I was shocked when I walked past this place for the first time the other day, why hadn't I heard of it before? It looked pretty awesome! So the next week I went out of my way to try it. The dark, moody interior design was a bit lost on me but it would definitely light the fires of other people more hipster than I. The coffee was equally lost on me. Despite a lengthy chat with the lovely barista, who made sure I ordered exactly what I was looking for (as their coffee names can be a little confusing) I found the coffee way too strong and overpowering. I didn't end up finishing the coffee, which is quite rare for me. Service was lovely, if not a little slow but it wasn't exactly peak hour. Overall I probably won't return as my usual faithful haunt (Mean Beanz Espresso) is just around the corner.
One of my favourite spots - great atmosphere, easy place to meet with friends for a chat or have a meeting. Plenty of seating and gorgeous decor with art by local independent artists and events for creatives. Coffee is consistently very good, quite light and fruity lattes. Iced coffees are also delicious.
For the full review that contains fabulous photos visit the Bean Brewding blog post http://bit.ly/17pYoTY The menu board at Roost is enough to make you want to sit down, start from the top and work you way down – there is the Goblin, the black bantam, the ‘Isaac’ … to name a few. It’s a crema dilemma! So an in-depth conversation with staff to get a handle on what they are is imperative. Although they were really busy, the friendly staff patiently and precisely explained the ‘different’ choices we asked about. He finished by saying, ‘thanks for asking!’ Roost Coffee is a coffee shop by day and the Room 60 bar at night – cool use of space! The coffee action happens out front but the lighting and jazz plying in the background gives you a sense of being in an intimate bar. The only clue there is a coffee shop is the red rooster, so if you’re cruising down Carraway St, look for the big red umbrellas, find a park and head on in. The house blend is Arcade by Cup Coffee and they rotate their single origins sourced from a range of local specialty roasters like The Single Guys Coffee Co. and Fifth Battery Coffee Roasters. The wonderful coffee is mixed with Barambah organic milk for those who like it white! Mocha mate was not distracted by the lure of signature coffees and went straight for the mocha. The verdict … ‘pretty special, it’s like a mocha from Bunker.’ Even though Roost uses Bunker chocolate, it is still high praise indeed! One of us was tempted by ‘the Isaac’, a double ristretto poured over cold milk. So smooth and easy to drink - an interesting fusion of cold and hot. Another interesting fusion was ‘the Matthew’ – an espresso shot over San Pellegrino sparkling water. Mocha mate could not hold back any longer and went for it! The crema looked like it was on steroids. The experience was somewhat bizarre – the brain was trying to work out if it was a soft drink or a coffee … maybe a coffee spider! Do you want to get to know your coffee? visit http://bit.ly/TLTBZ7 The Goblin, a double ristretto over four ounces of 70 degree filtered water, had to be tried! One for the lovers of coffee. Like its namesake, it may have been a little mischievous but definitely not evil – it was delightfully smooth, there is obviously some talent driving the La Marzocco Linea. Roost Coffee is a cool place to chill, chat and enjoy unique mixtures of coffee. There are cold drips and pour overs on the menu if filtered coffee is your go … however we never quite got there. If you ever feel experimental, or even goblinesque, head to Roost and try the unconventional … we don’t think you’ll be disappointed!
Set up in the Room 60 bar, now split into coffee shop by day and bar by night this place is a destination, light or dark. Comfy seating, cosy atmosphere, with magazines, books and board games. You cant just stop in or while away hours there. This place has recently changed from Supreme coffee to Cup coffee and The Single Guys. It is a lighter roast and even more delicious than the supreme they were using before. The owner running the place is lovely and the atmosphere is nice and relaxed. Delicious filter coffees, or your standard milk coffees. Savoury and sweet snacks from Soul breads and sometimes home-baked treats. Their market stalls on Saturday at Kelvin Grove and Bardon are handy and delicious. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone! One of the best coffee joint is Brisbane and definitely the best in Kelvin Grove.
Roost is a new little retro styled cafe slash bar that looks very inviting from the outside. Now usually when I walk past something that looks like a bar I mostly don't bother to check out their coffee and for the most part this way of thinking serves me pretty well. Roost serve coffees which are roasted by the guys from Cup and Supreme roasters, which basically means if you were to any where for coffee in Kelvin Grove this would be your first obvious choice. Unfortunately the operator doesn't do the product justice, I order flat white, piccolo and espresso, the coffees were "OK" but nothing to write home about giving up mild coca and dark berry flavours with no sweetness, deepth or complexity. But still the best thing going around in Kelvin Grove.
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