Brewing up a storm at Byron Farmers’ Market
WHAT better way to start the day than with a fresh, locally-brewed coffee?
And when it's free, it's even more tempting.
Dozens of early morning risers were treated to a complimentary cup of coffee as part of the Byron Farmers' Market annual From Plant to Cup event.
Celebrating and promoting the local coffee industry, the event was held in conjunction with the Australian Subtropical Coffee Association (ASTCA).
President of the ASTCA Jos Webber said marketgoers had loved the free coffee.
"We've had lots of great compliments on the taste," he said.
"Lots of people have also told us they just didn't realise that such good-quality coffee was grown in our region."
Along with the free cups of coffee, market customers were also treated to a display of coffee roasting by independent coffee professional Mark Bullivant.
With 38 years' experience in the industry and a judge with the Royal Agricultural Society, Mark certainly knows his coffee.
"The coffee grown in the lush, green hills of the Byron hinterland is simply the best," he said.
"The coffee is free of insecticides, it's sustainable and very green.
"Local growers produce coffee of an outstanding quality with beans that are pricked fresh and the aroma and flavour is sure to satisfy the fussiest coffee connoisseur."
Suffolk Park residents Neeru Howearth and Anagara Jackson were among the many marketgoers who enjoyed a free cuppa.
"It's a great way to start the day and it tastes pretty good," Neeru said.