On a sunny morning, I found myself at the Buderim Lion's Park (on a mission to find the Top 5 places to have a morning cuppa), when I looked across the road and saw people sitting around fuel bowsers, drinking coffee. Intrigued, I wandered over to check out what I had always thought was Vandy's Garage; the first garage built in Buderim in about 1918.
Nestled on the main road at 116 Burnett Street, is the new espresso bar, The Birds and the Beans. There is lots of seating to choose from including retro sofas and mix matched chairs coupled with homemade tables. The owners, Silas and Miriam, have kept most of the original garage in tact, even incorporating old mechanical relics into the decor. Soft lighting completes the rustic setting.
The menu is not extensive, so I wouldn't recommend heading to The Birds and the Beans for a lunch date. Yet, the coffee is delicious and their hot chocolates are rich and frothy. On the menu are cakes and slices. They also offer raisin toast that you toast yourself. I think this is a great idea because I like bread toasted to within an inch of its life, while my sister likes what is basically warm bread.
The prices are reasonable too; two hot drinks and raisin toast to share is under $12. There is also a loyalty program on offer where you can pre-purchase a coffee card and enjoy discounts. You can find out more information on their Facebook page.
I would recommend The Birds and the Beans for a delicious cup of tea on a rainy afternoon. You can sit on a retro sofa, leaf through a magazine and enjoy some well toasted raisin bread.