I set myself a challenge to visit many different Piazza D’Oro coffee shops in my region, coinciding with the Barista of the Year competition, just as something fun for myself. I do this sort of thing from time to time: invest in little joys here and there. You can read about the cafés I visited here. There was one particular coffee shop and surrounds that stood out to me in my travels.
The place I’m talking about is called The Buzzstop Espresso Bar in Samford. If you’re from Brisbane, or visiting the area, I highly recommend a visit to Samford, about 30 minutes from the CBD. It’s got a great vibe, with cafes, cute shops, a local art & craft centre, an organic grocer and a wonderful playground my kids LOVE. Plus, it’s only 25 minutes from the top of Mt Glorious: another great spot for beautiful views, picnics and bushwalks. We often go up there as a family for lazy Sunday afternoon picnics.
The Buzzstop Espresso Bar is in the heart of Samford. The staff are friendly, the food is great and so is the coffee. I always have a good experience there, although it can get very busy some mornings (it’s a favourite spot for a lot of people!). Coffee and food, when prepared right, can really make a different to time out.
My husband and I visited this café one afternoon when we had our kids minded. We are making a big move soon and we needed a fresh space (out of the house!) to talk and make plans. We found a sweet little spot in the corner and our food and coffee was served promptly. It was just what we needed to help develop a plan of action for the next couple of months. Good coffee and food can do that! After our mini date we went for a slow walk through the park, the breeze caressing our faces.
It’s made me happy to take this journey with Piazza D’Oro cafés because I know they have a passion, not only for coffee, but for the experience it brings. I’ve been on the receiving end of that experience, and it’s a facilitator of joy and connection in my life.
The Piazza D’Oro Barista of the Year National Finals will be held at The Barista Workshop in Sydney on the 26th of November. All the best to all the finalists! Looking forward to hearing about the results.