Serving up thanks

Maria, Luciano and Mya at The Coffeeologist last week. (Joe Mastroianni). 228884_03

By Alesha Capone

There were smiles all around when The Coffeeologist re-opened to customers last week, following a four-day shutdown after a customer tested positive to the coronavirus.

The Sanctuary Lakes Shopping Centre cafe temporarily closed after the customer visited the site on February 8 and February 10, waiting outside for a takeaway coffee both times.

In the days afterwards, the coffee shop posted on its Facebook page that the risk of anyone catching the virus from the customer was “really low” but that the premises would shut for a deep clean and re-open once all staff tested negative for COVID-19.

The Coffeeologist re-opened on Thursday, offering free coffees to thank the community for the many messages of support it received on social media during the shutdown.

Cafe owner Luciano Xhuti said the messages helped ease his worry that the coffee shop, which opened in September 2019, might lose trade after the closure.

“Everyone was so happy to see that we’re back, they all said how much they missed us,” he said.

Mr Xhuti said the cafe was kept busy on Thursday, serving more than 500 cups of coffee.

“A lot of customers did offer to pay, were putting money in the tip jar, and bought a muffin or croissant as well,” he said.