I have to admit that I do like my coffee. I am one of those that can drink it right before bed and still get a great nights sleep. Because of this, I have come to be just a little bit discerning about how my coffee is made. Although at a pinch, I can handle an instant, I do prefer a good roast ground to perfection and served with flare.
My recent trip to Vietnam had me raving about the coffee that is served there. Brewed at the table in a little stainless filter dripping slowly over a layer of condensed milk is about as good as it gets. I am still trying to replicate the flavor now that I am back home but feel I still have something missing. I will persevere…..
One of the downsides to gaining a better appreciation of a good coffee is that once you find a standout brew, the rest never really seem to hit the mark. If that barista is a distance away then getting a regular fix becomes a mission.
This is my current situation… While I would enjoy a brew while sitting with a paper on a Sunday morning as the sun reaches higher into the sky, it now involves a 30-kilometre drive to Noosa where Old Salt Coffee dispenses a top brew from Pier 17 on Gympie Terrace. Now lately Rhian, who brews this treat, has been extolling the temptations of an Iced Latte and so I thought it might be worth asking if she might perhaps deliver…
No luck I’m afraid, although Rhian did suggest that I had the best of both worlds because I buy my Old Salt beans from her and have them available whenever I fancy a cup. It left me to thinking about how I do appreciate a good brew and that Old Salt Coffee is just that…. It’s a great blend…. Then, as often is the case when I get to thinking, the mind rhythms got going and the words started flowing. I felt her comment about having beans at home deserved a response. This is how the conversation went…
Hidden away on the shores of Lake Cootharaba on Noosa’a North Shore is a quaint little village called Boreen Point…
Having escaped from the shackles of work, if only for a day, I headed north to check out a little village on Lake Cootharaba, which forms part of the Noosa River System. As I had to pass close to Noosaville I decided to call in and pick up a coffee from my favourite coffee spot in Noosa, Old Salt Coffee. Coffee here is always best standard and served by the very lovely, Rhian. Today was to be no different and I spent a few minutes chatting about how things were going.
Old Salt is tucked in at the end of Jetty 17 right on the river and you will find a brew every day until shortly after midday but never on a Wednesday. That day is Rhian’s recovery day which she tells me is reserved for such serious things as sleeping in.
Behind Old Salt is Jetty 17 Boat Hire where you can arrange to hire a pontoon boat or Kayak or even a Hydrobike. New owners Matt and Bar are only too happy to help you enjoy your day on the river at Noosaville. Easy to find just look for the Orange Shed with all the boats and kayaks outside.
You can check them out at https://www.facebook.com/Noosa-kayak-and-Boat-Hire-Jetty-17-106084929584613/…
Remember to treat yourself to a coffee from Rhian while you are there.
While I was there I grabbed a packet of Old Salt Blend beans for home use.
The river was busy today with the winter sun doing its best to pretend to be summer. It is a veritable playground both on the water and along the walkways on the edge
Heading up through Tewantin, I was of a mind to call in at the Marina Markets but parking was impossible to find as these markets are very popular of a Sunday morning, so I decided to give them a miss today.
Just north of Tewantin the road turns off to Boreen Point. It carves a path through stands of native bush and runs alongside forestry plantations. Here and there One catches a glimpse of a property hidden from the road by the bush. One gets the impression that behind this facade of bushland is a thriving community and indeed there is much evidence of stables and horse fencing.
Driving into Boreen Point has the feeling of stepping back in time. The road has no foot path and the houses are of an era more in keeping with holiday homes. Down near the lake there are quite a few that have clearly been renovated and sport trendy corrugated iron cladding or large glass frontages.
The road takes you down to the beach front where it was club day for the local watch club. By the number of craft pulled up on the beach or out on the lake, I would say that this is a strong club with an active membership. I had to drive well passed the town centre to find a park but eventually managed a nice shaded spot. The road here was quite narrow and as there were no footpaths I shared it with passing cars as I headed back to the one store in town to get a feed.
They were doing a great trade and I had to fill in fifteen minutes while I waited for my order. I spent the time pleasantly watching the world go by, amazed at how busy it was. They had run out of bread and so I compromised my toasted sandwich with a toasted wrap. I believe I was all the better for it as the food was really good and I may just be asking for my Ham, Cheese and Tomato toasties to be made with flat bread in the future
With time on my hand’s I wandered about the village and along the lake shore. The lake itself is a really a bulge in the river about 10 kilometres long and five wide. It is fairly shallow, with an average depth of only a couple of metres, if that. Deep enough to sail boat and catch a fish.
This is a great little village to take a picnic lunch to and enjoy the drive in the country. The old world charm of the village takes you back a pace and life seems very easy here.
As I returned down the coast I stopped in at the Coolum Beach Hotel to quench my thirst. I had heard that Nadia Colbourn was entertaining and so I thought to catch her performance. She has a great voice and a relaxed style that is easy on the ears so I spent a while soaking up the atmosphere.
Soon after I arrived, Nadia went to a break and I had a bit of a chat with her. She is, as a person, just as she is as a singer, down to earth and easy to talk to.
After the break she was joined by Justin who accompanied her on Guitar. They have an easy way about them that helps one to relax and just enjoy the music. If you ever get the chance take some time to her Nadia at one of the many gigs she has around the coast
As always, time passes and soon enough it was time to head home to sort through the days photos and write the journal. Noosa has some great little hide-a-ways that are worth exploring when you visit here. There is a huge variety of entertainment, both day and night and of course there is alway the river systems to explore….. remember Jetty 17 when you are looking to play on the river