Business stirs into welcomed publicity
ROCKHAMPTON'S Coffee House co-owner Rebecca Cassidy has been plunged into the boiling waters of an age-old debate.
Just how hot is too hot when it comes to a cuppa?
That's right, the caffeine controversy was sparked at the weekend when former Brisbane Mayor Jim Soorely claimed in his Sunday Mail column that the cafe served its coffee a few degrees too hot.
"We do serve ours a few degrees hotter than Brisbane because we've found that that's generally how people like it,'' Mrs Cassidy said.
She said some customers even asked for their coffee to be served even warmer, or "ultra hot'' as they call it.
"It's a fine line, we can only serve it so hot because you can't burn the milk.
"Maybe it's just a personal opinion of Jim's.''
While Mrs Cassidy agrees that coffee temperature is really an individual preference, she was still stoked that they got a mention.
With the exception of the hot coffee criticism, Mr Soorley's column had given the cafe/restaurant/motel a glowing wrap.
He labelled Coffee House a "professional outfit'' which would rival some of Brisbane's best.
"It was a real honour to be recognised by a capital city,'' she said.
"It's great when you look at the quality that's in Brisbane.''
"It can only do good things for the town.''
Mrs Cassidy said the article had already drawn curious visitors, with one couple dropping in from Gladstone to find out what all the fuss was about.
As for Mr Soorley's comments that Coffee House would not be out of place in the south-east corner, well, Mrs Cassidy believes Rockhampton is the perfect place and only location for the business.
"People in Brisbane think they've got everything, but we've got good things too.
"You don't have the people and the atmosphere that we've got in a capital city.