Wednesday mornings have become something special for parents and carers doing the school run at Southern Hills – a new coffee shop run by mums and Southern Hills staff has showcased some homegrown products and local brews to cure your mid-week blues.
Andrew Johnston, the Head of Primary for Southern Hills Christian College has dusted off the vintage coffee press that Paul Beacham and Facilities Manager David Bracegirdle built more than five years ago.
Local bean roaster Karvan Coffee from Bibra Lake have supplied the beans and infused life into the small community of Bedfordale.
“It was really an opportunity for parents to get that pick-me-up in the middle of the week”, said Mr Johnston.
"Some like the takeaway aspect because they’re off to work after dropping off the kids, some like to stay and chat about how their kids are going at school – its very informal and people can be open and honest in beautiful surroundings.”
The coffee shop opens up at 8:00am and is staffed by conscientious mothers who have donated their time and resources to make Wednesday mornings a special time of the week.
There have also been homemade delights cinnamon scrolls, flapjacks, banana bread and the list continues to grow each week.
Mr Johnston has been at Southern Hills for more than twelve months now after travelling from the United Kingdom, and he has discovered an appreciation for the Australian ‘coffee culture’ during his time setting up the coffee shop.
“To drink local coffee before school under the eucalyptus trees where I can hear magpies and see God’s creation all around me – this is truly the authentic Australian experience. I’m loving it!”
The Southern Hills coffee is open from each Wednesday during school terms.