Reviews

reviewed Carte Blanche Espresso

116 reviews · 2 years ago

I remember going to this cafe under the previous ownership. When I read that it had new owners I wanted to check it out. Firstly it's good to see that little local cafes like this are being patronised. Well it is definitely a new cafe and you can feel it when you walk inside. Friendly and inviting is the best way to describe it. Seeing the Bellissimo bags of coffee tells you that they have a fine taste for local awarding winning coffee. Great sign. Lots of great seating inside and they have a nice little menu if you're feeling peckish. We grabbed a piccolo, latte and a Nan's Lattice. The filling in that slice matched the coffees perfectly. Great service too. This is the type of place to meet a friend and bring someone with you to catch up. It's hidden in the back streets but it is well worth the effort to find it. Add it in your GPS and enjoy.

reviewed Fuel

116 reviews · 2 years ago

I am not a Townsville local but I have already been to this place twice. It is a very unassuming place that you wouldn't expect to find so close to the airport. Outside it looks more like a roadside food stop, once you step inside and feast your eyes on their vintage Bezzera you know that this place must take their coffee with a dose of pride. Always a good sign. I have had two espressos from the here, now this isn't really a cafe where you can park yourself for a couple of hours and solve global issues. It's quick stop, almost 'hole in the wall' type of place. Now to the coffee, very European taste here. Slight caramel with a slight bitterness to it also. If you prefer mild coffees order a milk based one and throw in a sugar. For me though I like the taste. Check it out when you are in Townsville.

reviewed That Joint Espresso Bar

116 reviews · 3 years ago

This cafe is a cosy "hole in the wall" set up that has a few things that make it unique. Remember the days when audio speakers were big with a wood finish? Well That Joint has a couple of them on the wall that look at you when you walk in. Like a bit of art with your coffee? Well when we were there, a series of local photographs were gracing the wall. Forget Instagram, these pics were good. The coffee has a nice Latin caramel tone to it with a crema that stayed on your lips. A fresh roast indeed. If you're in Rockhampton and you want good coffee, search for this place.

reviewed Fitch Espresso

116 reviews · 3 years ago

I like it when you find a cafe and they put in the effort with a cool logo to match the name. Hand printed take away cups along with their own cold latte brewed coffee and you can tell you're in good hands. I stopped by this cafe in the arvo for an espresso. Tucked away in a Newstead street away from the crowds, this isn't a place where you can while away an hour with a coffee and people browsing. It's simple, order a coffee, enjoy it and be on your way. In saying that, the barista was quite friendly and did make us feel welcome and chatted with us. Two espressos were ordered, strong syrup notes almost floral, really opens your eyes. They were served at the right temp and a perfect finish for a lunch.

reviewed Campos Roastery and Espresso Bar

116 reviews · 3 years ago

If you're a Brisbane local from way back, you might remember when the streets where this cafe is were just light industrial factories and warehouses. If you worked in the area, a snack bar was your best chance at a coffee. Anyway, enough of the history lesson. This is a 'hole in the wall' cafe that looks like a lot of the other ones with the coffee sacks on the walls and the small tables so that you're inclined to get back to work rather than spend time there. They serve Campos so you have good expectations about your coffee. I ordered a piccolo. Their coffee is made to go with milk, I like the piccolo so that I can taste more of the malty toast notes in the coffee. Not too over powering but more mellow.

reviewed CHNO Espresso

116 reviews · 3 years ago

One thing I like about walking into a roasting house cafe is being able to sample a fresh roast. That is one of the attributes about this place. [I think this place has renamed the cafe as CHNO find them on Facebook and Instagram]. The cafe has an open and inviting feel. Whilst you enjoy your coffee you can see the team complete a roast, service or restore and old machine. If you want to enjoy your coffee in comfort you can sink back into one of the many lounges too. I like the quality of the coffee here and depending on the day you will get to choose some new beans for your brew. They had a good Cuban roast happening when I was there. My espresso had a nice caramel aroma to it and some toffee tones in the after taste. Well worth it. Parking can be tight around there but it is worth it. On Friday at lunch time the bring out the BBQ for a home cooked feast. A place that is like no other around that part of town.

reviewed Merlo Coorparoo

116 reviews · 3 years ago

Being a person that isn't scared to drink a coffee after 1:30pm I do like how this cafe is open into the afternoon. On this day I got myself a piccolo. Friendly staff and good service add to the atmosphere. With a wall of coffee machines and gadgets to look at and a selection of newspapers these are some things to help you enjoy the coffee. A great place for an arvo coffee.

reviewed Moose and Gibson

116 reviews · 3 years ago

Moose and Gibson springs up on you and the first thing I saw was the big group of people. It's between the Logan Road antique and restaurant precinct and Balaclava St. Rock up and wait to be seated. Looking around and the food did look quite inviting but I was there to taste the brew. Got a stool at the bar and a paper and my espresso got delivered pretty soon after. Based on everything you see, you can tell that this place takes pride in everything they do. Two Seasons is their beans of choice. Mild in taste with no hints of dark roast of bitterness. An espresso shot of this won't knock you out of your chair but it's pleasant. Great atmosphere and good service, match the coffee. I must admit I do want to go back and try the food.

reviewed Bean Beat

116 reviews · 3 years ago

I like the challenge of finding a good cafe when I arrive in a town that I've never been to. Bean Beat is a small cafe with that 'hole in the wall' feel that means it attracts the customers that like the good coffee. Inside you find a cabinet with some cakes and pastries but the coffee here is the strong point. I ordered a piccolo. The milk was smooth and at the right temp, it brought out some nice sweet caramel notes in the coffee. Get yourself to the Bean Beat if you're in Hervey Bay and are looking for a good caffeine fix.

reviewed Lady Marmalade

116 reviews · 3 years ago

Drive along Logan Road at Stones Corner any time after 9am on a weekend and you can see a decent crowd enjoying the delights of Lady Marmalade. When you stand the counter to order you get a good view of the food on display. It looks fresh, enticing and very tasty. Looking at an old sign on the front of the shop, this venue used to be a 'bird shop' once upon a time. The animal theme still lives on with the table markers being little toy animals - cool touch. The team here use Genovese coffee which goes nicely with full cream milk. Not strong on the caramel taste but some sweet tones at the start. Very nice coffee.

reviewed ESPL

116 reviews · 3 years ago

For a long time Surfers Paradise had been a waste land if your were looking for a good coffee. In the new Soul development ESPL is a sleek little coffee stop. There isn't much in the way of shop seating but you can grab your coffee and walk to the beach for a great view. It has a subtle aroma and slight earthy tones. A very nice coffee and well worth a repeat visit.

reviewed Dramanti Artisan Roaster

116 reviews · 3 years ago

On first impressions you can describe this cafe as 'secluded' and the danger that presents is that you want to keep it to yourself. However, the coffee here is something that needs to be shared. You will find it at the back of a group of shops on Tingal Road, Wynnum. Backing on to a train line, you will forget the sounds of the railway once you're inside as it has a good feel of industrial art and retro furniture but the real stand out here is the coffee. I had a piccolo and it was smooth from start to finish. The coffee is sweet and has a chocolate tones throughout which pairs it nicely with milk coffees.

reviewed The Sweatshop

116 reviews · 4 years ago

Townsville is really getting a cosmopolitan pulse and places like The Sweatshop are adding to this. With a decor that could fit in any cafe enclave around the country The Sweatshop has really added a cafe destination to Townsville. Friendly baristas and walls of local art create a welcome ambience. The coffee has slight toasty caramel tastes to it and the milk was well made. A place that will make you return.

reviewed Canvas

116 reviews · 4 years ago

Canvas has the look that matches its beach location. Bright colours and an airy feel. It looked like a nice place to grab a quick coffee. The prices stumped me (2 espressos = $7...steep). They arrived and the crema has a nice caramel colour and was quite viscous. The taste was sublime. At the start you can sense some stone fruit and it becomes quite aromatic as you drink it with a subtle citrus note. Canvas is gift shop, art space, part acoustic music venue and cafe all in one. It's good to see they deliver a quality coffee.

reviewed re:hab (Cairns)

116 reviews · 4 years ago

Cairns is a nice place to wake up in. After a walk to stretch the legs on along the foreshore I needed a coffee... a good one. So I started a search for a coffee haunt and not a 'snack bar' with a coffee machine. Walking toward Rehab I could see this was looking good. Fake grass lines their foot path area with a little bench and a couple of tables to enjoy your coffee at. Inside there is some moody dark tones and complimenting artworks. The coffee was a stand out not too dark on the roast but it had some nice tobacco hints to it. The latte art was some the best I've seen. If you're in the tropics try them out. I didn't eat but the food also looked delicious.

reviewed 3 Beans 24hour Cafe

116 reviews · 4 years ago

Amongst the restaurants of Surf Parade is 3 Beans. It's a great little cafe to almost escape to. Different from the other big places along that strip, coffee is the main staple here. Merlo is on offer and they do a good job. My milk was a little too warm for me but nothing a little wait can't fix.

reviewed Cafe Bouqiniste

116 reviews · 4 years ago

Do you love coffee and books? Do you prefer an old corner shop to 7-11? Do you miss old school desks and all the stuff you used to find at Nannas house? If you answered yes to all the above you will adore Cafe Bouqiniste on Merthyr Roadnin New Farm. This place oozes charm, it's cozy and has an immediate neighborhood feel about it. I stopped here on the way to another meeting and didn't want to leave. Sit back with a coffee inside with all the books (it's part book shop) or in the courtyard and watch street life. The coffee here is Merlo and was pretty mild in flavor so it is probably one of their lighter blends. That said it was served at the perfect temp. I will have to come back one day and try a latte they seem to be the popular choice here.

reviewed Outer Space Espresso

116 reviews · 4 years ago

This cafe may take a little searching to find and it could be difficult to snatch a park around here during the week, but if you get the chance, Outer Space is a great find. Serving Toby's Estate they also have a range of well sourced food items, but one of the greatest attractions of this cafe is its design. I have never seen a coffee courtyard like this, it's modern, stylish and inviting. You won't want to leave. We ordered cappucinos and the Toby's Estate blend worked perfectly with them. Smooth all over and no real robust taste to it. Great service with a smile and you can see how they have a constant local clientele, they told me that they soon will be open on weekends so keep an eye out for that.

reviewed Espresso One Eleven

116 reviews · 4 years ago

The newest addition to Brisbane's skyline 111 Eagle Street has its own cafe. The striking exterior architecture of this building lead to a very stylish interior. The cafe is quite sleek and modern and I guess it matches may of the blue chip companies that call this building home. The coffee served is Allpress and I have always found this coffee to be a little weak and more suited to the coffee drinker that is frightened that one coffee will keep them up past 7:30pm. Regardless I ordered an espresso because I didn't want the taste to be diluted. It was a very light coffee taste and almost flowery in its tones. The temperature was spot on and I agree with the previous review that the spoons are quite unique and the chairs were out of a magazine and the rug was the deepest shag pile ever. It does have that corporate executive feel to it so if you need a serious coffee fix, you may have to search out another haunt.

reviewed Little Cove Coffee Co

116 reviews · 4 years ago

I was early for a seminar and seeing this place on the way there I decided to park and get a coffee so as to avoid the 'fence paint' that would be on offer at the hotel. I was expected a lot once I walked in and I was NOT disappointed. One of the great qualities when you walk into a cafe, the baristas listen to what you want and they were knowledgeable which is always a great addition for a horrendous coffee snob like me. I love going to places that roast their own because I feel the personality of the people comes through in the brew. Here it was nice. Beans from Tanzania and it was a nice toasty rich taste that came through in the piccolo. I have to admit now I am looking for excuses to go back to the Sunshine Coast so that I can visit this gem.

reviewed Spanakopita

116 reviews · 4 years ago

Do like a fix of Greek sweets? If you answered yes, this is your dream destination. Different types of baklava and other Greek delicacies make this place a stand out from anything else in the area. Whilst it is a commercial kitchen they do have a nice little cafe element to this business and some great artworks that adorn the walls. The coffee is Belaroma and goes well with milk and definitely compliments their range of sweets. The staff are friendly, polite and professional. It's a place that makes you feel welcome once you walk through the door.

reviewed Double Shot New Farm

116 reviews · 4 years ago

This cafe takes you by surprise as you travel along looking at the nice homes on Oxlade Drive. Small an cosy it makes a good use of its space and incorporates the footpath and outdoor area well. You get the feeling that food is the main aim of this place. We had breakfast and the focus is on fine tastes and simplicity. The coffee is quite mellow without any real strong flavour to it. I did have a piccolo so the milk would have clouded any taste that was there. It's a nice place to catch up with a friend but not many of them as this place is tight in space.

reviewed Lady Lamington

116 reviews · 4 years ago

This place was once an art gallery underneath an old church on Brunswick Street in Fortitude Valley and it has undergone a lovely transformation. Walking in and your immediate thoughts are that you have just stumbled into an English lawn party. White chairs and table bounce off the light and provide an open and bright feeling to this cafe. No grungy concert posters rather a stack of verve logos feature in this place. Friendly and attentive service, they saw me with an iPad and immediately offered use of their wifi, which worked with no problem. Their coffee is Black Sheep and this is a fine drop. Caramel and toasty flavours throughout this coffee is made to go with full cream milk. They are a good match. My piccolo was served with a little hand made lamington, great touch and very tasty. I will have to come back for breakfast.

reviewed Ashton and Old

116 reviews · 4 years ago

A new little cafe / eatery that has moved into a nice line of shops in Camp Hill. Access and parking is good for this venue and they have in door and footpath seating. The coffee is from Veneziano in West End and is a dark roast and in it you can sense some chocolate tones and some tobacco after tastes. The milk was a little hot in our coffees but you get that in a lot of places and I guess it forces you to sip and savour it over time. A nice little suburban cafe giving some different items on the menu. It's worth a visit.

reviewed Sourced Grocer

116 reviews · 4 years ago

Sometimes the aroma of a coffee is slightly different to the taste sensation that it gives you. At the Sourced Grocer I tried two piccolos just to make sure. The aroma at the start gives toasty almost fruity smells. The coffee has a smoothness to it, the after taste has a smoky flavour that lingers and makes this coffee unique. It goes perfectly with the Maleny Milk that they use. The Sourced Grocer is a great meeting place where you all sit together on either a communal table, a communal bench or if it is really packed sit down on the stairs and enjoy the atmosphere. Good conversion of a little warehouse space in Teneriffe.

reviewed Cuppa' Ccinos

116 reviews · 4 years ago

You know when you see a Campos sign on the footpath you're heading for a good spot. At Cuppa Ccinos you can tell that it's all about the coffee and they don't disappoint. I was in a hurry and got an espresso. Small and slightly tucked back from the street you could almost describe this place as cute but it is easy to see how they have a regular following. This small shop does have a bit of atmosphere up it's sleeve. Probably not the spot to meet a big group of friends but the place to sneak away to for a good coffee.

reviewed Urban Grind

116 reviews · 4 years ago

This cafe has a great name and is located on a nice spot on Latrobe Terrace near the galleries and cool shops. It brings this sort of atmosphere inside with some nice artwork for sale on the walls and a minimalist feel with their furnishings. The Elektra coffee machine sits proudly on their counter getting the respect it deserves for the great coffee it produces. The short black had a nice roundness to the flavour with a little savory almost bitter note at the end. Polite and friendly staff make this place one of Paddington's best.

reviewed Ruby's Cafe

116 reviews · 4 years ago

I stopped in here recently for a breakfast meeting. I like seeing a breakfast menu that doesn't just the standard fare you find every where else. The food was great. Well presented and tasted 9/10. The coffee is Vittoria and it has that nice dark slightly bitter taste to it. A good place if you are in the mood for an Italian espresso. Classy interior it has a high set bar that would be perfect if you are in the area for an Italian style stand up espresso and walk on. Otherwise if you want to sit and chat with a friend this place fits the bill.

reviewed Piccolo Espresso

116 reviews · 4 years ago

Located on a nice part of the Gold Coast, Piccolo is a place to grab a coffee and watch some waves. A great stop if you are going for a beach walk. Staff are friendly and it attracts quite a few people. Serving Merlo coffee they have a welcoming decor and it is a nice place to read the paper and soak up the sea breezes.