DYNAMIC DUO: Helen and Shaun Walker from Coffee Bar 4605 in Murgon took out the People's Choice Award for South Burnett's best coffee shop.
DYNAMIC DUO: Helen and Shaun Walker from Coffee Bar 4605 in Murgon took out the People's Choice Award for South Burnett's best coffee shop. Matt Collins

PEOPLE'S CHOICE: South Burnett's best coffee shop

WHEN qualified hairdresser Helen Walker got out of the hair game, the last thing she ever thought she would own is an award-winning coffee shop.

But that is exactly what the dedicated business owner and her husband, Shaun, have done with their Murgon cafe, Coffee Bar 4605.

They are the proud recipients of the People's Choice Award for the South Burnett's best coffee shop, as voted by you.

The Walkers took over the popular coffee shop in October 2017 and very quickly became the go-to spot for Murgon locals' and visitors' morning caffeine hit.

 

GOOD TEAM: Taylah Berlin and Helen and Shaun Walker share a rare break between coffee orders at Murgon's Coffee Bar 4605.
GOOD TEAM: Taylah Berlin and Helen and Shaun Walker share a rare break between coffee orders at Murgon's Coffee Bar 4605. Matt Collins

But it wasn't without a lot of hard work and dedication.

"We are here for 12 hours most days," Ms Walker said.

While there was rarely ever an opportunity to sit down and enjoy their success, they did manage five minutes on Friday afternoon to de-brief after one of their biggest days.

"At about 4pm on Friday afternoon we sat down for a cold coffee," she said.

"We absolutely got smashed, we did over 350 shots of coffee that day."

Ms Walker acknowledged her husband, Shaun, for his barista expertise and his unique way with the customers.

"My husband deserves a pat on the back," Ms Walker said.

"He loves people and he has blended in very well."

 

STRONG SHOT: Helen Walker knocks her coffee making husband, Shaun into gear.
STRONG SHOT: Helen Walker knocks her coffee making husband, Shaun into gear. Matt Collins

Since taking over the popular coffee shop 18 months ago, the couple have experienced remarkable growth.

"We sell triple the amount of coffee in a fortnight since we started," she said.

Ms Walker, who grew up in Murgon, came back to the region to look after her parents before they decided to purchase the coffee shop.

"When the coffee shop came up, we both love coffee and people so we thought 'why not?'," she said.

The former hairdresser of 13 years is the resident chef and she said the most popular menu item was their famous bacon and egg burgers with a coffee.

"We can do 30 to 40 of them in a morning," Ms Walker said.

The goal for the future of Coffee Bar 4605 was more of the same.

And considering there is a consistent, steady flow of happy customers in and out the doors each and every day, why would they change anything?

"We open the doors at 7am and we are trying to kick them out of the door at 4pm," Ms Walker said.

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