Kira Johnson with her team at Bella Baristas in Clermont.
Kira Johnson with her team at Bella Baristas in Clermont.

Clermont gets a coffee kickstart

GETTING that first jolt of caffeine in the morning doesn't have to be from bitter instant coffee anymore, thanks to Bella Baristas.

Smooth, velvety and roasted just right, Kira Johnson and her team of three baristas are serving our favourite brewed beverage at a new coffee and cake shop at the Clermont Club.

"I was new to Clermont from Townsville and saw there wasn't anything offered in town other than country dining," Kira said.

And so the idea was born for the 26-year-old to not only fulfil a personal passion, but to give the town something that was missing from the market.

"This is somewhere people can come and relax, and have a coffee and some cake," Kira said.

Clermont Club committee member Les Howard welcomed the new business venture to the old building, which was established in 1887 and this year celebrates its 125-year anniversary, saying it was an "exciting improvement".

"The revamp has been a great improvement, and the business can only complement the club," Les said.

Now in business for its second week, Bella Baristas is open from 5am and offers a range of value-for-money meals which Kira asked customers to have a "little bit of patience" in ordering while the operational kinks were smoothed out.


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