1 Yaun Street, Coomera, Ph: 0404 499 902
If you want a sure bet on a place for a coffee and quick bite to eat in Coomera, go to Up Cups. For first time café owners Serena and Tim Polley, who had always wanted to own a café, Up Cups is a dream in the making.
“We lived in Yaun Street, and we drove past every morning but there was nothing here,” Tim, a bricklayer, tells us. “I’d look at the corner store and think ‘I’d take that shop and turn it into a café!’ So I told the real estate agent to ring me if it ever became available. One day the phone call came. We took the leap of faith and signed up.”
We’ve dropped into Up Cups on the way through, pleasantly surprised to see that the funky little black shop has popped up in an area without readily available food. With lots of young families living in Coomera, a new casual eatery is eagerly received!
The Polleys moved up from Tasmania eight years ago for the opportunities the Gold Coast provides. Serena worked for a café in Brisbane, gaining experience and looking for her own business where lifestyle could fit around young children. Sigh!
With two kids to juggle (a 2-year-old and 7-year-old) as well as two businesses to run, fitting out and making adjustments to run the café has been a mammoth task for the pair. Tim built the brick servery and funky fitout café, converting the space next door to an office for his bricklaying business so he could play tag team with Serena in the eatery to make things work, all to make her dreams come true.
“We’re a gourmet café without gourmet prices,” Tim tells us.
They’re got Chef Aaron Harper in the kitchen making fresh café style food from great ingredients: crisp, fresh veg, no additives or hormones in the meat, and free range eggs. There’s ‘food to go’ in a cabinet for those in a rush, including cakes, some baked in house, the rest sourced locally.
With breakfasts between $8 – $15, prices too are a pleasant change! Brekkie burgers are a steal at $10, even with the love that’s put into them, Eggs bene $13 – $15 depending on your choice, and even the Main Squeeze’s Big brekkie is only $15 (or with added steak and chips it’s $20)! I like the sound of the Portuguese chicken, the Corn Fritters or the Gym junkie – two poached eggs, 200g chicken breast, avo, spinach and garlic mushrooms… You’d need a workout before and after that one! And definitely a milkshake or Segafredo coffee to wash your food down.
“Up Cups? So it’s a toast, I suppose?” I ask Tim.
“It’s the name of our family horse which has won four cups in a row in Tassie,” Tim tells us, pointing proudly to the photos on the wall. “It has to be good luck!”
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