Erin McCormack of house of zebra with the 1930's coffee machine. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News
Erin McCormack of house of zebra with the 1930's coffee machine. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News John Gass

Vintage coffee hit

A KINGSCLIFF cafe's 85-year-old coffee machine has built a strong following with coffee lovers.

The copper, brass and timber espresso machine was thought to have been made in the 1930s by Italian sugar cane farmers in Queensland.

The machine was purchased online from north of Innisfail where it was salvaged out of a disused sugar mill.

"It looked and weighed a ton," said Sam Haymes of Kingscliff, who restored the machine to its former glory for the House of Zebra cafe.

"The seller's only other merchandise was tractor parts and machinery. It looked completely hand- built."

Mr Haymes boasted only the most talented barista could operate the espresso machine, including himself.

"It's a manual machine, so the person behind it, the so-called 'barista', they really have to know what they're doing," he said.

"There's no computer in this. It's 100% manual. It's real coffee, made by real people who love coffee."

House of Zebra owner Trent Nahrung said he and his partner Erin McCormack have a steady stream of coffee lovers at the shop because of the machine.

"It's just a jaw-dropper," Mr Nahrung said.

It's also caught the attention of the national media, including the Sydney Morning Herald and Cafe Culture Magazine.



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