The best small flat white I can remember having in years! I used to come here semi-regularly when I lived nearby but haven't been in over a year or more since moving away. I'm glad I stopped by this morning when in the are for a cheeky caffeine hit. The crema was a rich rusty-brown colour and was really thin and velvety, like wet paint (not frothy at all). The latte art was spot on and the taste was utterly intoxicating! Really bold and complex... I can't wait to come back more often. It's worth the drive over.
Disclaimer: I visit each cafe at least 3 times, as we know that brew consistancy can change with the Barista, and whether the cafe is quiet, busy etc. Hidden away on a back street right beside the Toombul Train Station is this little gem. I am jealous that the locals of Nundah have kept this place to themselves!! On my first visit to Solo, I ran into the Beanbrewding team! So I knew I must be in the right place! Beanbrewding's blog review is here - http://bit.ly/1fmUJIw Talking to the owner Ken, Solo opened in December 2012 and they have been roasting on site since then. At the time of this review they have a small electronic Japanese Roaster and will be moving to a gas powered unit in the near future. Parking - Due to the proximity to the train station, parking can be a little tricky. Parking is on street or if you are lucky , you can snag a park in the near by station car park. On my first 2 visits parking was easy (on street). My 3rd visit, after a little hunting got a park in the train station carpark. Coffee-- Solo has 2 main blends. Wild South Blend contains: Yirgacheffe Chelba OCR, Sidamo Karate OCR and Guatemala Plan Del Guaybo. This blend cuts though milk very well and to me it smelt like a warm molasses and the yirgacheffe dominates. After taste lasts on the full palate well. Fiery Central Blend contains: Brazil-Serra Eleite Costsa Rica-Liano Bonito Kenya-MUKURWE AB My impressions- cuts though milk gently, I prefer this blend as a doppio. As a doppio, berry and pineapple, sweet and full mouth feel. Different Single Origins are also on roatation regularly. On my 3rd visit, had a Panama Geisha as a piccolo and it was just heavenly , with a slightly burnt orange aroma with cherry highlights. The cafe has a clean decor which just flows. The train noise does not interfere with your experience at all. Free Wi-Fi is available. Standard cafe type food fare is available with reasonable pricing. Beans and coffee accessories are available for purchase. Solo are always provide good customer service and always ask for feedback and take the feedback on board. Take the time to find & visit Solo, you won't be disappointed. Cheers Guy.
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