ESPRESSO: John Rees from Blueys Cafe, front left, and Paul Deegan from LJ Hooker Lismore, right, join staff from LJ Hooker in promoting the suspended coffee phenomenon.
ESPRESSO: John Rees from Blueys Cafe, front left, and Paul Deegan from LJ Hooker Lismore, right, join staff from LJ Hooker in promoting the suspended coffee phenomenon. Cathy Adams

Coffee cup of goodwill

THE idea of "suspended coffees" is really taking off on the Northern Rivers, with another cafe taking on the system.

In a partnership with LJ Hooker Lismore, Blueys cafe has announced it has taken on the scheme, just after The Northern Star reported That New Coffee Shop in Ballina getting involved.

Blueys cafe, which has been in business on Woodlark St, Lismore, for 25 years, has decided to take on the European idea of customers buying suspended coffees, which are put into a bank for those less fortunate to enjoy, said Blueys owner John Rees.

Michelle Mitchell, Greg Smith, Paul Deegan, Reyna Deegan and Clint McCarthy of LJ Hooker Lismore were all down at Blueys yesterday for a special version of their daily coffee hit as they celebrated the new venture.

Ms Mitchell said she heard about suspended coffees on social media around two weeks ago.

"I was very impressed with this suspended coffees thing," Ms Mitchell said.

She said she instantly thought of Blueys cafe and how great it would be to have a cafe in Lismore providing suspended coffees.

She then took it to the team at LJ Hooker and then approached Mr Rees with their plan. He responded to the proposal happily.

Just two days later, the ball is rolling and they'll be running their first day of suspended coffees today.,

Both Mr Rees and Ms Mitchell said their two businesses were always keen to get more involved in the community, and thought this was a great way to do it.

Mr Rees said he and the team at Blueys were always happy to give back to the public and those in need.

The team at LJ Hooker Lismore said it was appropriate that Blueys cafe would get involved, as the team, who order coffee from there on a daily basis, believe it's the best cup in town.


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