Luke Andrews, Coffee connoisseur, Reverends Fine Coffee

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A new haunt tempting your every coffee whim has opened in Fortitude Valley. Run by the folk behind The Moray Cafe at New Farm, Reverends Fine Coffee has been roasting its own beans for around two years, with owners Luke Andrews and Rodney Florent planning to transition the roasting machines up the hill to this new Brunswick Street coffee destination soon. With the name inspired by a nickname Luke gained in his past life as a pastor, Reverends Fine Coffee serves up house blend and rotating single-origin espresso coffee as well as chemex and aeropress alternative methods at the brew bar, with the filtered beans including guest appearances from Cup Coffee and Toby’s Estate. Luke’s brother executed the fit-out, stripping back the walls to expose rustic brick walls. The flooring is a mix of raw concrete and wood, with solid concrete slabs for bench and tabletops complementing the sleek Kees van der Westen Spirit Triplette coffee machine. With the doors just freshly opened, coffee is the current order of the day, with plans to offer a food menu in the near future. The Weekend Edition caught up with Luke to chat weekend essentials.

How do you like to start your weekend?
If I’m working, with a good long black from Reverends Fine Coffee or The Moray Cafe. If I’m not working, with a good long black from Reverends, The Moray Cafe or my local near home, The Little Prince Espresso.

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Saturday morning?
Watch my two eldest kids do little nippers training for the South Bank Surf Life Saving Club.

How do you like to unwind?
Playing UNO my with kids. For the first time ever, I am the current champion.

What are your essentials for a well-spent weekend?
Family, food, coffee, no plans.

What’s something you’ve been meaning to do on the weekend but haven’t got around to yet?
Drive down to the Gold Coast to check out Blackboard Specialty Coffee.

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday evening?
Go for a walk through South Bank and have a light dinner on the new grassy green.

What are you looking forward to next weekend?
Getting to know some new regulars and locals at Reverends.

What are you reading at the moment?
I’m in the middle of a few books: The E-Myth, The 5 Levels of Leadership, Hebrews and Revolutionary Parenting.

What inspires you?

What was your childhood dream?
To be an artist.

What has been your greatest achievement?
Four healthy kids and one happy wife.

What is success to you?
Getting the balance of life right.

What are your words of wisdom?
Get advice from people who have been there and done it, then go with your gut.

Only a local would know … on November 11, The Moray Cafe is putting together a fundraising dinner for the Queensland Cancer Council inspired by a few regular customers who have recently been impacted by cancer.

Perk up …
Reverends Fine Coffee, Fortitude Valley
Relax … On my balcony with cheese and wine
Dine … The Moray Cafe, New Farm
Indulge … Chalk n Cheese
Shop … Most of my shopping is done online, only through necessity
Catch-up … Any new cafe
Be inspired … At church


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