Coffee review: Nectar Espresso

293 The Esplanade, Miami

As spring hits the GC it’s time to put those hideous winter days behind us by swapping the Uggs for thongs. Come out of our hibernation and migrate to the beach. For those who make the pilgrimage to North Burleigh you will happily discover Nectar Espresso, a new kid on the block ready to quench your caffeine thirst.

Opening less than three months ago, Nectar Espresso is a small hole-in-the-wall café in an enviable spot nestled beneath North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club and overlooking the beach. With a sunny outlook and welcoming vibe, it has proved hugely successful with the locals and other beach goers, attracting an eclectic mix of people including families using the parks, surfers and swimmers, those out for a leisurely stroll and even people riding up to the window on their bikes. It has quickly taken off as a favourite spot for the many people who frequent the beach and its surrounds.

A La Marzocco espresso machine consumes the lion’s share of bench space and churns out the orders with precise rapidity. The coffee beans are a special blend made especially for Nectar by Story Coffee in Palm Beach, which lends itself primarily to milky coffees like their piccolo, with its crème caramel aroma that was translated into the coffee’s sweet flavour.

I spoke to Carly, the marketing manager, and she informed me that Nectar is hoping to expand their coffee with more blends geared towards black coffee, and that they would love to offer different blends for different tastes. Regardless their current blend translated well to the salted caramel-scented espresso, which had a tangy acidity and intense flavour hit of cinnamon, chocolate and hints of smoky tobacco. The long black was juicier, with hints of raspberries detected amongst the savoury notes.

Nectar is locally focussed and proud and with a view towards a healthy lifestyle, they currently stock cold pressed juices from Tonic Juice Co. and make their own delicious raw treats on site.

Nectar Espresso is open seven days a week from 6.00am until 1.00pm. On your next trip to the beach it is well worth stopping by and grabbing a caffeine hit to brighten your day.

Catherine Coburn

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