Dancing Bean Espresso had been on our ‘Coffee Shop Target List’ for ages. One of the features that caught our attention on their website was the great videos, on all things coffee (Scoop: they are soon to be updated!). The opportunity to catch up with another Beanhunter reviewer, Doogs007 meant it was time to head to Banyo. For some reason, there is always something strangely appealing about coffee shop/roasters in industrial estates. It brings a strange sense of connection to the coffee you drink. Dancing Bean had the same vibe as Bun Coffee in Byron Bay – particularly the multiple miniature hoppers offering a smorgasboard of award-winning beans. Following a quick chat about coffee, it was time to taste. In answer to our question, ‘What’s on today?’ The barista said, ‘The House blend or would you like to try something different?’ Something different … music to a Bean Brewder’s palette! We kicked off with a doppio and a piccolo on the award-winning Ethiopian Guji on his recommendation. The coffees were brewed on the well-loved EXPOBAR and didn’t disappoint – the doppio was punchy and smooth on the tongue at the finish with distinctive berry tastes. Doogs indicated the piccolo was brilliant and as always at Dancing Bean the milk was wonderfully textured. The alluring smell of the Original blend being roasted drew us near the Has Garanti roasters and provided an opportunity to chat with Rob, the owner. It is always great to get the coffee ‘back story’. A visit to the US created his idea of having a coffee cart and was the genesis of Dancing Bean which developed into roasting behind closed doors then to the current shop front/roastery. We also had the pleasure of smelling some green Yirgacheffe beans – Rob drove to Sydney to get 4 of 6 sacks available in Australia. The beans were part of Operation Cherry Red – hand-picked red ripe cherries only. It was like smelling a berry bouquet as opposed to the usual grassy, earthy smell of green beans. Would love to try them roasted! Enough chatting … back to the coffee. We sampled the Dancing Bean Original blend as flat whites, as this is the standard fare for most clientele. Rob said this was the blend they built their business on, and with its easy drinking you can understand why. the blend goes well with milk and leaves an almost chocolatey sweetness on the palette long after the coffee is gone. As they, ‘Once you’ve gone black, you have to go back!’ We took the time to sample Rob’s current favourite – another Dancing Bean award-winning Ethiopian – the Sidamo, as a doppio and a doppio macchiato. The smell of the roasted beans belied the taste. There was a real depth to this coffee that we enjoyed and could understand Rob’s attraction to the bean. The flavour developed nicely in both doppios. When we were at Uncle Joe’s Coffee House, Mark spoke about the colour of the coffee as we drank it. With both single origins, the most vibrant colour was purple – very consistent with the berry fruit flavours of the coffee. Interestingly, purple is a key feature of Dancing Bean’s colour scheme. So, if purple is the new black, you gotta try some black coffee at Dancing Bean Espresso. http://beanbrewding.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/the-dancing-bean-espresso-bar-banyo/
This is Dancing Beans head quarters - they do all the roasting there as Dancing Bean supplies beans to a number of Cafes in Brisbane. The coffee is great, It`s more like a little hidden secret as a place to get a good cup on a Saturday morning, always friendly. The are always keen to talk coffee with coffee addicts like me . The selection& quality of beans is fantastic and the coffee is great. Its the only place I get my beans from , and have been fro a long while now. The Dancing Bean Original blend is a great combination of great individual single origins blended to give a smooth rich coffee with chocolate tones. They have some brilliant single origins available as well, my favourites are the Costa Rican Tarrazu SHB and the Guatemalan Atitlan SHB, beautiful beans that give you that coffee shop taste at home. If your out and about - give them a visit , the beans are worht the drive.
Disclosure: I always visit each cafe at least 3 times before I post a review. I visit at busy times, quiet times and different times of the day to try to sample different Baristas. I consider this method to be fair to the operators and also this method provides a fair assessment. Tucked away in a small little industrial estate opposite the Golden Circle Cannery is this little gem called Dancing Bean Espresso HQ. The best way to find Dancing Bean Espresso HQ is head down Earnshaw Rd from the North and turn left into Depot St. Dancing Bean is found in the 2nd block on industrial sheds on the right up the back. (Look for the black fencing). Operating hours are 0800-1200 Monday-Saturdays. Off and On Street parking is readily available. The Dancing bean team are very knowledgeable in all things coffee and Rob the owner is a real connoisseur when it comes to Single Origins. There are at least 5 SO's in grinders waiting to be sampled. The Dancing Bean original blend has lovely smooth chocolate tones and cuts through milk well and equally nice as a espresso. On my last visit, I sampled an Ethopian Guji as a piccolo and it was mind blowing. Beautiful berry tones that just kept on developing as it got cooler and continued to develop at least 10 mins after I finished. I also tried an Ethopian Sidamo #4, as a Doppio Macchiato at Rob's and coffee drinking partners suggestion for the morning and it was just awesome as well. This variety of Sidamo had an initial in your face boldness, which really developed at the base of the mouth and then smoothed off to a lovely rounded finish. Milk texturing is always smooth and velvety and the temperature is always right. There is a range of barista equipment available for purchase (both domestic and commercial) as well as syrups and other accessories. The Dancing Bean HQ setup is not really setup as a cafe, but you can sit, enjoy the smells as the Dancing Bean team roast and the owner Rob is more than happy to come and have a chat and let you pick his brains. The focus here is on buying beans, equipment and grabbing a great coffee whilst you are here. I highly recommend you check out Dancing Bean HQ or try a brew at one of the Dancing Bean Espresso Bars around Brisbane. You won't be disappointed. Cheers Guy.
I was a local in Banyo for a while and became good friends with owner and head roaster Rob. He's a great bloke - honest and super friendly and will happily chat with you about all things coffee. The understated Dancing Bean is doing a great job with a consistent selection of single origin roasts and (what I think personally) is a cracking house blend - rich with great chocolate flavour.
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