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$60k coffee cafe

Travis Ronnie
Thursday, September 14, 2017

A NEW coffee cafe has opened for business at the Digicel House in Nabua.

Paul Waqanisaravi known as the coffee man is the manager and owner of the business — Coffee Bean Fiji.

"One of my coffee customers for long helped me start this business with a cost of $60,000 to $70,000," he said.

Mr Waqanisaravi said he was delighted to start a coffee shop business to meet the growing coffee culture in Suva.

"Whenever I meet my business customers in the club, gym or around Suva I always remind them to start a coffee shop.

"These businesspeople are my customers, when I started working as a barista at Republic of Cappuccino, one of them said to me, will you manage a coffee shop if you have one and I said yes, so that's how I started this business," he said.

"Coffee competitors are increasing, however having an increasing demand for coffee gives me the confidence to start a coffee business.

"Mostly my customers are expatriates from Europe, United States and United Kingdom and some of them have been my loyal customers for more than 10 years.

"Even if they left for overseas, they're still looking for me to have a coffee, when they return," he said.

Mr Waqanisaravi said, locating in Nabua was an advantage, because of the expansion of business and the offices around.

"To have a coffee shop you need to have a good location, produce a good coffee and have good parking space will attract customers.

"The important thing for coffee is the aroma, consistent in the touches and tastes and the heating temperature of 50 to 60 degrees," he said.

"Our coffee is lulu beans from Sigatoka and I started using these beans when I was at ROC.

"Lulu beans are smooth and customers like it, so I used the same beans in my coffee shop."

Mr Waqanisaravi said the important thing about coffee was getting a customer having the first touch.

The Coffee Bean Fiji has four staff members and is anticipating an expansion in the future.

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