A Coffee Anthology is definitely the word at this Margaret Street cafe, and it’s pronounced with a strong Melbourne accent.
The brew menu and the take-home shelves are stacked with a roster beans from some of Australian specialty coffee’s best roasters, with down-south beans from Dukes Coffee Roasters, Padre, Proud Mary and Industry Beans, as well as Sydney’s Single Origin Roasters and the local, Uncle Joe’s.
Tables in the covered area out front work well in most Brisbane weather situations – though maybe not the 100-year high-water mark. Inside or you can prop at various bar-stool situations for a brew – maybe a pourover of Rwanda Sumbili from Dukes Coffee Roasters with some caramel sweetness, a delicate body and sweet cherry fruit: a typical Dukes roast brewed nicely to show its best.
Espresso coffee comes from a brand new (in mid-2015) Victoria Arduino Black Eagle customised by Specht Design (in Melbourne…). It’s worth a trip to this stretch of Brisbane’s CBD just to see one of these in action, while food from the open corner kitchen might include a sautee of wild mushrooms with chilli and lime-spiked ricotta, or a lush baked brioche with honey poached pear and tangy strawberry yoghurt.
Where 126 Margaret Street, Brisbane
When Mon–Fri 7am–3.30pm