Six days a week David Trevena rocks up to the South Avalon headland (unless it’s pouring with rain) in his tricked out, creamy coloured Kombi.
After setting up, he serves coffee and a light breakfast from 6am to 10am to his many long-time regulars.
I spoke to Dave about sunrises, surfing, family, and why Avalon is the best place to bring up a family.
You get to lookout over Avalon beach and the ocean every day – that’s a pretty decent view from the office.
Yeah, it’s very special. I’ve been admiring the view and making coffees here for six years now. The sunrises are always spectacular. I post the more amazing ones to our Instagram page.
You service the early birds of Avalon. Who are your customers?
We’ve got a good community of regular clientele, who come up every morning to grab a coffee, some brekkie and enjoy the view. We get a real cross-section of people. From surfers coming to check out the waves to early morning tradies on their way to a job. There are mums and dads on the school run, people walking their dogs, walking to work locally or commuting into the city. I also have my family and old friends popping in for a coffee and a chat. It’s a very sociable spot.
Are you an Avalon native, Dave?
I’ve lived in Avalon my whole life. I went to Avalon Public then to Barrenjoey High. Avalon is such a great place to live, so it’s almost impossible to leave, especially when all your friends still live around the area! My wife and I now have a two-year-old daughter and both our parents live in Avalon. It’s such a great place to raise a family.
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How did you come up with the idea to turn a Kombi into a coffee van?
About eight years ago I was working as a full-time barista in Manly, and I was keen to start my own business. I loved Kombi and coffee in equal measure. So I had an idea to fit out an old retro Kombi. Back then, nobody was making top-quality coffee from a van. I borrowed some money and bought my first Kombi van from a guy in Queensland. I fitted out everything myself, including the plumbing and electrics. It took a couple of years to get everything right. Then I started Classic Coffee on the South Avalon headland and afterwards I’d make a coffee run around some businesses in Warriewood. I sold the first Kombi and coffee run about 18 months ago. Now, I’m solely focused on being here in Avalon.
Your new Kombi is pretty sleek? Where did you find it?
I wanted to find a ute kombi. I searched for ages and eventually found one in California. I sent the money over, and the guy that sold it to me then dropped out of contact for a week! It was a stressful time, but he’d just gone on holidays and forgot to tell me! I got some extra grey hairs from that experience.
What else do you love about Avalon?
The relaxed lifestyle, but also the ocean. I’ve grown up surfing around Avalon, Palm Beach and Whale Beach. Avalon has got the best waves (but let’s keep it a secret to keep the crowds away).
Have you any plans to expand Classic Coffee in the future?
We’re going to be announcing some big news in the coming months!
You’ll find Classic Coffee at South Avalon, Monday to Saturday from 6-10am.