Buds and Beans by Connor Pearce - Photography Toni Veziris

Perched above Gordon train station and surrounded by the green leaves of plane trees and the purple of jacarandas is the café-cum-florist Buds and Beans. Just as coffee is a natural part of the morning routine, the florist on Sydney’s leafy north shore is a perfect fit. Bringing the two together, Buds and Beans is a match made in heaven.

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Connor Pearce // Unfolding a World of Coffee by Connor Pearce - Photography Toni Veziris

Taking the step from café into roastery was not one that Connor saw coming, but really, it's one he should've seen all along. A passion for getting a sense of the fuller picture, getting inside the operations of Black Drum fitted with Connor approach to coffee, and, to be honest, life.

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Take A Trip to Costa Rica by Connor Pearce

For this month's single origin let the flavours of lemon, black tea and honey transport you to the volcanic landscape of Costa Rica. Known for its incredible biodiversity, impeccable terrain and enviable lifestyle, there's a lot to get excited about when drinking the produce of this Central American nation.

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Lindfield Espresso by Connor Pearce - Photography Toni Veziris

More than we may care to acknowledge, cafes are becoming the most significant modern day institution in our suburbs. Taking pride of place in our shopping strips and serving as a meeting place or a regular stop off point, they come to define our communities. At the entrance to Lindfield station on the upper north shore, Lindfield Espresso is becoming just that, a community hub. 

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Quinton De Sousa by Connor Pearce - Photography Toni Veziris

The leading edge of the Australian approach to coffee has come to be known as the third wave of coffee. A focus on origins, terroir and flavour profiles is now dominating the buzz among the specialty roasting community. However, this is not the only approach to coffee, and as Quinton De Sousa reminds us, coffee is an inextricably social drink for many.

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The Real Thing by Connor Pearce - Photography Toni Veziris

So, this just came back from the printers. We are very excited to have these in our hands and to be sharing them with our café partners across Sydney. For all the benefits of digital technology, sometimes you've still got to have the real thing in your hands to appreciate what goes into making it all possible.

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Black Drum Roasters Secures New Location by Connor Pearce - Photography Toni Veziris

Leading Australian coffee roasting company Black Drum Roasters has secured a new roasting headquarters in Blacktown. Furthering current in-house roasting operations will see Black Drum Roasters continue to provide high quality blends and single origins on its own label. Roasting operations for other popular brands have also been maintained throughout this transition period, and Black Drum Roasters have remained committed to ensuring that customers have been able to rely upon their unique flavour profiles.

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What is Microlot Coffee? by Connor Pearce

When it comes to coffee, there are a few words that get thrown around without too much care. Terms such as organic, artisan and fair trade can have different meanings based on who you ask, and when coffee roasters use these words as descriptors to sell their coffee, the precise definition can be serious business. One term that been coming to prominence but with not always the greatest definitional clarity is microlot.

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Burundi Single Origin by Connor Pearce - Photography Toni Veziris

With Burundian coffee rising in global prominence it is only fitting that for October we get to showcase the coffee from this part of the world. Although often overshadowed by its neighbours Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia, coffee is a key export for Burundi and with improvements in farming practices and technologies, Burundi’s own unique flavours will only be further recognised.

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Clever Dripper by Connor Pearce - Photography Toni Veziris

For those after a no nonsense, at home brew method, the Clever might be your salvation! Sitting at the sweet spot between a French press and pour over methods, the Clever is an ingenious solution to the drawbacks of both that brews a full bodied, medium acidity cup.

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