Tamborine Mountain is more than just a place to catch pretty views. Last month, our cafe internship team was able to take a trip to Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation to learn more about coffee farming and the bean to cup process. Before going on the plantation tour, we were able to sit at the cafe and enjoy delicious coffee and baked goods. Their Australian-Grown tasting board featured their award-winning coffee beans in 4 forms (flat white, espresso, batch brew, and cascara) each with a smooth taste that delighted us with every sip. The cafe boasts a friendly and engaging staff along with delicious home-baked pastries making this place a must try for anyone looking to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city.
After enjoying our time at the cafe, we joined the plantation tour to learn more about the process of roasting and brewing coffee beans. The tour was informative and entertaining with a walk through the coffee trees and a tour of their roastery. During harvest season, the plantation opens up for volunteers who are willing to spend the day picking coffee beans from the trees for a more hands on experience. The tour ended with a coffee tasting that didn’t disappoint. Overall, we highly recommend this experience for anyone wanting to learn more about what goes into their favorite cuppa.
For more information, visit Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation
The Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters, located in the modern, but also post-industrial Brisbane Suburb of Albion, is a little slice of coffee heaven! Located just three stops from Central Station, and maybe a 10 minute bus ride, Albion is a hub for coffee shops, and this one stands out!
All the cafes in the area are hole-in-the-wall gems, but this one quite literally stands out by being green, bright, and friendly. They have a welcoming location, with greenery aplenty, open air seating(helpful for a chilly Saturday Morning), and a beautiful assortment of coffee, treats, and teas as well! They sell their beans and gear off to the side, and showcase their menu up front.
One of the exciting parts of their menu was nitro coffee. A drink growing in popularity around the world: nitro coffee is a delicious, on-tap, mix of cold brew coffee and nitrogen. This creates a smooth, almost silky coffee, with a layer of almost cream at the top. (Which they nicely explain on the menu,
so you aren't surprised by it.)
The barista in me immediately wanted to try this new phenomenon! And it was pleasantly smooth! The flavors were bold, and yet simple, and easy to recognise! I can 100% recommend this coffee, as well as this cafe as well!
If you're in the area, or feel like going to way too many coffee shops in one morning, check out the Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters in Albion, and all the other amazing cafes in the area!
Blackwood Cafe and Espresso Bar
The Elixir of a good afternoon!
Whatever your ingredients are for a good afternoon, you can quite probably find them in this modern, family friendly cafe named after Blackwood Street.
Blackwood Cafe and Espresso Bar has a wide variety of delicious offerings, both in food and drink. If you're looking for something sweet before noon, this is a great place to have delicious waffles topped with treats like Nutella, whipped cream and strawberries. Aside from coffee and tea, they can also blend up smoothies, frappes and milkshakes to sip and enjoy in their beautifully arranged outside area, or take with you on the go!
A welcoming atmosphere and kind service are guaranteed: They are understanding of special wishes for your order, and as an English second language speaker, I tested their patience a bit with a very positive result: Kindness!
I’ve been there a couple times now and the service and quality of the drink is always great.
Blackwood Café and Espresso Bar serves some phenomenal all-day breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner. It's well suited both for meeting up with friends and for sitting down to get some work done. Stop in and see for yourself!
Written by Alyssa Telecky
Community on the Corner
Artistic and welcoming, Two Charming Finches cafe sits next to the train station on Blackwood street in our little suburb of Mitchelton. If you’re looking for a comfortable spot for a meeting, study spot, or casual conversation, this spot is a lovely option. A selection of beverages and brunch foods are offered, in a trendy yet family friendly atmosphere. The owner, Mia, of New South Wales, opened the cafe in December 2017.
The cafe’s vintage vibe is comfortable and well put-together; mustard yellow chairs around simple wooden tables, simple art and greenery stand out against the dark wood floors and white walls. Small plants in colorfully painted pots line the railing of the patio outside, simple vines wind around the ceiling beams and colorful furniture invites you to relax and enjoy a quiet morning cuppa.
The coffee served at Two Charming Finches is a blend from Wolff Coffee Roasters: a mix of Brazilian, Guatemalan, and Mexican beans. The soy flat white I ordered arrived with latte art--a small heart (but I observed the barista creating more detailed rosettas as well). Not a coffee fan? Milkshakes, juices, soft drinks, and tea are offered as well. Pastries are fresh and warm in the early morning and served promptly on colorful dishes. For those who prefer vegan and gluten free options, there are multiple choices: I can recommend the blueberry-chia muffin and banana bread.
Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, a restroom out back, and free wifi are conveniently provided during open hours, 6:30am-2pm on weekdays, and 7am-2pm on weekends (the cafe is closed every Tuesday). The prices are very reasonable. A shelf in the corner holds children’s books and toys with a couch and coffee table near by for families who stop in.
Care for the environment and the community is evident at Two Charming Finches (even the cafe’s name represents the owner’s love of animals and nature). Mia and the staff appear well-acquainted with the community, addressing many customers (including myself) by name. Bringing a personal takeaway mug is recommended to lessen waste, and a discount is given for those who do. A local middle-schooler’s drawings are featured and sold on a shelf inside. The cafe’s active Instagram page advertises that there will be a Jumble Sale in June with proceeds benefiting brain cancer research, in memory of Mia’s sister. “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about getting there and dancing in the rain,” is some encouragement written on the wall behind the front counter. From businessmen to young families, the people of this neighborhood will find their experience at the corner cafe to be a positive one.
Two Charming Finches is definitely an addition worth welcoming to the community of Mitchelton with its air of both playful creativity and genuine care for the world. I have highly enjoyed each of my visits to Two Charming Finches, and would recommend it to anyone who finds themselves on Blackwood Street in need of a smile and some quality caffeination.
Brisbane Cafe Review: Scout
Written by Sophie Greve
Take a stroll on a Saturday morning through Roma Street Parkland, and you’ll find a corner cafe brightly muraled with a goat and a brekky bagel. You’ll also most likely find a small crowd waiting outside for a table at the neighborhood favorite, but believe me, the wait is well worth it.
Scout is about as hipster of a cafe as you’ll find. The menu is filled with unique tonics, fresh juices, and quality coffees. Peek at the food menu and you’ll find an ample amount of avocado and interesting names for garnishes. The cafe itself is decorated with mismatched tables and art, and features goods from local artists to purchase. Of course, there’s some hanging plants too, because can you even call it a cafe these days if it doesn’t have some good plant life?
If it’s all sounding a little pretentious, have no fear: Scout balances it all with an authentic and down-to-earth atmosphere. Paired with the rustic design and amazing scents, you feel immediately at home, as if you just stepped into some kind French grandmothers home. The staff is incredibly helpful and friendly, and it’s evident that they enjoy working at Scout.
The only downside of Scout is the struggle you’ll face trying to decide what to order, so if you find yourself gaping at the menu, here’s a few suggestions:
So next time your friend hits you up for some laid-back brunch, head to this lovely cafe where they serve it all day. You won’t leave disappointed, and you definitely won't leave hungry. I swear it on scouts honor.
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