Today we are chatting with Rose, owner of Cottonwood Cafe in Springfield, Black Sheep stockist, mother of two, award winning chef and junk food lover!
Rose, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and Cottonwood Cafe?
I'm a mother of a beautiful little girl and boy and have three running cafes - Cottonwood is number 3.
How did you end up owning your stunning Cottonwood Cafe? Where did the inspiration come from?
I was approached by Lendlease who were developing the area to open up a coffee kiosk as part of their display village - which is the biggest in Queensland. I was stoked to be approached and presented the opportunity and also excited as I have a secret passion for building and design. With the location being in the heart of the display village I felt it was an opportunity to let my love for the little details show. I did the fit out myself with my builder mate and did the best with could with the space and budget available (what was left after pimping out the coffee equipment anyway).
Go-to coffee order? It’s ok we won’t judge you…
Soy mocha with half chocolate ... yes I'm one of those customers
Favourite drink to prepare?
The good ol' Flat white
What do you love about BlackSheep Coffee?
Obviously the people behind it are what actually make it - Mark and Katie have been amazing and so hands on from the beginning. Their passion is contagious and their team are also a great credit to them. I think consistency and quality is key and these guys are keeping me happy.
Work/Life Balance How do you do it all?
I don't know how - but it's happening ... Three cafes, two kids - a lot of people think it must be really hard ... but it's not. I could easily have more time off and go on adventurous holidays, but I like being hands on - and when the time is right, I'll book that holiday. I still find time for myself everyday as well as do my best parenting and keeping a close relationship with my team.
Being a retired chef, I've had my fair share of 15 hour days, split shifts, back to backs, working on special occasions. So early morning cafe life is easy to embrace - I traded in working nights when I became a mum and it's been nice. I think it's about making the most of your time - but also allowing yourself to do absolutely nothing or whatever it is you need to recharge. I'm not perfect, as they say the grass is always greener on the other side - I get a lot of comments that people would love my life - but your life is what you make it, if you fill it with things you like to do, and spend it with those you want to, then life would be good .. right? I'm still learning everyday, but while I have a 4 and 6 year old, I think my mind is mainly in mummy mode, I hope to grow my career when they get a little older.
For now, Cottonwood is you'll find me, I work there 6 days a week - as well as full-time mum ... it's hard work, but it's fulfilling. My work day ends when I pick the kids up and then I have the whole rest of the day to enjoy their company.
Earliest Memory of Coffee?
Being in awe of my dads famous Vietnamese Iced coffee, the recipe was passed down to him from his mum - and I'm happy to say, he's passed it on to his kids.
What should people order when they come to Cottonwood Cafe?
A Cottonwood Coldpress coffee - it's so clean and refreshing.
Something your customers don't know about you? *We promise not to hold it against you.
Hmmmm ... what’s safe to put out there in the universe ... I'm not really 21? Maybe they already know that ... Most people are surprised to learn that I'm a gold medal winning chef but that was a long time ago, you're only as good as the last dish you made - which was spaghetti bolognese.
Ok .. I'm a couch potato, love my junk food and lots of it.
Thank you so much for chatting with us today Rose, we loved getting to know you and will see you soon for a flat white at Cottonwood Cafe.
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