After moving to Tasmania to escape the rising property market on the mainland, Chris Bamber and his wife Lara Ashworth decided to start a new business as a means to an end.
Originally from Exeter in the UK, Mr Bamber told his wife he would go anywhere so long as he could get a good cup of coffee.
Unfortunately, Mr Bamber is particular about his coffee and said upon moving to Exeter in the North in 2019 he was driving 40 minutes each way to get a quality brew.
"The deal was that we could move to a rural town anywhere as long as they had good coffee and we rocked up in Exeter, and I drank my coffee black, so It was not quite what I would drink," he said.
"I was driving into town every day - into Launceston - to get a coffee which was about a 40-50 minute round trip and I got a bit annoyed."
Fed up with his morning coffee drive, Mr Bamber took matters into his own hands and started his own cafe, The Cabin.
"I walked into what was Cafe Lime and offered to buy it off the lady that was currently owning it and she said yes and then I was in possession of a Cafe," he said.
It took Mr Bamber and his wife just eight weeks to gut and refit the lime green cafe turning it into the rustic cabin that bears its name.
He said the response since opening the Cabin has been great.
"It's been really good," he said. "The locals had been hanging out for something like that for a while.
"There's definitely a demographic of people that want a little bit more consistency in their coffee and a bit more of a focus on that.
"I had a feeling it would be like that because it's such a busy little town."
Mr Bamber said after turning out 150 cups of coffee on the first-day business quickly rose to 200 plus cups a day and now goes through 40 kilograms of coffee a week.
"We did 370 a few weeks ago which is huge - that's about a cup of coffee a minute," he said
With the strength of the Exeter cafe behind them, Mr Bamber and his wife expanded their new business into Legana with a new business model of takeaway coffee.
"I was stuck in traffic in the school run and I noticed the for-lease sign in the window and I thought with this amount of traffic now, and the expansion plans for Legana with the school and houses being built it's only going to get busier," he said.
"So we rented it, built a deck up, pulled out the window but put the hatch in and you know we do about 20 kilos a week out there with one wage which is just amazing."
He said the simplicity of the new cafe became the model for future expansion
"That model itself is actually somewhat easier and less maintenance than the Exeter shop and that's sort of the sort of plan to roll out that model," he said.
Always eager to expand and innovate, Mr Bamber said his next two locations would be housed at the Burnie and Inveresk University of Tasmania campuses.
Mr Bamber said they won a tender to open the cafe in UTAS after meeting the sustainability criteria in the tender process.
He said with sustainability practices already built into the business meeting the criteria was simple.
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