Coffee named finalist

Letisha Frenken, owner of The Two Professors, is thrilled to have been named a finalist.

by Khrysti Balanay

A leading Rockhampton CBD business has been named a finalist for an Australia-wide award, the results of which will be drawn on Saturday evening in Sydney.

Both teachers were nominated for the Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards in the coffee category, and owner Letisha Frenken said she was thrilled.

“We were finalists for two awards this year, which is a nice surprise,” said Letisha.

“We received an email saying we had been nominated for this specific award and then we had some questions we needed to answer before moving on as finalists.

“There are 12 other cafes in Australia, and we’re the only ones in Queensland.

My granddaughter is quite a scammer, and we have been traveling back and forth to Brisbane, so one of our clients from Sydney will be going on our behalf.

Five years ago, Letisha opened The Two Professors after deciding to change careers.

“The first two years were extremely difficult, and it took a lot of determination and commitment,” she said.

“At the time, I had a four-and-a-half-month-old when I bought the business, so between her and the Two Professors, it was crazy.

“In saying that, I can now look back and say it was worth it.

“The customer love and engagement has just been insane.”

Going into the summer months, Letisha said people are switching from hot brew to cold brew and need more staff to keep up with demand.

“We are looking for another chef and head barista,” she said.

“We employ between 10 and 20 people depending on the season.

“Next year I want to consider having chef and coffee masterclasses in the shop.

“I have a few other things in the works, including possible extensions.”

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