There really is a reverend at Reverends Fine Coffee: co-owner Luke Andrews is a former pastor, but his ministry now is to Fortitude Valley’s coffee lovers on this busy strip of Brunswick Street.
A young, beardy and man-bunned crew personnel the Slayer, the fitout is about stripped-back brick and timber, and the communal table in the window is the best place to watch locals queue for a morning takeaway while you try a cup of Purple Haze, the house blend from Gold Coast roaster Uncle Joe’s.
A short black comes as a double shot in a tulip cup – a nice touch – and the blend of three natural Ethiopians is all misty with cherry and sweet plum fruit, some acid tang and a lush, smoky finish.
There are single origins from Seven Seeds in Melbourne for espresso or pourover, and you might luck out on a taste of something from the barista’s personal stash – maybe a Vista Bella El Salvador from The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen, roasted for filter but cheekily brewed on the Slayer – don’t tell Denmark, but it makes a citrus-bright shot with a smoky edge and a long, savoury finish.
A tiny two-hotplate kitchen turns out a single-page menu of brunchy dishes including coconut Bircher, a breakfast bowl of poached eggs, avocado smash, spinach and lemon yoghurt tahini, and the welcome return of spaghetti on toast to the Australian breakfast table – though this one is not from a tin.
The spaghetti is real and nicely al dente, while the slow-cooked sugo – from an old Italian family recipe – is rich and tomatoey, and it does taste like nonna’s. This dish is best deconstructed into spaghetti AND toast, with the big slab of crusty Vienna becoming a saucy bruschetta. Add a poached egg if you want it to feel less like lunch.
Reverends Fine Coffee
Where 372 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
When Mon–Fri 7am–3pm, Sat–Sun 8am–2pm