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reviewed Coffee Anthology

63 reviews · 58 followers · 5 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit http://t.co/d3TwbFAh2t Coffee Anthology in Brisbane’s CBD is unique because it brings the heart of the Melbourne coffee scene to Brisbane’s doorstep. This would be the perfect venue for a Bean Brewding coffee tour. The exterior has a modern use of vertical wood and a courtyard with a surprising amount of seating for the CBD. There is some seating at a bar overlooking Adam and David as they work the La Marzocco Strada EP. The coffee menu is constantly changing and offers the best coffee roasters from Melbourne. On the espresso machine Adam pours the shots and David textures the Uncle Joe’s milk. Every dose is ground in the Mythos One grinders and carefully weighed. We ordered a round of espresso coffee, it came beautifully presented with an information card so we knew where it was from: short black and shlong from Axil Coffee Roasters, El Salvador Llano Grande; short black, shlong and piccolo from Padre Coffee, Daddy’s Girl blend. The Llano Grande exploded with blackcurrant, the Daddy’s Girl worthy of purchasing a bag and taking home. Round two was filter coffee through a V60. David selected a Panama Geisha Esmerelda Mario San Jose roasted by Dukes Coffee. There was a cacophony of flavours with Tangerine upfront and when cooled a taste of white chocolate. We could not believe it, never had we experienced white chocolate … coffee never stops amazing us. We only had ten minutes spare. ‘David can make a syphon in five,’ said Adam. David lovingly prepared us syphon coffee using an Ethiopian Tabletop Sunny single origin roasted by Proud Mary Coffee. As soon as we sipped we knew it was worth staying for. Sweet strawberries popped from the cup, so sweet and delightful. Coffee Anthology in Brisbane’s CBD is certainly noteworthy offering the best of Melbourne coffee prepared and served with passion.

reviewed John Mills Himself

63 reviews · 58 followers · 5 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit http://ift.tt/1sFCFUs John Mills Himself is worth a visit because, although in some respects it’s like a step back in time, you also feel like you’re riding the crest of coffee’s third wave. The exposed brickwork connects you with the past and the understated decor immerses you in a relaxed state to enjoy the now. Baristas Kate, Matthew, Emma, and Brian know regulars by first name. The service is attentive and accommodating to those alone and looking for someone to talk to. You can tell that they are after the perfect pour every time because they weigh every shot. Three grinders are setup for espresso and a fourth for filtered coffee. The rotation in the grinders is constant and at anytime can have Uncle Joe’s, Cup Roastery, Single Guys or Marvell Street Roasters in them. Great to see an ethos of supporting local roasteries. After watching everyone else get a sample of the Cup Guatemalan Santa Clara, it was my turn. The short black was crisp, really enjoyable. One cool thing you may want to look out for is the filtered espresso. They grind a filter roasted bean, place a V60 underneath the espresso machine group head and pour! This method filters residual grounds and cleans up your brew. It was time to try some filtered coffee. It’s very rare to refuse Uncle Joe’s, Single Guys and Cup coffee but there was a mysterious fourth bag with 8-bit written on it. 8-bit is the creation of Daniel Rechlen, a quite obsessed and mysterious underground roaster. These were an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Tchembe. I opened the bag and the aroma immediately made me want to eat the beans, what a hit of tropical fruits. Drinking it was a real treat, such refined high quality coffee roasted to perfection. John Mills Himself in Brisbane’s CBD offers super coffee, innovation and dedication.

reviewed Two Trees

63 reviews · 58 followers · 5 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit: http://beanbrewding.com.au/two-trees-espresso-in-south-brisbane/ It was nearly two years ago we originally converged on Two Trees Espresso in South Brisbane. Well actually it was in a garage in West End. How Two Trees have blossomed in that time. Just as we have grown and got a new funky web space, Mim and Jordan at Two Trees have a new warm and intimate space on Merivale Street. Fortunately, we arrived the day after a brand new interior refurb guided by a local architect. There is a sense of intimacy in the new layout even though it’s communal in design. Jordan said they had learnt a lot in their first two years of business … and how it shows. Our pour over on a Yirgacheffe from Seven Seeds arrived. The coffee was superb with a hint of peach that grew more pronounced as it cooled. Two Trees have moved to The Odyssey Project coffee as well as sourcing other specialty coffee beans. We decided to try another pour over on the Yirgacheffe from TOP as we watched the morning coffee crowd come and go and drew youthful comparisons with The Tiller. We were treated to another sweet and tasty pleasure for the palette. It seems Two Trees is easy to enter but hard to leave … With a great desire to avoid work, we talked more about Bean Brewding Coffee Tours and decided on a shlong for the road. We got a bit more detail behind the new refurb including the secreting away of the La Marzocca to improve intimacy of the drinking areas. The shlong was delightful and delivered a creamy mouth feel – it was a great parting coffee. One thing that hasn’t changed at Two Trees in South Brisbane is the delightful and welcoming environment … great hosts, great coffee.

reviewed CHNO Espresso

63 reviews · 58 followers · 5 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit: http://beanbrewding.com.au/chno-espresso-in-newstead/ The café scene has many establishments with clever names, CHNO Espresso in Newstead is one of them. You need to look at the artwork on the wall to discover CHNO is the chemical elements of caffeine. There’s plenty of visual stimulation with a two kilogram roaster, a range of freshly roasted beans in what looked like a pick and mix station (although we don’t suggest you pick and mix), an arcade machine, and recycled espresso machines painted in vibrant colours and made into seats. The place formerly known as Divisione Tecnica used to repair espresso machines but found roasting and serving coffee to be more appreciated by the locals. Locals have a tab and use a massive blackboard to chalk up their tally after ordering their coffee. The staff are jovial and despite being up late watching football were good for a chat. Steven sources green beans from a broker who buys direct from the farmer and roasts on-site. The house blend available on our visit was 75% Peruvian organic and 25% Nicaraguan. We ordered two lattes and a short black to sample it. Steven let us know he thought the flavours were not quite there yet as he had only just roasted it. The Slayer espresso machine with naked pour gave the coffees a great crema. The short black was syrupy with a chocolate after taste. The Lattes were smooth and easy to drink. As no single origin was available that day round two brought back the house blend. The drink of choice for us at the moment is the shlong, so predictably we summoned a triangle of shlongs. They had the same profile as the short black but took longer to drink and longer to enjoy—the beauty of the shlong! CHNO Espresso in Newstead is a clever and fun place for your morning coffee. Get down here and be treated like a local!

reviewed Clandestino Roasters

63 reviews · 58 followers · 5 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit: http://beanbrewding.com.au/clandestino-coffee-roasters-in-noosaville/ Cracking out the Beanhunter iPhone App we quickly established Clandestino as our go-to place for a decent brew. It wasn’t just decent though, we were genuinely blown away! Hidden away at the back of a gourmet food market store in an unassuming industrial estate out the back of Noosaville, Clandestino left us both stunned for the first couple of minutes as we took everything in. From the aeroplane hanging from the ceiling, to the fancy machines and coffee beans galore, to all the various coffee knick-knacks and apparatus that was on display for sale … this place puts most Brisbane roasteries to shame in terms of scope and style. We enjoyed sampling the usual fare: Renée had her piccolo, I had my long macchiato, mum had a cappuccino and dad a long black. All of which well met—and exceeded—our expectations for great coffee … however there was something very rare up on the coffee menu board that got me just a little bit excited: a ‘Clover’ coffee. Ryan then served us the coffee in a glass vessel with two cups … and I don’t think I’ve ever had a bigger build-up to trying a coffee before, except perhaps after watching Luke from LTD Espresso working his magic with a Syphon Filter! And we were not disappointed! I’ve had quite a lot of different filter coffees in my time, but this one was simply devine: delicate, soft, smooth, silky, amazing clarity of flavour, no heaviness whatsoever … it really was the best filter I tried thus far.

reviewed Manna Beans Roastery

63 reviews · 58 followers · 5 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit: http://t.co/fDSkWRsAO4 An industrial estate may not be everyone’s idea of heaven but some of the coffee beans roasted by Manna Beans at Archerfield produce a heavenly scent. Simon and Flora started out roasting small batches of coffee at home in their garage until the neighbours complained. It was time to move! A 30kg roaster now takes prime position … It looks like an early Iron Man prototype in colour and design. In fact Simon has so much energy and enthusiasm, he could easily fill the role of Tony Stark with Flora, like Pepper Potts, maintaining the calm. He can make sausages, design new coffee brewing apparatus (the BrewOver … Stay tuned!), prepare for cupping, make coffee and light the BBQ all while we sipped a couple of flat whites and a short black on the Intenso ‘testing’ blend. The flat whites delivered smooth chocolatey flavours while the short black was sweet and well extracted. The real aromatic pleasure came with the cupping experience. We moved to the Manna Beans shop front and saw a cacophony of coffee from Yemen, Australia, Panama, Costa Rica, Ethiopia and Honduras. It’s always a great sensory pleasure to smell and slurp your way around the world of coffee. The spicy notes of the Yemen and the velvet fruitiness of the Panama Geisha were delightfully different, yet delightfully delicious … the two standouts for the three beans. Before we even finished thinking how delightful the Geisha was, Simon was already preparing the V60 equipment for a pour over. No more slurping, it was time to savour a cup of coffee best described as liquid velvet. Manna beans roast on demand and get their hands on diverse and numerous green beans. If energy, enthusiasm and hospitality are anything to go by, you get a sense that Manna Beans at Archerfield are ready to take off for a bright future.

reviewed Jacu Espresso

63 reviews · 58 followers · 5 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit http://bit.ly/Jacu_NP The Jacu bird may be endangered but you are in no danger of bad coffee at Jacu Espresso in Norman Park. Although located at the busy intersection of Bennetts Road and Macrossan Avenue, you don’t seem to notice the traffic once inside, even in peak hour. There are plenty of re-used materials in the furniture and decor making for great photography. Locals enjoy the coffee and unpretentious breakfast menu with home-baked goods… we had to indulge. So to begin, it was three shlongs made on a single origin washed Rwandan from Veneziano Coffee Roasters. Our host Tom told us to expect syrupy plum and peach flavours, he was not wrong on the syrup … delightful. A great looking crema from the La Marzocco Linea added to the enjoyment. Up next was a treat from Panama Silvia poured through a V60. Tom served up a Geisha sourced by Ninety Plus and roasted by Veneziano. Some Geisha’s can be all talk and no walk … this one walked us to the moon! Tom uses a higher dose in his pour over recipe to bring out more body and opacity. After tasting you won’t need another coffee, this one is to savour. Even a devoted latte drinker will love it. With Tom receiving mentoring from Veneziano’s best, the coffee is only going to get better!

reviewed Dovetail on Overend

63 reviews · 58 followers · 5 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit http://bit.ly/1l0e6LZ Does this mean the hunter turns the hunted? You may see some familiar faces at the Overend Street cafe. Adam has assembled an experienced team including Mark bringing his famous Uncle Joe’s coffee and Uncle Joe’s milk. The cafe dovetails in with an office, in what looks like an old corner store. It reminded us of CoffeeGuy in Wooloowin. The beautiful wood rectangle visible from the exterior invites you, almost draws you in for a coffee. The Nuovo Simonelli T3 is in full view, a unique setup pleasing for a coffee lover to see the barista perform his craft. The coffee on offer is Uncle Joe’s Hey Joe blend and two rotating single origins and special blends for espresso and filter. The brew bar is set up for AeroPress options at the moment. The Hey Joe blend has been created to taste great in both white and black coffee. The short black was syrupy sweet and easy to drink, extracted perfectly without bitterness. The Latte is made on a double shot of espresso, it was smooth with a hint of fragrant spice. The long macchiato was sensational – smooth and delicate. The AeroPress arrived beautifully presented in a stainless steel goose neck kettle on wooden board with stunning glassware. Such presentation needs to follow-up with flavour and we were not disappointed. The Banko Dhadhato Yirgacheffe is roasted by 3rd Crack and sourced by Cartel Coffee Roasters. True great coffee shops demand a third round and today was no exception. Bring on the shlongs in triplicate! Made on the Hey Joe blend this was another contender for the best shlong in Brisbane. Every day feels like a weekend, the seats are full of locals and their children and dogs. The food preparation license was granted a couple of days after our visit, so you can order your breakfast as well.Dovetail on Overend in Norman Park is an experience to savor and you won’t want to leave.

reviewed Merriweather

63 reviews · 58 followers · 5 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit http://bit.ly/1c3oKuZ Underneath a new set of units overlooking Musgrave Park you will find Merriweather in South Brisbane. Part-owned by the man behind Cup Coffee, part-owned by Mairi MacKinnon you may think Merriweather is the original Cup Cafe all grown up. The other end of Russell Street is West End bohemian, the Merriweather end is not. The interior is suited to the stylish young crowds you will find gathered here along with the Kees van der Westen Spirit Triplette. One thing you can guarantee is if Cup Coffee is in the hopper then you are in for a special coffee. The House blend is specially roasted for Merriweather, today we had the seasonal Five Star Day blend. At the moment it consists of 50% Ethiopia Wote and 50% Costa Rica Principe Azul. Latte Lad started with his namesake and found the latte to be quite subtle and smooth in flavour, yet without tasting weak—quite an interesting combination of qualities. The single origin on offer was an organic Bolivian Eight Estrellas from farms in Colonia San Juan. We had one long macchiato and one long black. The long macc was smooth and delicate … It was difficult to detect a stand out flavour. The long black made it easier to detect a candy sweetness, bringing the colour red to mind. The barista did justice to the bean and presented really good coffees. Second round of coffees brought Latte Lad a long macc, becoming somewhat of a routine for him. With our host sensing our love for filtered coffee she suggested we order the cold filtered brew. It arrived in small medicine bottles and was a beautiful brown unlike any other bottled cold brew we had seen. The bottle was labelled identifying the single origin of the coffee. Through Twitter @CupCoffee told us the Kenyan Kangocho AA was brewed hot using the pour over filter method and then chilled and bottled. This was a real winner for the purists, it has no additives and enables the coffee to convey a clean sweet profile by itself. So if you love Cup Coffee and want to see a cafe grow up from one end of Russell Street to the other you should visit Merriweather in South Brisbane.

reviewed Contessa

63 reviews · 58 followers · 5 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit http://bit.ly/1fXUnbD There had been lots of action on social media about the new venue but nothing quite prepared us for the unique slice of West End funk in the city. Somehow the ‘vibe’ of the original Blackstar cafe permeates its younger city dwelling sibling. The A4 photocopy wallpaper, furniture on wheels, projected menu, subdued lighting provides the new ‘funk’ with the familiar links, plus roasted beans in brown paper and bottled iced coffee … not in a fridge but in ice buckets … so cool! The friendly staff perch behind one of the two Synesso coffee machines waiting to greet you and prepare your coffee. One Synesso is primed to deliver ‘the Rev‘, the other to deliver the single origin through naked filters. The Single on offer was a Nicaraguan Maragogype — the beans were so big they nearly popped out of the hopper. Latte Lad went straight for his flavourite starter on the Rev. He devoured his latte and was impressed by the full body. It was a long macch and a shlong on the single. A feverish discussion about the shlong, the long shot or the long black – low tide ensued. Donald was keen to take on the shlong and delivered it as a double ristretto. There was a definite colour profile of orange from the shlong and the milk in the macchiato showcased the malty flavour. So if you’re looking for a slice of West End in the city, get yourself to Contessa by Blackstar in the Brisbane CBD … you’ll be glad you did!

reviewed Solo Espresso

63 reviews · 58 followers · 5 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit http://bit.ly/1fmUJIw If you’re flying solo to taste the locally roasted coffee at Solo Espresso in Nundah, the train is the easiest option … unless you’re a Nundah resident navigating the back street labyrinth can be tricky! Of course don’t get off at Nundah train station … whoa that was a lucky check of maps … you alight at Toombul! Enough of the Indiana Jones, Solo Espresso smacks of a corner store, now coffee shop that is light and airy with artistic decor melding. Say what? Yes, decor melding … one bean’s description of the ‘flow’ of the contemporary decor! Too much talk, not enough coffee. Whatever you think of the decor, we found Solo was a place we could easily chill and reminded us of a modernised CoffeeGuy. We had a chat with the owner/barista/roaster and consulted the coffee menu to decide on our maiden voyage of Solo beans roasted in the on-site 2 kilo electric roaster. There were two blends on offer: the Wild South Blend and the Fiery Central Blend plus a Guatemalan Plan Del Guayabo single origin. 3 options – 3 Beans – 3 selections: long macch on the Central, latte on Fiery and AeroPress on Guatemalan. The milk based drinks were velvety and flavoursome, the Guatemalan was flat on the nose, drinkable but had no wow factor. Not to be deterred the black bean of our collective tried the Guatemalan again, this time as a self-created ‘Shlong’ or short/long. With directions darting everywhere, the first solo attempt of the shlong at the La Marzocco machine took flight and delivered a much brighter aroma and more delightful experience for the palate. Latte lad backed up for long macch on the Fiery to round out the second course … with the long macchiato being particularly flavoursome with sweet notes both at the start and also in the aftertaste. The people at Solo Espresso are truly focussed on the locals and strive to meet their coffee needs. The pièce de résistance of the visit were the parting cold drip iced coffees on the Central blend. This was off the radar when making earlier selections. What a way to finish the day … a real highlight, delivering delicate chocolate and berry flavours. So whether you’re flying solo or meeting up with friends, channel a local and enjoy the trip to Solo Espresso in Nundah.

reviewed Dangerbird Coffee

63 reviews · 58 followers · 5 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit http://bit.ly/Jox7d0 A quaint suburban set of shops houses CoffeeGuy in Wooloowin. The decor inside had the feel of a coffee house from yesteryear. It had a homely vibe with a strong essence of coffee … It was like sitting in the warm belly of a freshly roasted Nicaraguan Maragogype. We had a great chat with the barista who was excited about the Indian single origin that was grown in a unique setting. It was recommended as black so it was a long black, doppio and long macch … Just to mix it up a bit! It was a bit like Indian surprise … It seemed to be standard and give somewhat of a coffee hit and then it sweetened on the palate and left a buttery feeling in the mouth. It got better and better as it cooled. The cascading milk through the rich, black macch provided more sensory excitement. CoffeeGuy has 3 blends and a single origin on offer to tempt your palate. There are no filter options to drink but plenty on the well stocked shelves. So it was a different blend for each bean – short black on the Costa Roaster – the lightest end of the blends, a piccolo on the Italian – the darkest and an iced coffee on the Signature – the piggy in the middle! The iced coffee was like Cafe Grande ice cream in a cup … Just the thing to cool down a heated theory swapping discussion. If you want to smell the roasting experience, Monday and Wednesday are most likely roasting days but as they roast on demand … you never know. CoffeeGuy in Wooloowin is a relaxing place in the suburbs to be enveloped by coffee.

reviewed The Fort Specialty Coffee

63 reviews · 58 followers · 6 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit http://bit.ly/1c1Tv2A There were very high end bicycles standing sentry at the rear of the Fort … mmm a bit of bike envy! Coffee and cyclists … often more accurate than a Beanhunter review! Inside there are funky things to please the eye … Like comic strips on the ceiling, interesting collectibles and cross stitch silhouettes of the operators on the grinders. There was a real vibe that was palpable. To please the palette there is the Rusty Musket blend – 70% Guatemalan, 30% Brazilian, specially created by Cup specialty coffee, and a selection of Cup single origins. After a lot of chatter and catching up with the ‘Doogs’, Bean Brewding coffee tourist, it was time to test the coffee. Despite the busy morning, Fort staff were keen to offer advice and field our questions. It was a latte kick start on the Rusty and an AeroPress on an El Salvador Cup of Excellence. The latte was beautifully presented and extracted a treat from the original Cleanskin La Marzocca GB5 – it headed one bean’s day in the right direction after his maps app didn’t. When the AeroPress was served in a milk jug we were delighted and said in unison, ‘it’s just like home’. Just goes to show every man’s home is his Fort. The filtered El Salvador was delicate. It was like a silk sheet dancing on your tongue. Tried as we might, it was difficult to detect a prominent flavour, maybe our palettes are not sophisticated enough to appreciate the true value of COE coffees. When it was time for another coffee we decided to be the three Musket-eers and sample the cold iced coffee on the house blend as the temperature was starting to rise. I think there was another latte chaser in there somewhere. It was creamy and tasty. Our black bean officianado went for the El Salvador single origin as a long black to finish off the day. This time there was plenty of punch for the punter’s palate. There were some subtle touches to round off the Fort theme like water being served in rum bottles. What vibe and a hive of activity … Strange but you somehow felt relaxed in your own little part of the Fort. Coffee shops that can ‘do it’ when they’re busy is the hallmark of people who know coffee. Get on your bike … Head to Fort Specialty Coffee in North Lakes.

reviewed Pourboy

63 reviews · 58 followers · 6 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit http://bit.ly/1a96thm For many working people, Pourboy Espresso in the Brisbane CBD is an easy to access Mecca for their morning coffee. It also provides easy access to Mecca coffee in the heart of Brisbane. For 3 little beans who work out of town, it was an adventure to immerse ourselves in the hustle and bustle of the Brisbane morning rush hour. It is amazing how the staff at Pourboy seem to take the frenzy in their stride – they seem relaxed and cheerful and more than happy to patiently chat about their coffee with 3 frazzled little beans. What to have? The coffee menu was surprisingly substantial. We thought there was safety in numbers, so we decided to share two tasty treats. The first was a batch brew via the Moccamaster on the Guatemalan don Antonio, roasted by Fifth Battery Coffee Roasters via Brother Espresso. It’s colour was rich and dark and it provided smooth, easy drinking … with one bean impressed by its Toffee-esque flavours. Next up was a Kenyan Karagoto AA roasted by Mecca and prepared by using the Clever Coffee Dripper. It was a complete contrast to the Guatemalan, both in colour and flavour. It was more a honey colour and the delicate citrus flavours prompted one bean to remark, ‘I haven’t had my grapefruit juice this morning … Until now!’ The coffees couldn’t have been more different. It still amazes us how one commodity can bring so many distinct flavours. Independently we have enjoyed some wonderful milk based coffees at Pourboy, so it was wonderful to collectively experience their filtered options. So if you’re rushing around the city anywhere near Wharf St, slow your momentum and indulge yourself in delightful coffee with people who have a zest for preparing and serving it. Pourboy Espresso in the Brisbane CBD is another great reason to venture into the heart of Australia’s coffee capital.

reviewed The Tiller Coffee

63 reviews · 58 followers · 6 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit http://bit.ly/18EciPj Only at The Tiller Coffee at Alderley can you sit in a shipping container and watch trains pass through three mile scrub. Here you can catch the breeze and savour a cold drip coffee on a stinking hot Spring day. A tiller can be a lever used to turn a rudder and steer a boat, clever name given the shipping container. There is a beautiful hand crafted wooden table and bench to sit at in the courtyard which is currently under expansion. This is not just a quaint space for your takeaway coffee, Chris and Charlie provide plenty of coffee options and will soon offer food prepared in-house. The house blend named ‘Three Mile Scrub’ is referring to the neighbouring Newmarket located three miles from the city. Freshly shipped out of the Wolff Coffee Roasters roastery, Chris says he is privileged to be sending the Wolff to the burbs. Single origins are sourced from local and not so local roasters, so you can guarantee you get something different each time. Plenty of methods being tilled such as espresso, AeroPress, Chemex and homemade cold drip. So to the tasting, first up El Salvadorian cold drip to cool off a train station pilgrimage in trousers. On the nose chocolate stood up reminding us of Kahlua. In the mouth caramel and brownish fawn on the Uncle Joe’s colour scale. Shorty’s poured as ristretto’s on the Honduran Ovidio Gomez, one with a stain, one without also cruised to the table. These were sticky sweet and easy drinking, we could have easily had another. We had to move on though and requested the Chemex be warmed up and the house blend be ground up. The Three Mile Scrub house blend is a quartet of Kenyan, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Guatemalan and Brazilian beans. Served up as a long black we encountered our first ever HWOS (Hot Water On the Side). This way you can add as little or as much water as you like. What a great idea. Charlie says their blend is best as long black, unconventional… we love it. The Yirgacheffe shone through pleasing its consumer. Alderley locals made room for the Tiller Coffee and I bet they are glad they did. Specialty coffee in the burbs with a great outlook across the scrub should make anyone happy… if that doesn’t the hospitality will.

reviewed Nessun Dorma

63 reviews · 58 followers · 6 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit http://bit.ly/15oCd0q The striking colour scheme and decor are the first things that prepare your senses for the experience to come … And then the shiny 3 kg Has Garanti roasting the local blend … Mmmmm, what a smell. We were ushered to our table and the delightful Elijah introduced himself and was like our personal guide to the experience. Singles and blends to choose from … Three of us, three singles … Why not one each? With a description of the highlights of each origin, short blacks were our weapons of choice. The shorties were poured as ‘split’ double espressos, meaning we had a single shot. Elijah always pours double espressos through the monogrammed EXPOBAR and splits them so he can taste the shot to make sure it’s well extracted. Single 1. Kenyan Fortuna. Verdict: Really good … Smooth and definitely orange on the Uncle Joe’s colour scale but not a citrus. Single 2. Colombian. Verdict: Had a tangy bold ‘bite’ of coffee at the start and mellowed as it cooled. Single 3. PNG Kimmel. Verdict: YumfreakinO – creamy up front and a bright flavour at the finish. What an entrée! It was time for the Kenyan again … This time as a pour over … times 3. Orange was the colour of taste again but brighter than the espresso. The flavours intensified as the coffee cooled. Elijah conscientiously prepared the coffees and was very keen to discuss ideas and get feedback. He was keen to learn about the world of coffee, enjoys the science behind it and is working hard to develop his palate. This recent coffee roaster on the Brisbane scene brings Music to your taste buds. Just like Luciano Pavarotti hit the highest notes in the tenor range performing Nessun Dorma at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy … The coffee and service at Nessun Dorma at Yeronga hit some high notes with Bean Brewding in 2013.

reviewed Plantation Coffee Roasters

63 reviews · 58 followers · 6 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit http://bit.ly/1a2dyPo Plantation Coffee Roasters in West End is nestled away in the busy main strip … Somewhat low key and modest in appearance, a lot like its owner and roaster. As is often the case, one bean heads off as an advanced party to covertly scope out the upcoming venue. When the conversation turned to roasting and beans, the mild mannered host emerged from the coffee enthusiasm phone box as the transformed SupercoffeeMan. We chatted for ages and learned that Shaf created the signature blend for Shucked, before they switched to their current suppliers, which he has tweaked to create his house blend of Brazilian, Ugandan and Kenyan. With a 2 kg Has Garanti roaster off site, he regularly changes the single origin on offer, depending on what green beans are within reach and how whimsical he felt at roasting time. In essence he appears to revel in your delight of his coffee. Fast forward a few weeks and the 3 Brewders converged. We were serenaded by a local busker nearby as we waited for the door to be flung open. A new single origin and a new house blend greeted us … As well as a cheerful host! What to have? The coffee menu had Roost Coffee qualities about it. The single Brazil Daterra captured our attention and the La Marzocca extracted a latte, long black and a double double ristretto Shlong. Ahh the Shlong, not since Dandelion & Driftwood had the pleasure of the Shlong passed our lips. The Brazilian was punchy up front with a creamy mouthfeel that mellowed out at the finish. One bean was hoping for the single as a siphon but due to prep time, the siphon is saved for quieter times. At Plantation you’ll find simple decor, uncluttered surrounds and kind of a low key vibe … the coffee you’ll experience is anything but simple and low key. The blend was a real treat and the trinity provided the trio with a trifecta of grins. We found it difficult to sum up the coffee experience … Delightfully pleasant … Or pleasantly delightful? Try it and decide for yourself. Either way, Plantation coffee roasters in West End joins a long list of must visit places in the area.

reviewed Puk espresso

63 reviews · 58 followers · 6 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit http://bit.ly/1dFHC92 Puk Espresso is a quaint coffee shop in Kangaroo Point and the scene of our first ever re-review. So what’s new at Puk? The coffee? Well sort of … Don’t fret, the amazing blend still exists, it’s just undergone a cosmetic facelift. The brand of the signature blend has shifted from terrestrial to celestial – Green Cauldron has morphed to Moonshine. The Art Gallery, showcasing local artists, is technically a new addition since our first visit – although it played host to our inaugural coffee tour. Whilst waiting for our coffee order, a couple of double ristretto short blacks appeared as an aperitif – whoa they were tasty and showcased the blend of Aussie, Sumatran, Costa Rican and PNG beans. They were beautifully extracted through the naked group heads of the La Marzocca Linea and a wonderful way to start the day. As well as the shorty, we had the blend as a pour over, latte and long macchiatos. One thing is for sure, the ‘new’ Moonshine blend is versatile and works well as milk-based, black and filtered coffees. You can also have the blend as AeroPress and cold drip. Whichever method you like your coffee, you won’t be disappointed. The earthiness of the Australian grown bean in the blend was definitely apparent in the long Macchiatos. The pour over was mellow and showcased more of the fruitiness of the blend. Amazingly we had our first meal together at Shucked and a week or so later we were eating again! Puk has a modest and tasty breakfast menu to accompany the coffee delights. ‘More coffee?’ led to further conversation with Antonia and Brad about coffee and future plans. Although there is no single origin at present, there are plans to have a showcase month where coffees from around the world are available to taste. For example, in January to celebrate Australia Day, a Byron Bay grown single origin would be available. So what hasn’t changed since our first visit? The quality of the cup, the friendly service and the sense of oasis you feel under the canopy of the enveloping fig tree. The start of Puk’s URL is ilovepuk and in reality it’s hard to dispute. Sitting in the sunshine drinking Moonshine makes Puk Espresso a delightful coffee shop in Kangaroo Point.

reviewed Shucked

63 reviews · 58 followers · 6 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit http://bit.ly/169IuZm Although in the industrial area of Newstead, when you enter it feels more homey than factory. If the Brady Bunch shot an episode in their Grandma’s house, Shucked would be the perfect kitchen/lounge setting. The decor is funky yet unobtrusive. We were looking forward to the coffee. A local VW worker once told a Brewder, ‘its the best coffee anywhere around here mate’. A chat with the barista revealed that the Darkhorse house blend from Mecca Espresso was best suited to shorter coffees, so Latte Lad went straight for a piccolo. He thought it had decent strength, yet still smooth and tasty. The Colombian El Faldon sounded tasty and the short macchiato was beautifully extracted by the La Marzocca. The coffee provided a buttery body with a sweet aftertaste … and the necessary morning coffee hit. The Ethiopian, as a cold drip, provided a less acidic alternative start to the day. The light fruity flavours, typical of the origin were easy drinking and lived up to all the hype. We were swept up with the bustling brekky trade, as if by Alice in the Brady kitchen, and devoured some tasty treats to break our fast. the aroma of the long macchiatos on an Ethiopian single origin snapped us back into the wonderful world of coffee like a Peter Brady towel flick. Another delightfully fruity coffee beautifully delivered. We went with the barista’s recommendation and he didn’t let us down … tasty post brekky coffee. Like shucking husks off a green coffee bean, this was an easy place to while away the hours sipping and chatting. We definitely recommend getting Shucked. Whether it’s a brekky house with good coffee or a coffee shop in Newstead with good brekky … You’ll have to decide.

reviewed The Odyssey Project

63 reviews · 58 followers · 6 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit http://bit.ly/1dk84PU It turns out The Odyssey Project coffee roaster in Milton was inspired by Homer’s Odyssey, and possibly a tattoo! In reality, it represents the next step in the coffee journey for Grindhouse Specialty Coffee. The boys have been roasting at Milton since December, with the espresso bar opening in May. In many ways it reminded us of a mini Cup Roastery, not least the pleasure of sitting in an unpretentious environment and enjoying the coffee and the chat. The handmade counter built by Kenesi added to its charm. This is our kind of scene … oh yeah! The coffee options include espresso and filter. The South and Central Blend is part of the odyssey, although built on the PNG Kimmel as was the original Grindhouse blend, it has evolved by becoming a blend of 3 beans instead of 4. We enjoyed as lattes and it still offers that delightfully smooth tast with a hint of chocolate and raisins. A step into the pour over on the Finca Alaska (El Salvador) was another delight … they really are channeling Cup! We were so immersed in the experience we were distracted from taking notes, even mental ones (always our sign of a great coffee experience). In retrospect, it could be described as fruity and full-bodied. We have even less notes to offer on the Mexican Finca Kassandra enjoyed as doppios. When one Brewder asked, ‘How’s the Mexican?’ The response was simply, ‘Mmmmm’, in unison. High praise indeed! When the cups were drained there was a footnote – ‘it was syrupy in texture … I guess I should say, good viscosity.’ If you’re contemplating a project this weekend, then plan a coffee odyssey to Milton. The Odyssey Project will provide a big tick to your list on the fridge. Delightful coffee, laid back atmosphere and friendly staff … you might even get some carpentry tips. The Odyssey Project coffee roaster in Milton … it’s a TOP place to visit!

reviewed Esprosini

63 reviews · 58 followers · 6 years ago

For the full review and fabulous photos visit http://bit.ly/12dpcri We converged and found Esprosini at the front of a new industrial estate with an outdoor area leading to the coffee shop and the Roastmax roaster. Inside was like a fusion of Puk Espresso, because of the art gallery, and Bellissimo Coffee, because of the inconspicuous mezzanine level. With the hoppers void of single origins, we went for 3 long Macchiatos on the Out of Africa blend. The lure of beans from Burundi in the blend proved overwhelming. There was depth of flavour up front that mellowed out as it cooled. While we were discussing the next course, Mario arrived with two short macchiatos on a single origin from Cuba, grown in the mountain region of Provincia de Guantanamo. We didn’t have to order them, what great service! It was a winner – there was a subtle, earthy spiciness. As we were joking that our first Cuban was a coffee, Mario said that tobacco aromas were particularly apparent when the husks separated during roasting. We had to try the house blend – the Roastmaster’s Edition, as lattes. The blend works perfectly with milk – it was easy drinking. If you like milk-based coffee, then this blend will leave you happy. Esprosini is a coffee oasis in the industrial setting. The homeward detour to seek out this coffee roaster in Kelvin Grove, proved to be a stroke of genius.

reviewed Ltd espresso brew bar

63 reviews · 58 followers · 6 years ago

For the full review that contains fabulous photos visit the Bean Brewding blog post http://bit.ly/12f3KwJ Limited Espresso + Brew Bar is one of the many coffee shops in the Valley and rapidly growing in popularity. Open 7 days a week, it becomes a coffee sanctuary for those Sunday caffeine cravings. The first time we walked in, we were contemplating the coffee of choice, when Luke eagerly interjected with a useful question, ‘What do you feel like? Something hot or cold?’ The warm afternoon sun prompted the cold option. The cold offerings were explained and when the words ‘sparkling coffee’ passed Luke’s lips, it was an automatic choice. Hot on the heels of the ‘Matthew’ at Roost Coffee, the cold drip with San Pellegrino was a must try … wow! Could it be the most amazing iced black coffee ever? We also sampled the more familiar milk-based iced coffee in a bottle – also wonderful as it brought back fond memories of the iced coffee treat, its cousin from Cleanskin Coffee. Sitting at the brew bar felt like pulling up a stool at your local for beer and a chat. It did remind us of our experiences at the Cup Roastery bench. Perched high on the stools provided an intimate view of the coffee making process. Mocha mate’s eyes nearly popped out of his head when Luke brought over the espresso and created his mocha right in front of him. Chocolate powder was sprinkled over the crema and then the textured chocolate milk was added to produce an amazing looking mocha … our mate was impressed. He textures his chocolate and milk at home but the quality of Luke’s was anything but homemade. We also savoured a single origin from El Salvador as a V60 pour over that was brewed right in front of us. We watched the rise and fall of the grinds as the water passed through, as if it was breathing. The delicate flavours blossomed as time passed … the aroma and taste certainly breathed life into us. Luke makes a point of preparing coffees in front of the drinker, we think this improves the experience. It might be Limited by name but there is nothing limited about Luke’s passion for coffee and the taste of coffee he serves. Limited rotates Cleanskin Coffee Company blends 13, 14 and Saint and always has beans for white, espresso and filtered coffee at the ready. Don’t limit your coffee experiences, head to this coffee shop in the Valley and simply enjoy the coffee and the brew bar.

reviewed Roost

63 reviews · 58 followers · 6 years ago

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!

reviewed U&I Espresso

63 reviews · 58 followers · 6 years ago

For the full review that contains fabulous photos visit the Bean Brewding blog post http://bit.ly/11cjSiN Located on Waterworks Road on stop 16 of the city bus route, U&I is great for watching the world pass by. You can sit in the comfy lounge chairs or take yourself back to school and sit at the wooden pews – BYO tidy box. Looking around presents a cold drip apparatus, a siphon setup, yummy food in a display window and the WEGA Green Line – all good signs for a diverse coffee experience in a relaxed atmosphere. Sacha devised a plan for us to enjoy a triple tasting sensation. The Panama La Gloria single origin roasted by Dramanti, served cold dripped, through an AeroPress and an espresso. Sacha told us the bean got a cupping score of 84 which was information to stimulate the conversation. Exciting times! We had only ever had the same bean two different ways – at Cup Roastery and at Reverends Fine Coffee. First up was the cold drip, dripped for four hours then stored in the fridge for seven days. The roast was medium and made us think of a red-brown ochre colour. I think Mocha Mate may have mentioned hints of caramel… with more depth and flavour later in the mouth. It was smooth and syrupy in texture – a real pleaser for the cold drip crowd. Are you in the cold drip crowd? Check out http://bit.ly/UVasma Round two summoned the AeroPress and started us to compare notes on our AeroPress methods, timings and temperatures. Sacha delivered the Panama with fruity flavours – stone fruit came to mind. The flavour was lighter than the cold drip and made us think of orange as a colour. We were amazed that the cold drip and AeroPress seemed to taste the opposite to each other – triple tasting started to make sense. Round three got even better when Sacha asked ‘who wants to pour their own shots?’ We jumped out of the lounge chairs quicker than a 12th man off the bench. We were given the finer points of using the Mazzer, weighing the grind and the perfect tamp. We poured ourselves double ristretto’s which gave us rich fruity flavours that mellowed in the mouth and gave a creamy texture. Surprisingly Mocha Mate voted this as his favorite of the triple treat! The real treat, however, is being able to experience coffee prepared in different ways at a suburban coffee shop. U & I and everyone else should venture out to Ashgrove for a relaxed coffee treat. Sounds like a coffee chill spot. What's that? http://bit.ly/VJhUYX

reviewed Reverends Fine Coffee

63 reviews · 58 followers · 6 years ago

For the full review that contains fabulous photos visit the Bean Brewding blog post http://bit.ly/Xo49Mw There is a small area to sit as you enter the coffee shop – where you can sit on the church pew and prepare to pay homage to the coffee. There is also a larger, quieter area past the counter. The standout features are the exposed bricks, the black ceilings and the hanging lights. It feels like the kind of place an artist or poet might sit to draw inspiration. MM went for the 70% dark chocolate version on the house blend, aptly named Trinity, with the creamy Maleny milk. Upon his first sip he said, almost to himself, ‘that’s really good … yeah’. With brewed and filtered options available on beans roasted by Peter Wolff Roasters and Cup Specialty Coffee, there is a coffee option to please even the most zealot coffee connoisseur. We had long macchiatos on the Trinity blend that provided a bright and balanced taste on the palate. The Spirit espresso machine looked divine and with Nick at the helm, provided divine coffees. Reverends is certainly a bright coffee apparition on Brunswick Street. Our original indicator of good coffee spot was if we chose to have a second cup. On our first visit we asked, ‘Should we have another quick one before we go to work?’40 minutes later we were still there … our second visit was no different! Reverends could easily become one of our Top Coffee Chill Spots. Want to know what a Top Coffee Chill Spot is? Visit http://bit.ly/VJhUYX

reviewed The Single Guys

63 reviews · 58 followers · 6 years ago

For the full review that contains fabulous photos visit the Bean Brewding blog post http://bit.ly/UB24g6 The Single Guys is situated across the road from Kenmore State School on a busy roundabout. Just look for the stag. We met Ben who was former part owner of One Drop Specialty Coffee over a year ago. The Single Guys beans he imports directly, which Ben says cuts costs for cafes. Time for drinks. The V60 filtered El Salvador El Martillo was nicely presented in the V60 Range Server, the flavours were delicate and showcased The Single Guys passion for single origin roasting. They also offer iced coffees (black or white) made on the V60 that is filtered with cane sugar into ice cubes. The specially roasted Honduran delivered a refreshing and mellow drinking option. Mocha Mate went for the mocha on the House Blend that uses Bunker dark chocolate - another sweet marriage. The mocha was sublime and is top of the list for our next 'Best of' edition. What is our 'Best of' edition? Visit http://bit.ly/11PLRYB Second round of coffee was two doppios made on Costa Rica Finca La Union, Cerra Alto, honey processed. Ben explained honey processed is a method synonymous with Costa Rica which involves taking the pulp off and then naturally sun drying the beans without washing the fruity mucilage off. Costa Rican is usually a milder coffee and so this process gives a sweetness to improve it. The doppios got better with time and displayed a good smooth acidity, easy to drink and a pleasing sweet aftertaste.

reviewed The Woolloongabba Social Club

63 reviews · 58 followers · 6 years ago

For the full review that contains fabulous photos visit the Bean Brewding blog post http://bit.ly/SntVll Cup Coffee Roastery has an authentic industrial feel that is perfect for drinking specialty coffee in a roasting environment. The huge, and heavy counter was originally a saw bench on wheels and is a striking fixture along with the Slayer coffee machine that is calibrated for single origins and the La Marzocco Mistral is used for take-aways and the 5 Star Day blend. Once you have consumed the visual highlights of the roastery, the specialty coffee roasted on the 5 kilo Probat L5 roaster is the perfect consumption companion. What the eyes feast on, the tongue savours! Whether you like your coffee brewed or filtered, black or white, Cup Roastery has coffee that will delight. We have had long macchiatos on the Santa Clara from Guatemala, long blacks with hot milk on the side made on the 5 Star Day blend and mocha’s on Ethiopians. Each one provided a wonderful fusion of coffee beans, extraction and Maleny Milk. The long macchiatos were awesome – there was a fruity vibrancy to the coffee with a creaminess from the milk that delivered a coffee you could have time and time again. On our recent visit to the roastery, we sat at the saw bench counter and chatted with the baristas. It felt like a scene from the wild west saloon, we sidled up to the bar and chatted to barkeep while he polished the glasses … whoops polished off amazing latte art. No wonder he went to Korea for the World Latte Art championships! Back to the coffee … we had pour-overs on the Ethiopian (Yirgacheffe) Koke and El Salvadorian Alaska. This is also an art form – they meticulously weighed the coffee grinds and the water to ensure the best possible outcome for the drinker. The Yirgacheffe provided a fruity aroma and delivered amazing sweetness and brightness to the palette. The Alaskan was fruity and somehow tea like in flavour … thinking in Uncle Joe’s colour analogy, orange was the colour that came to mind. Using that colour to define a taste, we went for orange blossom tea! What is Uncle Joe's colour analogy? see http://bit.ly/SfmBUZ From the outside Cup Roastery is somewhat inconspicuous, so look for the massive Lattice factory sign on Balaclava Street and you’re there … pretty much. The new ‘Cup’ sign is being forged – literally – and will be along soon! Josh once said to us, ‘we never serve, or sell, anything unless it’s the best.’ And seriously, we have never been able to fault Cup on this promise. Whether you are in the Gabba or West End, you will enjoy impeccable coffee, time after time! In cricket parlance, there’s no ‘wrong-uns’ at the Gabba … Roastery!

reviewed The Coffee Laboratory

63 reviews · 58 followers · 7 years ago

From the outside, you get the feeling The Coffee Laboratory was a local store and in some respects, you still do … it is however, more of a ‘hidden Brisbane coffee gem’, as Mug Shots tweeted. Inside the treasure appears, there is an amazing array of historic paraphernalia … you can literally immerse yourself in the history of coffee roasting and brewing. It’s more like a coffee museum, than a laboratory. Having said that, the gas bottle hooked up to a roaster that looked like armour a shining knight might wear, gives the impression that a scientific genius is at work. There are 3 hoppers near the espresso machine with beans that were roasted on site – there were Colombian, Costa Rican and Kenyan single origins on offer. There is no house blend to speak of, you can choose your own blend and Jae mixes it by putting some grinds of your selections straight into the basket. Coffee purists may turn up their nose, but variety is the spice … or coffee … of life. You may not get the same thing twice but what an adventure! The blackboard promoted cold drip iced coffee … it was made on Costa Rican single origin dripped for 24 hours followed by 4-10 days in the fridge to develop the flavours. We had it black with sugar syrup on the side. It was shaken not stirred to provide a ‘head’ on the coffee – never seen that before.It provided a refreshing, bold coffee flavour that mellowed out nicely. With the sugar syrup it was almost like a coffee ‘cola’. Mocha mate sampled the mocha on a ‘bit’ of the Colombian and a ‘bit’ of the Costa Rican that provided a punchy start to his day. Jae was keen to get our opinion on the coffee and got more chatty as time went on. We decided to have long macchiatos on the Kenyan beans. Jae confirmed the choice as wise, and checked we were happy with the way she made long macch’s before getting underway. They were delivered in quirky cups and saucers. The coffee was bold and tasty, and the touch of milk seemed to enhance the black coffee. We were welcomed back anytime and as Jae said, ‘it’s a great place to have coffee meetings’ … and it is! Despite lots of people coming in and out, there was a sense of being in a quiet corner of a museum as we chatted and sipped. As well as the historical, there is plenty of contemporary coffee equipment, beans and things to buy. There is even Kopi Luwak in some resin to view … a Kellogg’s LCM comes to mind! Although there are mixed reports on The Coffee Laboratory, it is really one of those places you need to experience for yourself … experiment with what they have to offer and make up your own mind. Definitely worth a visit. http://beanbrewding.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/the-coffee-laboratory-kelvin-grove/

reviewed Fonzie Abbott Espresso

63 reviews · 58 followers · 7 years ago

Fonzie Abbott Espresso is one of those places that seem to transport you away from the mundane, even though it is located on the busy Racecourse Rd. The small ‘deck’ out the front provides the opportunity to look beyond the busyness to the blossoming poincianas and other places free from worry. The rustic timber decor gives the feel of Costa Rica … or Cuba. The Giesen Roaster looks like a character out of ‘Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends’ and sits inconspicuously inside, steaming into action every Wednesday to roast the Fonzie Abbot beans. The friendly staff said, ‘the smell of roasting coffee brings people out of the woodwork to converge on the cafe.’ It’s like when you smell onions on the BBQ, you can’t resist heading to the source and getting a burger. There is a great choice of beans – a single origin, a weekly blend and a seasonal blend. It was time for the WEGA to take over from the Giesen – we decided on 2 long macchiatos on the Brazilian Royal Reserve. And a Mocha on the weekly blend. Just as we were confirming the order, and whose shout, the barista repeated our order and said, ‘stay there, I’ll bring them out.’ Nice one! The macchiatos were chocolatey – a bold and velvety coffee that smoothed out nicely. We were still enjoying the coffee long after the cups were drained. The mocha was one of the richest in flavour we’ve consumed – the blend of Nicaraguan and Costa Rican offered strong chocolate flavours with a full-blooded South American coffee taste. With all the buzz around iced coffee, we then went for one black and one milk Fonzie Abbott version which is an espresso of your preferred blend. It is then shaken with ice, a hint of vanilla and sugar – ‘cocktail’ style. We went with the weekly blend, whilst a doppio on the Brazilian was the hot ‘shot’ on this round. The milk version was probably the pick of the two. When you’ve had cold drip or cold brew, there is level of flavour and enjoyment you get that cold espressos seem unable to capture. Having said that, if you have never had a black iced coffee, it would be a good entrée to ease you into the world of cold black coffee. The doppio was fantastic and just like coffees from our first round provided an abundance of rich and smooth flavours. You can buy Fonzie Abbott beans from the cafe or next door at Vagelis, where the distinctive rooster on the packaging resides, which itself is also distinctive. We thought Fonzie Abbott might be the name of the rooster but it’s the owners alter ego. The rooster is also spreading its wings and heading for a second location – word on the street is the street is Brunswick Street. It will be another wonderful addition to the Valley coffee scene. Whatever the street, Fonzie Abbott is a must do coffee experience. http://beanbrewding.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/fonzie-abbott-espresso-hamilton/

reviewed Dancing Bean Espresso (Banyo)

63 reviews · 58 followers · 7 years ago

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/

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