WHAT happens when the Prime Minister comes to town? You put on the kettle and brew him a cuppa.
Alison Paul, manager of Red Sparrow Tea Company in Coffs Central, got the call from council last week that a VIP tea drinker was en route and could she provide some tea.
"It was around 8.30am Monday, I was doing the school drop off,” Alison said.
"Nicole from council said the Prime Minister was coming to town, that he liked tea and could we serve him some? I was astonished. I didn't think I'd heard her correctly.”
Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull briefly visited Coffs Harbour last week in an official capacity regarding the $13 million upgrade of the C.ex Coffs International Stadium.
After the speeches, red ribbon cutting, media interviews, photographs and hand-shaking it was time for the important business of the day; a nice cup of tea.
"He chose our best-selling green tea, Japanese Garden, and while he sipped it he asked about the business, how we made the tea, where it was blended etc,” Alison said.
"It was probably nice for him to have a "normal” talk with people among all his official meetings, appointments, discussions about gay marriage, problems with North Korea and other such things a prime minster would have to deal with.
"He commented on the tea, said it was lovely, and told us he was going to visit his 95 year old great aunt who lives locally, after the official business.”
For the record, MP Luke Hartsuyker chose French Earl Grey and Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight, Irish breakfast.