Last week we sat down with Lincoln Farleigh, owner of Lava Coffee – our newest HCC venue! Lincoln has a true passion for coffee, hospitality and community, even while we sat together having a chat, a customer piped in and told us:
“I’ve been a regular here for years, they truly have the best coffee and the best service”. Well, it can’t get better than that!
How did you get here?
I’d been in hospitality for years and previously worked for Coffee Guru where I developed a passion for coffee. I then came on as Manager of Lava Weston and an opportunity came up for me to be part owner- so I jumped on it. At the time, I had zero business experience but, learnt quickly along the way. As a business owner, you wear many hats! Weston opened in 2009 and Phillip in 2012, we’ve really grown with our communities.
Talk to me about you concept?
We’re all about being a ‘place to share our love for amazing coffee’ and so we’ve really focussed on that over the years. When we first started, we’d have people travel as far as Belconnen to get their morning coffee fix, now with more venues popping up and serving good coffee, we’re really focussed on creating great spaces for our local community.
What motivated you to join HCC?
I was really looking for some sort of food accreditation for another venture and came across Healthier Choices Canberra. It’s great because people don’t necessarily know what the healthier options on a menu is, so having some accreditation people that kind of assurance. While originally, we were only coffee focussed, we’ve evolved and added food items to better serve our customers.
What does healthy mean to you?
It’s all about balance to me. Make healthier choices for the most part but also feel free to eat what you want.
We’d love to know more about CBR still open…
I built the website cbrstillopen.com.au out of my own necessity. I wanted to create a platform where businesses could advertise whether they were open or not, and in what way. The listings are displayed in random order so there’s no preference given to any business. After posing on social media within 48 hours we had over 150 listings, it turned out to be a little bigger than expected. It’s all about locals supporting locals and giving everyone an equal platform to share their story.
Green or Orange juice? Green
Describe your business in 3 words? Super delicious coffee
Favourite spice? Cardamom
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Always keep learning
What do you love most about Canberra? Community – especially the Canberra community rallying behind each other and sticking together and supporting each other.