BeanBrewding reviewed Contessa
For the full review and fabulous photos visit http://bit.ly/1fXUnbD There had been lots of action on social media about the new venue but nothing quite prepared us for the unique slice of West End funk in the city. Somehow the ‘vibe’ of the original Blackstar cafe permeates its younger city dwelling sibling. The A4 photocopy wallpaper, furniture on wheels, projected menu, subdued lighting provides the new ‘funk’ with the familiar links, plus roasted beans in brown paper and bottled iced coffee … not in a fridge but in ice buckets … so cool! The friendly staff perch behind one of the two Synesso coffee machines waiting to greet you and prepare your coffee. One Synesso is primed to deliver ‘the Rev‘, the other to deliver the single origin through naked filters. The Single on offer was a Nicaraguan Maragogype — the beans were so big they nearly popped out of the hopper. Latte Lad went straight for his flavourite starter on the Rev. He devoured his latte and was impressed by the full body. It was a long macch and a shlong on the single. A feverish discussion about the shlong, the long shot or the long black – low tide ensued. Donald was keen to take on the shlong and delivered it as a double ristretto. There was a definite colour profile of orange from the shlong and the milk in the macchiato showcased the malty flavour. So if you’re looking for a slice of West End in the city, get yourself to Contessa by Blackstar in the Brisbane CBD … you’ll be glad you did!