Have loved the little boutique which houses this coffee bar for some time now and the addition of caffeine has only made it all the more enjoyable. For our first experience we were humbled by a lovely barista who was more than happy to make anything we wanted and even followed up to check whether the coffee had met our craving. My companion loves really hot coffee and mentioned her only fault would be a slight bit of extra heat. To this comment the barista immediately began to happily make a replacement free of charge - service at it's best! The coffee comes from Cleanskin Roasters and has a beautiful rich but not bitter taste. We will definitely return.
Last Saturday was not my day - stalked by burnt coffees. I was quite keen to try this place - it looked cute. Sadly both my and my partners coffees were ungood. Long black topped with a burnt black scum and smelling bitter and burnt and a flat white so dark and bitter. Perhaps the name of the cafe is actually a serving suggestion.
I was quite excited to hear about five sugars opening. I love this strip at Wooloongabba, and have long thought there was a market for high quality specialty coffee here, with the competition only offering Merlo, Genovese, and Di Bella. So to hear that Saint would now be available here was exciting. After reading reviews on beanhunter, and having Adam Thompson and Bobbles reccomend it, we went to check it out at lunch time. At first approach I liked what I saw, a shiny GB5, and the multi-color ACF cups to drink from. All sitting on a rustic looking counter. Great start! The barista had a a couple of people in the store - not drinking coffee, but trying on clothes etc. and she was happily helping them out. When she came take our order I got quite offended, as the smiles and friendly service did not extend to us, and the service we recieved was gruff and almost unwilling. I'd like to think she may have been having a bad day, but since she had been quite happy with the previous customers, I can only assume that this was an aversion to serving us. Coffee was acceptable. I guess the business is still young and finding it's feet, based on that they deserve another try, but with good coffee and excellent service nearby, you'd hope they remedy this soon.
It may only be the start of January, but our first serious contender for best new café of 2012 has arrived – announcing Five Sugars!! When most Brisbane cafés are still closed for their yearly hibernation, imagine my surprise when I discovered this little gem. Nestled among all the antique shops in the charming old strip of Logan Road, I am very confident that Five Sugars will be lovingly embraced by locals and visitors alike. This precinct already features one of Brisbane’s best brunch cafés, now you can also find one of Brisbane’s best coffees here too! Five Sugars was born about 2 months ago. The café is actually a new addition to the existing Lavish Essentials homewares shop. I’m actually quite fascinated by the whole shop/café crossover concept. On one hand, I suspect the prospect of great coffee is going to attract a lot more people to view the homeware goods on offer here; but with only a limited number of seats available the café could fill to capacity quite quickly… Owner Cassandra (who we met today) is a coffee-lover who saw an opportunity to create something special here – and that’s exactly what she has done. There is so much to love about this place, and every little detail just oozes quality and good-taste. Some of things I really loved were the real artisan created brownies and chocolates; the fine selection of (non-coffee) beverages; and the gorgeous Italian cups which are some of the nicest I’ve come across in a long time. The atmosphere is just spot-on, and the wonderful personal service we had today made our visit even more memorable. Moments after we grabbed a seat Cassandra offered a chest of toys to our little toddler – this allowed us to relax and enjoy our coffees while Bella played happily. The theme of quality continues with the coffee. The Saint Signature blend (Cleanskin Coffee Co roasters) has been selected as the house blend, and I for one am delighted to have this blend on offer in my neighbourhood. You know a coffee is exceptional when you start thinking about a second cup after your first taste – this was my experience today. I started with a triple ristretto latte – served in a cup. It was delightfully fragrant and the colour was rich and dark – quite beautiful to behold. The flavour of dark chocolate was perfectly balanced – bold yet velvety smooth. This was accentuated by the Maleny Dairies milk which was lovely and creamy. All in all, a wonderful coffee. And yes I did have a second round – a double ristretto piccolo. It was just as impressive as the first and served in a really cute piccolo-sized version of my latte cup. I couldn’t have been more impressed with my first visit to Five Sugars. I realise that my 8.8 rating places this café in that hallowed territory, but seeing owner Cassandra’s passion and attention to detail allows me to do this with absolute confidence that Five Sugars is indeed worthy. Look forward to many more visits during 2012.
Excellent Saint coffee served in exquisite cups with a dark chocolate on the side. Cassie has a fantastic business set within an interesting design shop. A great deal of care has been taken with the aesthetics of the china, furniture,edible delights and that is matched easily in the quality of the coffee. A hidden oasis, to sit outside on an upholstered couch, read Frankie, drink delectable coffee with great service.
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