Coffee was the story of the today, it’s the second highest traded commodity in the world and in Brisbane the scene is exploding with boutique brewers, roasters and happy buzzing customers.
It wasn’t the original plan but rainy weather meant my other shoot was cancelled so I had to fill the day with another story. It was early, coffee was on my mind, the team in the office also had plenty of suggestions when it came to Brissy’s best brew- Jaimies Espresso Bar off James st in New Farm, Campos, Sisco at Albion, Pearl at the Gabba. So coffee it was but where haven’t we been?
I decided to focus on the north side of the river and hit the jackpot with Dandilion and Driftwood at Hendra. This place was amazing and exactly what I was after. Boutique, specialty coffee, people with a passion for what they do, a taste for quality and extensive knowledge of their craft. They even roast their own beans at Wolff Coffee Roasters in Bayno, sourcing beans from all over the world!
Owners Peter and Penny Wolff are industry leaders having been consumed with coffee for decades they are like an espresso encyclopaedia and Penny is also an international coffee judge.
Needless to say Dandilion and Driftwood produce an amazing drop with blends and single origin coffee as well as cold drip and my favourite the siphon brew- a traditional Japanese method which looks more like a science experiment with beakers, burners and a precise process that delivers an amazingly smooth and light coffee that’s made to be sipped slowly and left black (more tea coloured but you get what I mean, without milk). Yum!
If you like coffee, go here, enough said!
Posing with Penny from Dandelion and Driftwood for a pic for social media, supposedly very important in the coffee world so if you are interested you can jump on their facebook and see more of what they get up to.
We also uncovered some hidden treasures brewing boutique beans like Bunker. Look past the vines and into an old 1940s bunker on Railway tce in Milton to find not only great coffee but delicious hot chocolate (you need to pick up a take home pack)! They also custom make bottled iced coffee, and yes even soy iced coffee (rejoice).
Another hidden spot we featured, known to Toowong locals, is tucked away on Bent Street around the side of an hundred year old general store building called ‘Nowhere’. Nowhere Espresso is somewhere to visit if you are a fan of white coffee but don’t do milk, or soy. It’s no extra for a rice or almond milk cappuccino. It’s old school service with a smile so if your in the area or just after a good coffee and a friendly face drop by and see Erin and Denise- they also have a brilliant homewares store next door in the old general store that’s definitely work a bo-peep.
Some great people, tasty treats and uncovered gems, just another day in the office!
Dandelion and Driftwood: 1/45 Gerler Rd Hendra QLD 4011, Australia 07 3868 4559
Bunker Coffee: 21 Railway Terrace Milton QLD 4064, Australia 0422 124 767
Nowhere Espresso: 8 Bent Street, Toowong QLD 4066, Australia 07 3161 5341