Coffee van the cat’s whiskers

Lyndsay Bennett has started running mobile coffee business Stray Cat Coffee. Picture: Emma Reeves d414252
Lyndsay Bennett has started running mobile coffee business Stray Cat Coffee. Picture: Emma Reeves d414252

The Stray Cat Coffee owner and his partner Berit Owen started selling coffees from the trailer in early January, initially at a truck stop on Indian Ocean Drive, and recently in Marmion Avenue in Alkimos.

Mr Bennett said they both had an interest in coffee and decided to see if they could make a living off selling the drink.

‘She is just a coffee connoisseur ” she would have it connected intravenously if she could,’ he said.

‘I personally can’t think of anything better than being in the middle of nowhere, making good coffee and meeting people.’

Ms Owen is a veterinarian and Mr Bennett said they came up with the name while brainstorming ways to make their business different.

‘I said, ‘we are just going to run around the streets and do our thing and strut our stuff’,’ he said.

The Carramar resident said his girlfriend started singing Stray Cat Strut and that decided the name.

They then started renaming traditional coffees, dubbing a cappuccino a ‘cattachino’, a latte a ‘lat-tail’ and a mocha a ‘moggie’.

They also sell a ‘Tom cat’ (espresso), ‘short and long hairs’ (short and long blacks), ‘moggiato’ (macchiato), ‘chai lat-tail’ (chai latte), tea and iced coffee or chocolate.

‘We are just trying to make it a bit of fun, a bit different,’ he said.

Previously a fly-in, fly-out surveyor, Mr Bennett said establishing a mobile business had been challenging, with government authorities restricting where vendors could base their vehicles.

He said because the coffee was his livelihood now, he hoped to find a location that would be viable for his business.

The pair recently set up shop at the Indian Ocean Classic in Lancelin in early January.