On balance, I think CHNO has to be my favourite cafe in Brisbane. Coffee - I order a double shot soy flat white, and I'm never disappointed. They roast their own, and it's fantastic. If you're after beans, there's a little station with about six different kinds. Atmosphere - Semi-warehouse vibe, with wall murals. Sit on couches, armchairs, and old espresso machines made into seats. Put your coffee on big wooden tables or weapons crates. Books, boards games, puzzles. Free arcade games. Smell and watch the roasting. Service - They know how to make their customers feel special.
For the full review and fabulous photos visit: http://beanbrewding.com.au/chno-espresso-in-newstead/ The café scene has many establishments with clever names, CHNO Espresso in Newstead is one of them. You need to look at the artwork on the wall to discover CHNO is the chemical elements of caffeine. There’s plenty of visual stimulation with a two kilogram roaster, a range of freshly roasted beans in what looked like a pick and mix station (although we don’t suggest you pick and mix), an arcade machine, and recycled espresso machines painted in vibrant colours and made into seats. The place formerly known as Divisione Tecnica used to repair espresso machines but found roasting and serving coffee to be more appreciated by the locals. Locals have a tab and use a massive blackboard to chalk up their tally after ordering their coffee. The staff are jovial and despite being up late watching football were good for a chat. Steven sources green beans from a broker who buys direct from the farmer and roasts on-site. The house blend available on our visit was 75% Peruvian organic and 25% Nicaraguan. We ordered two lattes and a short black to sample it. Steven let us know he thought the flavours were not quite there yet as he had only just roasted it. The Slayer espresso machine with naked pour gave the coffees a great crema. The short black was syrupy with a chocolate after taste. The Lattes were smooth and easy to drink. As no single origin was available that day round two brought back the house blend. The drink of choice for us at the moment is the shlong, so predictably we summoned a triangle of shlongs. They had the same profile as the short black but took longer to drink and longer to enjoy—the beauty of the shlong! CHNO Espresso in Newstead is a clever and fun place for your morning coffee. Get down here and be treated like a local!
Tried them again after the change of the name. Chno is their new name, but not so impressed by their coffee. It lacked depth - quite thin in taste. Maybe because I am now having coffee as black, and should have ordered extra shot. The place looked nice, the roasting area seemed very interesting. They offer nice tables and games. The food selection is very limited. Service was not bad. It is not a bad place to relax if you are in the area as it is not too busy even on Saturday morning. You don't have to fight for seats.
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