PHOTOS: New espresso bar opened in Tannum Sands

THE smell of freshly ground coffee beans is lingering from Garnett Rd in Tannum Sands.

It's because local couple Sonia and Brett McGuiness have just increased the eatery options in their small community.

Say Espresso Bar opened this week; a dream of theirs for years. It started taking shape in September.

Mr McGuiness was a safety representative in local industry, but he gave that up to work in the family coffee shop.

Their 18-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son are eager to work at the shop too.

"Before this I was a stay-at-home mum and my husband was working as a safety officer but he's given that away now," Mrs McGuiness said.

"He's done a lot of travelling and working away, so it's our moment as a

family," she said.

When they first moved to Tannum Sands 15 years ago, she said there were very few options to eat out or grab a coffee.

Slowly options had improved, but the region is still missing out, they

believe.

"I still think Tannum and Boyne is lacking in things for young children; I noticed that when my children were growing up.

"I've tried to make this an area for mums to come to and enjoy," she said.

She said they tried to offer a "point of difference" to other coffee shops in the area.

On their first day she said they made 7.5kg in coffee.

"It was absolutely crazy. It was a very big day," she said.

"We're trying to all blend in together and we didn't want to step on anyone's toes.

"It's all about bringing people out here (to Tannum Sands) and we will all benefit from it," she said.

She said her children were at the ideal age to pursue the business opportunity.

At the moment they sell drinks and some food such as stacks, salads and cakes.

Eventually they hope to specialise in breakfast on weekends.



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