorp Bank at the Tweed City main entrance.