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Gladstone cafes keep secrets of the rich and famous

Mikaela Pryor and Emily Morris enjoy a coffee at Rocksalt.
Mikaela Pryor and Emily Morris enjoy a coffee at Rocksalt. Brenda Strong

"ONE of our regular customers was on the TV show Project Runway. Another one was dating a high-profile Australian comedian."

These are just snippets of conversations that jump from the white noise of chatter in some of Gladstone's bustling cafes.

While Jamaica Blue senior supervisor Jessie-Lee Brown has insight into Gladstone's links to the rich and famous, Coffee Club Gladstone has links to international guests.

Rocksalt day manager Mary Urguhart has even witnessed a marriage proposal.

As industry continues to grow in town, local baristas are keeping themselves entertained with stories from a diverse group of revolving-door customers.

Ms Brown is fascinated by the growth.

"We have lots of regulars. We know them by name and coffee," she said.

"Sometimes we know their coffee order before their name."

As the only cafe in Gladstone's shopping mall, Jamaica Blue attracts a diverse range of customers.

From mums and bubs to seniors and the Red Hat Society, the no-bookings cafe holds a lot of Gladstone's secrets.

In neighbouring West Gladstone, the Coffee Club shares a similar client base.

Duty manager Jas Preet said while the cafe had the usual mothers' groups, she noticed a lot of people came in on their own.

"They can stay here for a long period of time. We will keep bringing them coffee," Jas said.

She said the revolving-door town not only taught the cafe's baristas about Australia, but the world as well.

Topics:  cafe culture, coffee, coffee club, editors picks, gladstone



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