Bunker really was a bunker during World War II, and then a car garage. Now it’s one of Brisbane’s most offbeat little coffee holes.
While nearby Park Road is the Brisbane version of a pleasant inner-suburban high street restaurant strip, Bunker is tucked around the corner in what rates as a fairly bleak setting by local standards – a street full of tilt-slab warehouses and workshops and, for the moment at least, cranes and concrete pumps towering over new high-rise developments.
But never mind the concrete – the Bunker crew have swathed their tiny home in green climbing vines, inside and out, which adds to the magic of this unlikely spot.
Two Mazzer grinders and a La Marzocco espresso machine fill the tiny counter space, there’s a couple of seats along the wall and perches out the front – so don’t all come at once.
The house coffee is the 5 Senses toasty, rich Dark Horse blend, as well as regular seasonal single origins.
Guest roasters send beans from far and wide – maybe the seasonal blend from Canberra’s Ona Coffee, a mix of 40% Ethiopia Aricha, 40% Ethiopia Biloya and 20% Colombia La Cordillia – rich and fruity in a short black, but not at all flabby like you might expect with those ripe natural process Ethiopians in there.
You could also catch a V60 of a Honduras Dimas from Ona, home of 2015 World Barista Champion, Sasa Sestic.
Food is restricted to a cabinet full of sweet things for snacking – brownies, cookies, slices, and that’s all. But folks are here for the coffee, not the chocolate chip cookies.
Tip: if you’re not a local, take the Cat up-river or get on the Bicentennial Bikeway from the city.
Where 21 Railway Terrace, Milton
When Mon–Fri 6.15am–3.30pm