FORTY BEANS, ORGANIC COFFEE & CHATS
Forty Beans is a local cafe on the Northern Beaches of Sydney operated by Alec Gardner – an ex-corporate world businessman now turned cafe owner. A lover of healthy living and advocate of all things local he runs the café with an organic theme and a very friendly approach.
Meeting Alec is a rewarding experience and what strikes you right away is his caring nature. The day we met we chatted about his corporate background, his newly purchased Café and the fact that he was passionate about TV, radio and Opera.
When I first arrived on the Northern Beaches I made it a point to get to know my local reserves and cove beaches, like Clontarf, Forty Baskets and Little Manly Beach. Not only out of the desire to get to know the local area but as a complete need to get the kids out and stretch their legs. As a father of three my first child was born into Balgowlah Heights and from there North Harbour Reserve became a place we often frequented in the mornings.
Forty Beans Café is situated on the cusp of North Harbour Reserve, a famed dog friendly landscape (See more Manly Council Dog Off Leash Areas) which includes child friendly playground, a rock climbing wall and even a waterfall. If you’re fortunate enough to live nearby then Forty Beans is worth a visit.
What we like best about Alec and Forty Beans is his belief that Forty Beans is a conduit for communication and local community interaction. One glance around the café and you’ll witness this first hand. Alec has allowed local businesses, authors and entrepreneurs to delicately place their wares on display in the café in the hope of sparking conversation and communication between locals.
My favourite food at Forty Beans is the Tuna Sandwich with a side of potato chips, and my kids enjoy the Banana Smoohies and fresh muffins of the day! But the best aspect remains to be the coffee. Organic and always flavoursome, it’s in my top five coffees in Sydney. I hope you get the chance to visit.
How good is a hot spring day when you stop and take in a Banana Smoothie with the one you love. #bliss #smoothie #etchlivelocal
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2/11 Lower Beach Street
Balgowlah | 9907 9709