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    I hope that all of our northern coffee buddies are able to keep their coffee and themselves high and dry.

    Down in the pleasant southern climate our TV news is being dominated by horrific pictures of what is happening up north.

    I have lived in northern NSW towns and have seen floods, but nothing like this one.

    The best wishes to all in soggy Queensland and north NSW.

    May you, your families and friends keep safe and well and keep your coffee supplies and equipment high and dry.

    Another thought to our WA friends with their bushfires.

    I love a sunburnt country etc.

    Barry

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    Thanks Barryd,we have been getting absolutely smashed by wind and rain for the last few weeks and it aint over yet.Families have lost loved ones,and thousands of kilometers of roads and rail lines have been affected,which means loss of revenue.Just another Queensland summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 795A494942647F4E55585A553B0 link=1294703033/0#0 date=1294703033
    I hope that all of our northern coffee buddies are able to keep their coffee and themselves high and dry.

    Down in the pleasant southern climate our TV news is being dominated by horrific pictures of what is happening up north.

    I have lived in northern NSW towns and have seen floods, but nothing like this one.

    The best wishes to all in soggy Queensland and north NSW.

    May you, your families and friends keep safe and well and keep your coffee supplies and equipment high and dry.

    Another thought to our WA friends with their bushfires.

    I love a sunburnt country etc.

    Barry
    The weather and the impacts are exceeding everyones expectations and previous experience.

    What happened in the Ranges yesterday and in the Brisbane valley has shocked many. Many of those lost and or missing were not doing the wrong thing - but were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    We are expecting more of the same and have our fingers crossed that the missing are found safe.....

    I am not able to return home (like many others) and can only hope and trust that my place remains safe. It is a frustrating time for all involven and my best wishes and prayers go out to all affected.

    Stay safe is the main message to take home.

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    Re: Queensland Floods

    We have had so much rain that the ducks have decided to get out of town

    Its bloody wet
    Even as I write its pouring down by the bucket load outside

    I feel for the people that are completely cut off and homeless from the floods
    Our prayers are with you

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    Yeppers, its a bit damp around our parts at the moment! Fortunately, where we live in Ipswich, were not flood (well, at the moment, anyway!) affected but there are plenty of places on our doorstep that are. I came home from work this morning because I didnt want to risk staying in the city and not being able to get home due to rising floodwater.

    My thoughts are, in particular, with Mal at the moment - I hope you and Mrs Mal are okay out there, if you still have power/internet and are reading this!

    Side note: its bloody difficult to roast at the moment because the humidity seems to be sitting around the 95% mark. It keeps on changing the profile of my roasting...grr!!! >:(

    Hope you are okay where you are, AM - are Mrs AM and mini-AMs with you? If not, please pass on my number if they get stuck and need a hand. Ill send Pete with a Rubber Ducky (I wish!)

    Cheers
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    My sister and mother live in Highfields just north of Toowoomba but being on higher ground, were not at risk. Twelve months ago, she was worried about whether there would be enough water in town to boil a kettle, now this.

    Toowoomba is isolated now with another 5 days of stormy weather expected.

    You Queenslanders are always trying to outdo the rest of the country, arent you? ;)

    Hope all returns to normal soon with expectations of bumper years of harvest to compensate for the drought and floods and a return to beautiful one day, perfect the next.


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    I live in Toowoomba, but am up at the Sunshine Coast for a funeral. Cant get home. Thankfully my mother drove past my house yesterday and said everything was fine, but it isnt looking like Ill be able to get home until at least Friday.

    I am so sick of this rain!

    As a side note, I didnt bring my coffee machine :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by 627D7F657C697E7F68100 link=1294703033/6#6 date=1294713079
    I live in Toowoomba, but am up at the Sunshine Coast for a funeral. Cant get home. Thankfully my mother drove past my house yesterday and said everything was fine, but it isnt looking like Ill be able to get home until at least Friday.

    I am so sick of this rain!

    As a side note, I didnt bring my coffee machine :(
    Have my EM6910 but running out of beans.... *Have 400g of MM but 10days of rest needed (moffit beach).

    While I HAVE a 4x4 my wife has a little car and we will be looking at getting back to Brisbane much later this week. *

    Locals in my area are not responding to calls and news reports are advising that some are being evacuated!!!! * One can only keep fingers crossed as any thing else is not productive.....

    The biggest pain is rubber necks. *They cause travel isues and get in the way.

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    Just been in touch with Di Bella and theyre expecting to get evacuated in the next hour or so.

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    Re: Queensland Floods

    My suburb is on flood alert
    On the 1974 flood water levels and if that is reached we will have an instant lake on our from doorstep
    If the water level is greater than the 1974 level we will go under or partly under

    The green coffee beans and the roaster have been moved to the high part of the house

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    Hardly a time for frivolity but at least the coffees safe! :) Hope you pull through with as little damage as possible. Stay safe.

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    Im in Caboolture, the home is fine as were pretty high where we are... just enjoyed a cup of CoE... might as well be comfortable while were isolated.

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    I am so shocked and amazed at how fast it has all been happening! Where I am is safe for now, but my heart and prayers go out to all those affected by this disaster! While the waters will recede eventually, it will take longer for supplies to get to those in need as the state recovers.
    Some friends of mine in Toowoomba had flood waters reach up to about 1mm from their house, and were very fortunate to have dug some trenches in their yard and dismantled the garden.
    I believe the flooding is going to affect a fair portion of northern NSW as well.

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    Normally I am looking at the water running past my door. But we are relatively dry, this time.

    I spent a week in Rocky helping the locals and now am watching my family and friends in Brisbane and other areas getting a belting.

    Best wishes to all the CoffeeSnobs in jeopardy hope and pray all ends well.

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    Hi All
    I was sitting in my comfortable air-conditioned home in Perth watching the tragedy unfold in Queensland and thought "get off your backside and do something". Not a lot I could do from here other than make a donation to the relief fund, so I went out and did just that.
    My thoughts and prayers to all those affected, look after each other.

    Maureen

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    Our thoughts and prayers are with all our fellow Qlders.

    Hopefully everyone can keep safe.

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    Its a terrible time and while dry down south, were thinking of those who are doing it tough. Stay safe everyone- stuff can be replaced.

    Must admit I feel pretty helpless, but so as to do something, 100% of the takings from our e-shop until close of trade on 22/1 are going straight to the flood relief appeal.

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    Im on the sunshine coast, and the sun just came out! Woohoo.

    Been watching the news, terrible stuff. So scary how many people have been killed and so many still missing. :(

    Were clearing out the cupboards to donate clothes when it all clears up and will donate to the flood relief appeal. I think theres going to be more of the way with Ipswich & Brisbane next. :(

    Our thoughts are with anyone effected.

    PS. If anyone is stuck near Peregian and needs coffee, my machine is on and I have beans! :)

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    The real efforts will be in the clean up, as the problems and struggles does not stop, once the water falls.

    Mates are already offering accomadation and have full houses and Yards.... Iam stuck and can not offer myplace at home. Yet neighbours have stated that there are strangers in the area and some strange movements...

    The hard part for those trying to assist will once again be; Rubbernecks AND Looters.

    Fingers crossed that we all come through it safe... And that as floods head south others are better prepaired.

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    Thoughts and prayers to all our CS friends across the ditch in the thick of it. If any nation on the planet can bounce back from this its our Aussie mates.
    Stay safe and keep us all posted.

    Blair Family.

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    Again we in the south are thinking of our suffering mates in the wet north.

    Nature can be so cruel.

    I just raised my coffee cup to you, wishing that you can soon get your lives back to normal.

    Barry

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    I saw that Kilcoy creek was falling, so went for a drive down from Buderim, though Caboolture and over to Woodford, before I found a completely cut road, but its falling. No idea when Ill get home still.

    At least in Woodford, the townfolk were lovely, and there was a cafe there that had Di Bella Coffee, and made it correctly, so it was a pleasant drive in the end :)

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    Re: Queensland Floods

    Flatmates.com.au is providing a free service to list emergency accommodation offers.

    If you live in SE Qld and have a spare room or couch you could offer someone for a few days, (zero rent) you can list it on www.Flatmates.com.au/

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    Re: Queensland Floods

    Brisbane expected to reach 1974 level at 0400 hours Thursday morning and exceed that from then til Saturday.

    Was watching the News 24 on TV at noon E.S.T. and saw a dinghy pushed from behind by a guy, and in the middle of it rests a Mazzer Roburgrinder going past the Cold Rock Ice creamery. Looks like hes got his priorities right. He may be a Coffeesnob perhaps or a cafe/restaurant worker.

    My and all of Australias thoughts and prayers are with you Q/landers. Keep your chin up (sic) and may this experience make you more resilient and stronger in mental strength.


    Australia. A land of contrasts. Heat and drought here in WA, *floods over east.

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    Youve been in my thoughts, Di...glad to hear you and yours are safe.

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    Thanks Scoots - all still okay, here. Cant get out, though, because all the streets around us are under water, but hopefully its on its way down now.

    Well, I hope so, anyway - Im down to only 2L of milk left and thats only after having two coffees today (Im rationing myself...and turning into a cranky old witch as a result! Might have to go to piccolo lattes tomorrow, or those watchamacallits...the one with the milk stain. ;) )

    Still a spare bed here for you two if you want to come up here in two weeks time, although it may be on little pontoons by then. :D

    Cheers
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    Re: Queensland Floods

    Quote Originally Posted by 13342230285B0 link=1294703033/25#25 date=1294837257
    all still okay, here
    Phew... I was worried as it sounded like Ipswich got a little crazy after you last posted.

    Classic comment from Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale
    "If I find anybody looting in our city they will be used as flood markers"
    ;D

    Ah, only in Ipswich could the Mayor be so "non-PC" and say what the rest of us thought.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 1D3A2C3E26550 link=1294703033/25#25 date=1294837257
    Cant get out, though, because all the streets around us are under water
    Perhaps you will see this fashion accessory available in Ipswich in the near future




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    :D

    He is a great Mayor, I have to say - a BIG supporter of the Defence Force and goes out of his way to make anyone from the ADF feel welcome right from the moment they land in the city. Its a nice change where most places you move to consider them a necessary evil.

    Petes trying to get through to work today so he can start helping to mop up a bit. I cant get into work in Brisbane City still, of course, so Ill stay here and stop the kids trying to kill each other from cabin fever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 487D7077435F737A7A79791C0 link=1294703033/16#16 date=1294781540
    ...Must admit I feel pretty helpless, but so as to do something, 100% of the takings from our e-shop until close of trade on 22/1 are going straight to the flood relief appeal.

    Chris
    Thanks CSers. $212.45 yesterday to the appeal and hopefully more to come 8-)

    Ill post a copy of the donation receipt once were done and dusted so that you can see the sum total of your contributions.

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    Thanks Chris - off to buy me one of those flash skins for the top of my coffee machine (and some Urban, of course, because I cant go past your Urban!) for my birthday in a coupel of weeks time.

    No hurry getting them to me - it might be a while before we get anything delivered!

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    Great to hear all is well...apart from the milk issue! Might be time to try something new! ;)

    Quote Originally Posted by 1C3B2D3F27540 link=1294703033/25#25 date=1294837257

    Still a spare bed here for you two if you want to come up here in two weeks time, although it may be on little pontoons by then. *:D

    Cheers
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    Thanks for that kind offer! Im seriously hoping we will be there with a big red fire truck, helping to clean up peoples homes. All of us who are in voluntary and paid EMS are just itching to get up there to give a hand, I know!

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    Just arrived home today from family holidays up north. Very fortunate as we received only about 15 minutes rain for the 10 odd days we were there. We were also watching the dramas unfold on TV in our room and at the airport. All that are affected are in our thoughts and prayers. We also feel "helpless" :-[. So please take care and we hope for some good news before long.

    Steve & family.

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    Anger *Management, Coffee2Di4, Koffee Kosmo, Di Bella and others near the floodwaters, let us know how you are going when you can. Our thoughts are with you.

    The river waters north have the colour of coffee if not the flavour.

    I expect that many home owners and businesses will face hardship and some even financial ruin from this.

    As the creeping flood monster travels south, other Snobs may feel the effects. The water from Queensland can take three months to reach the Murray mouth in SA, causing flooding along the way.

    Like the Queen and Prince Charles, yesterday I gave a considerable donation to the Flood relief appeal.

    Barry

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    Wonderful, thanks Barry!

    The Hoyks family are still all high and dry. Pete, whos in the RAAF, is out helping mop up the City with the rest of the ADF, Emergency Services staff and wonderful civilian volunteers. I had to go and grab some stuff my daughters school this morning in preparation for school starting, and driving around the roads was just woeful. Piles of household goods piled up outside those houses in Ipswich that flooded. Its pretty tragic to see. It is, however, also the emotional and mental cost of the flood as well. It must be gutwrenching to know that you you are without a house over your head, or you no longer have a business to run, or a job to go to.

    A wonderful story that came through was of a man who had only opened up a business (Shade Sails, I think) three days before the floods and he lost everything in his new premises. He had to let the staff go, of course, but all of the staff have agreed to stay on unpaid for a month to help him get the business back up and running. Thank god for unemployment benefits in Australia, I say, and their ability to allow people to do this financially.

    Its the small stories like this that keep the positivity up, I have to day.

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    As we are high & dry in Brisbane Northern suburbs, we have been helping those less fortunate than ourselves.

    My brother s family lives in Gatton, after a nervous couple of days not hearing from them, we found out they are all safe, high & dry,but isolated

    A physical couple of days has been spent by us on our holidays helping clean up the muck from houses.

    Its a little sureal to go from a devestated suburb helping those you dont know & probably wont see again, no power & a question over the insurance covering the damage, to come home to a hot shower, & now sitting down to a coffee and the internet.

    South Bank was colsed Wednesday night, but imagine this, no power throughout the CBD, people starting to emerge & shocked by what they saw and alarms going off in the background. Almost felt post invasion with the only vehicle being an Army truck.

    Just my expierence anyway.

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    Finally got home. Nervously checked the house, and the only thing that was wrong was the mass of grass on my front lawn which I have now mowed. Am feeling much better now :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 36292B31283D2A2B3C440 link=1294703033/36#36 date=1295065379
    mass of grass on my front lawn
    Sounds very close to nasty. I can only imagine the nervious drive home past the destruction and wondering what you were about to find.

    Some good news (a bit of a teaser really)... A whole bunch of site sponsors are donating a pile of equipment and services for a CS charity auction. 100% of the proceeds will go to help those in the soggy north. It should be fun.

    More details as soon as all the items are locked in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4B687B7B70564D7C676A6867090 link=1294703033/33#33 date=1295060846
    Anger *Management, Coffee2Di4, Koffee Kosmo, Di Bella and others near the floodwaters, let us know how you are going when you can. Our thoughts are with you.

    The river waters north have the colour of coffee if not the flavour.

    I expect that many home owners and businesses will face hardship and some even financial ruin from this.

    As the creeping flood monster travels south, other Snobs may feel the effects. The water from Queensland can take three months to reach the Murray mouth in SA, causing flooding along the way.
    AND others including CSs such as *Maheel (leeham) among a few, *who have been missing for a while ??? *( Hols or in the middle of flods etc, we are yet to find out).

    Quote Originally Posted by 4A66656067565E090 link=1294703033/35#35 date=1295064798
    As we are high & dry in Brisbane Northern suburbs, we have been helping those less fortunate than ourselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4A66656067565E090 link=1294703033/35#35 date=1295064798
    A physical couple of days has been spent by us on our holidays helping clean up the muck from houses.

    Its a little sureal to go from a devestated suburb helping those you dont know & probably wont see again, no power & a question over the insurance covering the damage, to come home to a hot shower, & now sitting down to a coffee and the internet.
    That last bit is SO true..... *One extreme to another and in a matter of minutes..... *Pinching ones self does not help....

    Fingers crossed that; next week with 4 plus King tides in a row and the LOWS out to sea that we do not see further damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5B747D7F68577B747B7D7F777F746E1A0 link=1294703033/38#38 date=1295073822
    AND others including *CSs such as *Maheel (leeham) among a few, *who have been missing for a while ??? *( Hols or in the middle of flods etc, we are yet to find out).
    Based on PMs I was exchanging with maheel just before Brisbane got hit, I dont think he was planning a holiday. Hopefully it is just a matter of lack of power or internet and no property damage or personal injury, but for now we can just hope everyone in the affected areas is OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6748425F260 link=1294703033/37#37 date=1295070034
    Quote Originally Posted by 36292B31283D2A2B3C440 link=1294703033/36#36 date=1295065379
    mass of grass on my front lawn
    Some good news (a bit of a teaser really)... A whole bunch of site sponsors are donating a pile of equipment and services for a CS charity auction. *100% of the proceeds will go to help those in the soggy north. *It should be fun.

    More details as soon as all the items are locked in.
    Ive still got the famous Coffeesnobs Instant to add to teh booty if youd like it, also. Add a local touch to the auction. I can even go down and annoint it in flood waters and mud if youd like? :P

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by 002330303B1D06372C21232C420 link=1294703033/33#33 date=1295060846
    AngerManagement, Coffee2Di4, Koffee Kosmo, Di Bella and others near the floodwaters, let us know how you are going when you can. Our thoughts are with you.
    I am glad to report that I was not affected by flood waters but others at the end of the street were

    No electricity for several days and lots of street diversions

    Many areas still in clean up mode

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    Good to hear you guys reporting in and that you are safe and sound.

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    tap, tap, tap... still waiting to hear from Mal in Warwick and a few other CSrs in Grafton and Lismore.

    The longer I wait to hear the more likely they are having a lousy time without power and double mud.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 5679736E170 link=1294703033/43#43 date=1295097968
    tap, tap, tap... still waiting to hear from Mal in Warwick and a few other CSrs in Grafton and Lismore.

    The longer I wait to hear the more likely they are having a lousy time without power and double mud.
    YEP...

    No direct news in the papers etc So one can only hope and keep fingers crossed that they are physically safe in teh first instance... And that it is just clean up and possible lack of access or working PCs that is keeping them at bay.

    A few friends have taken some bad hits but in general most of teh immediate family have come through all OK.

    Only one request for DATA Recovery so far. Thus here is hoping most got to keep pictures and other personal documents safe and sound.

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    Re: Queensland Floods

    Just reporting in we are safe and dry (just), we had water to the back fence and the neighbors had it in the yards (our block is a little higher).

    had it hit 74 levels (or more) we would have had water through the downstairs area, we moved everything we could upstairs and even took stuff out of the house to a mates up the hill as we thought it was going to get higher.

    sadly others as you know have really been ruined.

    if any local CSr needs beans or help in some way get in touch if you can.

    Leeham


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    Phew, thats good Leeham.

    Does anyone know how Venezianos came through all of this. Being at West End, Im wondering if they were flooded and, if so, do they need a CoffeeSnobs working bee to help out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0D2A3C2E36450 link=1294703033/46#46 date=1295153134
    Phew, thats good Leeham.

    Does anyone know how Venezianos came through all of this. *Being at West End, Im wondering if they were flooded and, if so, do they need a CoffeeSnobs working bee to help out?
    Venezianos is fine, got pretty close to them though. Sent my partner in there with his crew yesterday to check. They put on free coffee for the volunteers yesterday and today, and picked up a few new regulars from our crew. *;)

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    Re: Queensland Floods

    I spoke to Chris at Barazi yesterday and he reported that -
    They were affected with approx 1 meter entering the property

    They prepared well as they have pallet racking and an upstairs area

    Some items that were affected were partitions walls, desks ect
    All had to be stripped out

    Still the clean up of mud took a long time
    I have not been there yet to see as the roads are still not passable in places

    Just spoke to Chris again a few minutes ago and the latest is that power has not been restored yet

    Chris was planing to get a trailer fully loaded with water, coffee a 2 group machine & generator to serve coffee to the volunteers in the neighbouring suburb of Rocklea

    KK


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    Re: Queensland Floods

    74 levels or not, its devastating and shocking to see...

    Anyone heard from Supreme Roasters? I put in an order just before the flood and I havent heard from email, phone or mobile. Im hoping theyre ok. The sponsor page says Yatala, 4207. Any ideas?

    My suffering pales in comparison, but I had to buy some beans from the supermarket :(



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