Commodity Cafe

Opens at 7am

7.51004 reviews


1/66 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley, Queensland


0416 219 206

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7:00AM - 2:00PM
7:00AM - 2:00PM
7:00AM - 2:00PM
7:00AM - 2:00PM
7:00AM - 2:00PM
7:00AM - 2:00PM
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3 reviews · 9 years ago

On my way to work most mornings I pop into this little hole in the wall cafe and am always greeted with a big smile and a perfectly poured cup of coffee.. The barista's are lovely and are always discussing something interesting. The beans I choose are seasonal, smooth, fruity and always single origin "thats what they tell me anyway".. hehe 10/10

63 reviews · 58 followers · 9 years ago

When our friend from Yelp Brisbane suggested Commodity Cafe in Fortitude Valley for a catch-up, she was reluctant to share this hidden treasure. Given its location, the loading dock for Luxx Box, Commodity Cafe is more like buried treasure! Get your treasure (or Google) map, locate 3/166 McLachlan St and you will be rewarded with amazing coffee riches. Margit, the owner comes from a science (biology and chemistry) background but admitted coffee was in the blood and one of her fondest memories and smells while growing up. Her love for coffee is evident in the amount of coffee choices available in such a confined space – an amazing array of coffee, a Fifth Battery house blend and single origins specifically selected for filtered and espresso options. After an informative chat with Margit, it was time for a single origin doppio on El Salvador Guochoca promoted as ‘not for the feint hearted’ and a long black HMOS (hot milk on the side) on another El Salvador. Central American coffee all round! The coffees were created on the ECM coffee machine – a boutique machine from Milan. The tasting notes were supplied, there was even a note on the use of whole cane sugar to make the sugar syrup … little gems everywhere! The doppio was definitely full-bodied with a subtle sweetness that delivered a great coffee experience and the long black was consumed with blissful enjoyment. There is a strong yellow and black theme that creates a striking visual stimulus for the eyes. Back to the sense of taste, a cleanse of the palette with water and more chatting led to the arrival of the cold drip coffees made with Finca Suiza, a single origin from Panama, with sugar syrup on the side. The cold drip is created on what looks like a chemistry experiment – we never did fun stuff like coffee making at school! The drink was almost tea like in appearance and very much like a peach/mango ice tea in aroma – it was fruity and delicate. We had to try it with the syrup – dark appearance – but preferred it without. What an amazing experience! What appears to be just another coffee shop set up in a loading dock/garage transforms into a wealth of coffee jewels as you peer more closely into the treasure chest. Another ‘must do’ on the coffee scene in the Valley … however, take your time and enjoy.

200 reviews · 496 followers · 9 years ago

It took me a couple of visits to really get what Commodity Café has to offer. On my first visit a few weeks ago, I literally grabbed a (lucky) park on the street and ran over to grab a quick take-away for the road. This morning it was so pleasant sitting out front that I spent quite some time there, eventually walking away with a big smile on my face. Commodity Café moved into this space in front of funky industrial design workshop Luxxbox earlier this year, and it really looks like this place has been embraced by the locals. After spending some time this morning chatting with delightful owner Margit and new addition Truin (artisan baker, and now barista extraordinaire), I can see why. Today, with the delicious assortment from the Tru Baker on display the café felt complete. Seems to me this is a match made in heaven, and a great example of what is possible when innovative and passionate people come together. But in addition to the quality products they offer, it was the friendly and very personal service I enjoyed that really blew me away. With a location on busy on McLachlan Street, parking can be a bit of a challenge. I've heard stories of an over-zealous tool from the locksmith store next-door who likes to have cars towed from the long row of car spaces out front – all of which were empty when I visited this morning. So this is just a bit of a warning to be careful if you’re parking in the area. What I really love about this place is that they have so many blends and single origins on offer, from various roasters, and the coffee menu is constantly changing. Each of them is prepared with utmost respect and care on the little workhorse ECM machine, and several other brew methods. Your coffee is served with informative tasting notes and details about its origin. They will do their best to match your selection to your tastes; but if you try something and it doesn't quite hit the spot, you always know that you can just try something else next time. On my first visit I had a take-away latte with a seasonal Guatemalan blend. It was good, but it didn't wow me. Today, I was wowed! I had a triple ristretto latte with the El Talapo from El Salvador (like the other blend I tried, it was roasted by Market Lane in Melbourne). It looked amazing in the cup, bursting with brightness, and was simply delicious. The Maleny Dairies milk in both my coffees was spot on. Do yourself a favour and visit this place - the quality and range of coffees on offer here will delight you while Margit enlightens you and Truin charms the pants off you :)

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