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Sydney May – July 2014 (10 photos)

Life is too short to drink bad coffee.

Walking through a pedestrian mall one morning I saw these 2 guys chatting; one a labourer and the other an office worker. Presumably strangers, they were friends simply through the act of sharing a coffee. It was a nice scene. My plan was to walk up to them and take their photo from right in front at 3 metres. When they looked up I would simply pretend to be lost and ask for directions to a nearby building.

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At least, that was the plan. In reality, I stopped and took their photo. I waited a second but they didn’t look up.
So I walked away smiling. Smiling really is infectious. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Perhaps they may have noticed me if I had a cup of coffee in hand and the aroma of coffee around me. Sharing coffee can have that befriending effect on people, and in acknowledgement of the power of coffee, last weekend they closed off a section of the city for the 17th annual Aroma Festival.

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Yes, that’s right, a street festival dedicated to coffee. Don’t worry, tea drinkers were catered for too.

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For a day, they closed off city roads and set up numerous stalls, staffed by baristas. They predicted approximately 90,000 visitors. I stopped counting after 17 and queued to buy a coffee instead.

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There were just as many food stalls too. After all, what’s coffee without some chocolate.

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Regardless of whether you’re a summer lovin’ or a winter lovin’ person, there’s always time for some coffee (and chocolate) lovin’. I went home contented.

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107 thoughts on ““aroma”

  1. Let’s see, how many ways can I agree with this post?

    // Amen!
    // You’re preaching to the choir!
    // You’re so right!
    // Right on!
    // Nailed it!
    // Totally dude!
    // Could not have said it better myself!
    // Spot on!
    // Ain’t no lie!

    And on the 8th day, God made coffee, and man has been smiling ever since.

    Aroma Festival. Brilliant!!

    Great shots, and looking forward to sharing a cup of joe some day.

  2. Nice photos and a funny story only the smell of the aromas is missing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Do I see it right that you are in the reflection of the caffee machine?

    • Thank you. Have a cup and look at the pictures again and that should complete the experience. ๐Ÿ™‚
      No, every reflection is a barista. It was like a production line. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. The first photo is really amazing! Their expressions are so beautiful, i was smiling just by looking at the photo ๐Ÿ˜€ Not a fan of coffee, i’m a tea person but still enjoyed the rest of the photos as well ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. I bet those two guys were sharing an intimate joke together, not meant for your ears. So which did you like better, Dragon? The coffee or the chocolate? I’m neither a coffee nor tea person. I’m a water person. No way will a city close a road for a water drinking festival…

    • One benefit of these street stalls is that you discover a few new boutique and artisanal chocolate stores as a result. I got my fill. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Regarding a water drinking festival – I think you’re right. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I love the first image especially, although they are all wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚ Although I’m not much of a coffee drinker, your photos have made me develop an urge for coffee ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Looks like that festival was a huge success. I think I’d pitch a tent there and stay for the entire time. The “claw” reaching for the candy in the last shot is classic. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Great photos, as always. I particularly appreciate your first story. I always thought that you just walked to people and lifted your camera and shot. It helps me to know your thinking process. Thanks.

    • Thank you. In a crowd I just walk around and have no plan, but considering how few people were there I thought it would be impossible not to be seen by them, so I needed an excuse to stop in front of them. I’ll save that excuse for another day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. There is nothing quite so satisfying as a good cup of coffee first things in the morning…the mere thought of it get me out of bed quicker than any alarm ever devised. Great street shots and musings!

  9. You captured the happy moments in “aroma”, Dragon! So you had a plan…
    Love the series of the coffee making, delicious shots. I really want to crab a piece of chocolate there. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Enjoy your festival post, as always!

  10. How awesome to be in such street festival..the coffee aroma always amuse me, although I am not a coffee drinker but I love the smells of the coffee. Great captures, I can feel it was a lively event!

    • I know something you loves the smell of coffee but doesn’t like the flavour of it. Strange isn’t it? Thanks Indah. The barbecue lunch and free music entertainment topped it off – a good day out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. robert87004 says:

    I’ve managed, somehow, to cut back to 4 or 5 coffees each day, and as for chocolate… long as I don’t have it in the house, I’m OK. Coffee is companionable, certainly. How many first meetings and ensuing conversations have been over a cup of coffee, I wonder.

    • I always have chocolate in the house – I’m incurable. You’re right about the coffee – and the coffee companies know it too. That’s why their ads always play up to that aspect of it.

  12. Simply wonderful shots, LD ! I should like to know HOW I could’ve known about this: where would I have read about it and known to show up …?

  13. tara cooney says:

    I think I have to move to Sydney!! Honestly, the festivals they put on are amazing. Love the shared moment of the two guys enjoying their coffee. Nice post.

  14. Now that’s something we don’t have here – an Aroma Festival – how delightful! And I’ll take a couple of those Bailey’s lollies please, with a double espresso ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Gorgeous photos โค

  15. No offense here but this must be the best post ever and you should know why… I’m biased when it comes to coffee and chocolates (together) – they were my staple diet when I lived in Dubai.

    Simply LOVE LOVE LOVE your captures. I am ill and every waking moment is a pain but this post is better than any medication administered so far!

    I especially loved the first photo. The expression is priceless!

    THANK YOU Dr. Draco! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Great set of images especially the three with the guy making the cup of coffee/steaming the milk. Have to stop myself from heading out for a coffee.

  17. kuujinbo says:

    Beautiful photos. You were **so** right last year when you were waiting for the M9 sensor replacement and remarked that nothing can replace it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. What a great name, Aroma Festival. Conjures up lovely warm feelings. I’m not a coffee drinker – gave it up because it disagreed with me – but mmm, coffee & chocolate, that is definitely a winning combination.

  19. I have enjoyed your story and all those wonderful photos. Aroma festival, how innovative. I am fifty fifty when it comes to tea and coffee. I love them bothโ€ฆI would love the Baileys flavoured chocolate. It must be delicious! thanks and enjoy your weekend!

  20. Karen says:

    Great website, your photography is excellent, each image tells a story. I so much enjoy these city shots and seeing what’s going on these days. Have a great week.

  21. Bravo! As an avid tea drinker I heartily agree with your post and enjoyed the read. The tempest in the teapot is more to my liking. Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. I love the story of how you took photos of those two guys, and I love the photos too. ๐Ÿ™‚ What a great idea to have a festival dedicated to coffee! I especially like the photos of the barista making coffee. Great post Draco!

  23. I could use some coffee and chocolate now. This post looks surprisingly delicous in B&W. How is your week, Draco? I am trying very hard to get used to work again – am more tired than before the holidays…

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