A Local Spring Surprise – Bedouin Brew Coffee, Rocklea
It seems as if, almost over night, Spring has sprung. The air is full of the buzzing of bees and the calls of birds, the trees and flowers are looking spectacular, and most importantly – it’s a breezy and balmy 25 degrees! This is honestly my favourite weather.
It’s the perfect time for coming out of hibernation, cracking open those dusty boxes of summer threads, and emerging into the glorious, glorious sunshine. So you know what? Today that’s exactly what Ryan and I did.
We’ve both been incredibly busy of late. Interstate trips, end of term deadlines, not to mention numerous items on both our social agendas that mean we have not had a lot of time to just enjoy each other’s company. It was time to slow down our busy lives and enjoy the comforts of our local area.
Luckily enough, just down the road from us a new cafe and nursery, Bedouin Brew, had opened its doors. I’d driven past it on route to our favourite local grocery destination, The Rocklea Farmers’ Markets, on a couple of occasions, and it had peaked my curiosity. In support of local up-and-coming businesses, I started following them on Facebook. I discovered just what I’d been missing out on, an awesome space hosting lots of cool events and right around the corner from home.
I was even more delighted to discover their own support for the local community – when they advertised on their Facebook page a ‘pop-up’ Bedouin Market Bazaar, I knew it was finally time to venture for a look-see.
What better way to enjoy a Spring Saturday morning than have a coffee and a browse through the market stalls of a selection of local artisan small businesses and ventures. There would be a food truck to boot – perfect for breakfast!
Have I mentioned before how much I love where I live? Tarragindi, Moorooka, Salisbury, Rocklea…there are so many little pockets of this once-forlorn, post-war area that are showing such potential, and the emergence of an authentically cool and trendy social spot like Bedouin Brew is just one of the reasons we keep moving back here time and again.
The word Bedouin actually refers to a ‘nomadic Arab of the desert’. It reminds me of when I was 21 and in Egypt, sleeping in a camp on the edge of the Red Sea, attending the dirt-trodden wedding of some gracious locals, delighting on the spoils of a whole roast lamb cooked on coals under the ground, and enjoying the hospitality of the Bedouin people. This cafe is a far cry from Egypt, but the friendliness and relaxed vibe of the site is exactly what I would picture a place called Bedouin Brew to encapsulate. Cold pressed coffee, comfy cushy chairs, some tasty Arab-style treats, and they even welcome man’s best friend – though we left Tonka and Leia at home this time!
On arrival we ordered our coffees, bought some beans for our home machine, and browsed the full-time nursery that is also housed in the cafe’s giant shed-like structure. I was instantly in my element – my friends know my love for plants and coffee. Even Ryan’s eyes had a glazed over look, as he mentioned how cool it would be to have his office space in a place like this – though this may have been the buzz of the caffeine hit, I can’t be sure!
The coffees were as good as we’d hoped, and we even spied one of the baristas from our other favourite coffee haunt, Black Sheep! That settled it, we’d be back.
We ordered some delicious yummies from the Abbiocco food truck, and sat back in the sunshine, catching up with each other and enjoying the peace. Perfect weather for wearing a summer shirt, enjoying a chat, and sipping on an iced soy latte.
If you live in the area, I highly recommend you give these guys a try. I will definitely be back!