Visiting different coffee shops each day is something that can be a challenge at times. For two particular reasons for me in the more recent future. The first is that to find a cafe I have not visited that I want to visit I have to travel some distance now. The second reason is that this has become somewhat challenging with some ongoing car problems. The car problems are more of an annoyance for the most part, but they do also make life kind of difficult.
Through this period I have come to realise there are two different sorts of cafes for me. The first is the cafes that I visit once or maybe twice. While they are often nice, there is not anything that they are doing outstanding that makes me think I need to go back here.
The second is the cafes that I feel comfortable in, either space wise or because I know I am going to be more than happy with the coffee. When I get a coffee I like to take a photo and spend 30 or so minutes doing a little work. So when the cafe is small I feel uncomfortable taking up a seat someone else could use. When it comes to the coffee I like to enjoy exceptional coffee. While most of what I experience is good coffee, and I like it, I am finding more and more that I move away from some particular coffees.
I have found myself gravitating to a smaller handful of cafes that I feel comfortable in closer to home. Partly as I have spent more than a few days getting around purely on the bike. But also partly because I just want to get some work done without feeling like I need to vacate the table for other customers.
Either way, I think that everyone has their reason for visiting the cafes that they do. Sometimes it is the space, sometimes it is the coffee and sometimes it is the people. Most importantly is that you enjoy where you get your coffee. So it is time to get into the spots I shared this week, and I do have a couple of favourites in here.
Monday, 19th March 2018
B + C Lab Cafe
Location – 31 Musk Street, Kelvin Grove, QLD
Coffee – Five Senses
B + C Lab Coffee is a spot that came to my attention through Instagram. I watched I think from when they opened and planned to find time to get over to the area to check them out. It was worth the trip to enjoy some coffee here from Five Senses and the nice atmosphere in the cafe. While I did see some rather interesting looking layered cakes in the cabinet I was a little early to eat so had to pass (I follow an intermittent fasting plan).
Tuesday, 20th March 2018
Location – Westfield Carindale, 1151 Creek Rd, Carindale QLD
Coffee – Own Blend
I am a very regular visitor to the Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre and pass all the cafes in the centre frequently. However, I have not yet visited them all, but I decided to stop and try the coffee at Passiontree Velvet one morning. I am not sure who exactly roasts the coffee, and while I enjoyed it, there are other options if you are looking for a coffee. Kind of what I spoke about in the introduction, it is coffee, but maybe it is more suited to milk coffees.
Wednesday, 21st March 2018
Location – 75 Cambridge Parade, Manly, QLD
One morning out and about in the Manly area and I decided to try a new little spot that had opened for coffee. Le Bistro is part of the Place Real Estate Office and has a rather nice look to it. I don’t think you can normally sit inside, but over the warm weeks of summer they seemed to be making an exception. A nice cup of coffee, but somehow I forgot to stop and find out just who roasts the beans.
Thursday, 22nd March 2018
Location – 160 Brisbane Street, Ipswich, QLD
Coffee – Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters
There is a small story behind visiting this cafe, which begins with it being just the second cafe I have visited in Ipswich. However, the name of the cafe is not what I was expecting. It turns out that the cafe had recently changed owners and Google Maps was not yet updated. So it was only after the fact when we were sitting here that I realised it was now called Tighty Whities and not Nourish Real Food Cafe. Either way I was happy with the coffee from Toby’s Estate, a roaster that I enjoy drinking, but do not come across quite so often.
Friday, 23rd March 2018
Frankee & Co.
Location – 5/63-65 Springwood Rd, Springwood QLD
Coffee – Bear Bones Specialty Coffee
On the day that I visited Frankee & Co, there was something that must have been leading me here. I had planned to visit a different coffee shop and for some reason decided to take a different route and end up here instead. There was something pulling me here though as it turned out that as I walked to the counter a friend was behind the counter serving. It was nice to catch up, just unfortunate it was through serving me coffee instead of sharing coffee. The coffee here is quite good as well and comes from a favourite of mine Bear Bones Specialty Coffee
Saturday, 24th March 2018
Dramanti Artisan Roaster
Location – 3/471 Lytton Road, Morningside, QLD
Coffee – In-house Roasting
When it comes to local coffee roasters, Dramanti Artisan Roaster is right up here at the top of my list. They have some great coffee on offer and the best place to get it is right here at their roastery cafe in Morningside. Having visited quite a number of times I keep going back to the nice ambience and the friendly faces. The coffee is very good as well with a rotating selection of single origins alongside their Tingal Blend.
Sunday, 25th March 2018
Location – 59 Brooke St, Rocklea, QLD
Coffee – Veneziano
I don’t know if it was intended this way but I am going to with the pun anyway that Sundays and are meant for Sundays Cafe. It was a Sunday that I visited and found out that they had only been open two and half weeks. The cafe is the newest addition to the collective of cafes that are operated by Venzin Group across Brisbane. When it comes to the coffee they have Veneziano and it tasted quite good. Plus you might just catch that brownie in the corner of the photo it was also delicious.
I hope that you have enjoyed this little look at my week of coffee. If there is a cafe that you think I might like to visit why not let me know about it in the comments below.