The Wednesday Jan Powers Farmers’ Market in Brisbane
Today has been one of those days where I needed to just stop rushing around like a mad woman. At work, I’m constantly trying to be more efficient, faster, more productive. When I get home, rush to the gym or yoga, hurry to get dinner made, and even, hurry up to catch The Night Manager on the TV. On my days off, I’m constantly rushing around to do homework and everything that didn’t fit in in the week.
This morning, as I rushed to the library, I passed through the Jan Powers market. Something in my mind just stopped and said, “Enough” and forced me to slow down. I love markets and all the sounds, fragrances and assorted produce and wares that are tucked under canopies. If there is one day that is just going to be shamelessly mine, it’s today.
I strolled through the stalls and stopped to chat and taste-test from new and interesting vendors like the cricket protein cookies from Bugsy Bros. There was my favourite French charcuterie with the amazing duck rillette. The Turkish bakery and the lady with tempting jams like rhubarb and banana jam. So many delightful things in one spot!
Now, the coffee. I’ve heard of Diego’s Drop Iced teas before from being voted as one of Brisbane’s best iced teas and had to go. I didn’t expect to see that their sign that says “The World’s best iced coffee”. So, challenge accepted. Owners Katie and Elias are just so kind and friendly. Not only did I try their iced coffee on coconut, but a lemongrass ginger iced tea as well.
They’re not kidding. $5 of delicious times, people. The taste is spot on, bold, creamy from the coconut milk, and just enough ice without being watered down. Elias said something that was just pure and in sync with what I believe to be what really makes fantastic coffee (and food). It’s made with love. Anyone can make a good cup of coffee, but it’s the experience that makes a great one stand out.
Since it’s my leisure day at the market and library, I sat and listened to Elias play some beautiful guitar with another cup of iced coffee. What’s the rush?