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Somewhat enticing from the street - light, airy and open but step inside this monolithic building and it is devoid of soul... perhaps it’s just too early (615 am?) but seriously does anyone in Brisbane read the paper ? My feeling is this one is strictly for the workers. Now the coffee: well executed with good flavour and decent crema - you couldn’t fault it; served in the right glass at right temp, even a bit of latte art. Toby’s Estate and bon Soy.
I generally drink a doppio and find the coffee at Pando made consistently, with a nutty, smooth flavour. Volumes tend to be on the ristretto side, which probably help with the full bodied mouthfeel. Staff are friendly, and I'd say this is my favourite coffee near Post Office Square. I haven't found the speed of the service any different to the other coffee shops I've tried in the area, so don't have the same issue with this as some other reviewers. My current local.
I tried Pando a few times as the place looked very inviting. They have lots of seats and tables, and unexpectedly spacious inside. Though it is a part of an office building, the atmosphere was warm and pleasant. People there were working hard each time and didn't forget smile. This cafe uses Toby's woolloomooloo blend and fair trade organic. I choose organic on all times as I often feel Toby"s woolloomooloo is made to be best with milk. My black coffees tend to taste a bit earthy with some herb flavour with not much sweetness. It tasted slightly too bitter, but it could be because of the temperature, or this blend is also made to have as milky coffee. The barista was really friendly and did a good job. Unfortunately, they have only one barista, and waiting time can be a bit too long as the previous reviwer mentioned. Food menu looked very interesting. I would recommend to go Pando when you have a plenty of time to sit down and enjoy coffee and healthy food.
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