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    micro roastaries/ hole in wall cafes in Brisbane

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    Can anyone recommend any micro-roastaries (apart from Merlo and Di Bella) and also small hole in wall cafes where they concentrate on coffee rather than food?

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    Have you tried Cafe Modena on Adelaide St?

    Consistantly great coffee, some food - not much though.

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    Re: micro roastaries/ hole in wall cafes in Brisba

    No I havent thanks. Do they roast their own?


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    No they dont. They use Di Bella, but the blend they use was specifically created for them (Modena Blend).

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    Di Bella doesnt really fall into the micro-rastery category anymore, considering they roast over 6 tonnes of beans per week! :o Urban Grind at West End concentrates purely on coffee - they use Di Bella also.

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    Theres Cosmopolitan Cafe, Brunswick St Mall, Fortitude Valley. They roast their own and thats where Chris Di Bella started off. I quite like their Jave, while their house blend (Formula One, from memory, is pretty good. When last I bought there, it was around $24/Kg.

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    Caffiene Espresso in tenereiffe is good. They roast their own on a beautiful diedrich 12Kilo. Their house blend is buttery and rich and one of the nicest espressos in town.

    Naked coffee in Elizabeth Arcade in the city is another favorite of mine, they use Campos and have some great baristas.

    All reports are bad since Alen sold Cafe Modena. If you missed a coffee from him, you missed out. I hear he is opening another cafe somewhere in Brissie soon though.

    As mentioned Di Bella is a large commercial roaster and Merlo is owned by coke. If you get up the coast stop in at my place in Yandina, we are an hour north of brisbane city and you wont be dissapointed.

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    Merlo is owned by coke????

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    Thanks by the way on the tips on those who roast their own- had no idea cosmo or Caffeine espresso roasted their own!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pioneer Roaster link=1192069947/0#6 date=1192077508
    All reports are bad since Alen sold Cafe Modena. If you missed a coffee from him, you missed out. I hear he is opening another cafe somewhere in Brissie soon though.
    I didnt realise Alen had sold, been a while since Ive been there.

    Ill be keeping an eye out for when he opens his new cafe though.

    Caffiene Espresso sounds worth checking out too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pioneer Roaster link=1192069947/0#6 date=1192077508
    Caffiene Espresso in tenereiffe is good. They roast their own on a beautiful diedrich 12Kilo. Their house blend is buttery and rich and one of the nicest espressos in town.

    Naked coffee in Elizabeth Arcade in the city is another favorite of mine, they use Campos and have some great baristas.

    All reports are bad since Alen sold Cafe Modena. If you missed a coffee from him, you missed out. I hear he is opening another cafe somewhere in Brissie soon though.

    As mentioned Di Bella is a large commercial roaster and Merlo is owned by coke. If you get up the coast stop in at my place in Yandina, we are an hour north of brisbane city and you wont be dissapointed.
    When did Dean sell out to Coke? I had no idea. Scary how far their tentacles spread.

    Yeah, I heard the same about Modena. I believe Alen sold to the cafe owner over the road from him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrindOnDemand link=1192069947/0#10 date=1192079845
    When did Dean sell out to Coke? *I had no idea. *Scary how far their tentacles spread.

    Yeah, I heard the same about Modena. *I believe Alen sold to the cafe owner over the road from him.
    I think Dean sold about 6 months ago, not sure though. I was told Alen sold to some out of towners but that just may be a rumour.

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    Re: micro roastaries/ hole in wall cafes in Brisba

    I thought it was Grinders who were bought by Coke?

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    Yes Coke owns Grinders as well

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    Re: micro roastaries/ hole in wall cafes in Brisba

    What about Bulimba Beans, there is a small roaster there as well.

    What a about the shop in Cleveland? ( I do not remember the name)

    What about Sugar and Spices in Capalaba?

    Aromas Tea and Coffee West End

    Abrisca in East Birsbane

    Karemela Coffee in New Market

    Arabica Coffee in Coopers Plain

    What a bout Di Bartoli Coffee Centre in Brisbane ( just dreaming at this stage)

    I think Brisbane has a few


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    Re: micro roastaries/ hole in wall cafes in Brisba

    Wow, thank you so much di Bartoli, I appreciate your help..


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    Quote Originally Posted by xabitha link=1192069947/0#7 date=1192079366
    Merlo is owned by coke????
    Ive been assured by Merlos public relations folk that this is "totally untrue"...

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    Re: micro roastaries/ hole in wall cafes in Brisba

    was at Cafe Modena Friday & had an amazing latte ,they still got it there, the manager there Irene makes a mean coffee

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    actually they had some issues,but there is a great barista there Irene, she was there when Alan was owned it,she stayed on, shes very good ,ask her to make it, you wont be sorry. She was away apparantly & it whent sour for a while, now shes back! love the Place!

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    Re: micro roastaries/ hole in wall cafes in Brisba

    Chiasso is the one in cleveland but i dont think they roast in the shop anymore, im at dancing bean on george st, very little food lots of coffee, about 8 different s/o come in and say hi.

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    Re: micro roastaries/ hole in wall cafes in Brisba

    I know a roaster who grows his own about 45 minutes south of Brisso and the food is great.

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    Mt tambourine?

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    this is a good thread. I would second caffeine espresso in teneriffe, the coffee there is really great. Its the only place I go that roasts their own.
    Ill have to try out some of the others mentioned here I havent been to.

    http://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=115061154367069871536. 00000112375de1b4fcda2&ll=-27.440345,153.05191&spn=0.180685,0.261612&z=12&om= 1
    this is a map I havent updated for a little while, let me know if you know anymore that should be there.

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    Yeah,Mt Tamborine.

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    Thanks, where on Mt Tamborine? Whats it called? Am researching for an article, so would like to include as many as I can.

    cheers


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    Re: micro roastaries/ hole in wall cafes in Brisba

    BTW, Bulimba bean is so more. It is an Italian restaurant as of tomorrow!


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    Re: micro roastaries/ hole in wall cafes in Brisba

    http://www.dlcoffee.com.au/

    Anyone know this place?

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    Re: micro roastaries/ hole in wall cafes in Brisba

    http://www.chipironimountaincoffee.com/rascals.html
    or this?? Anyone been here or tried their coffee?

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    Re: micro roastaries/ hole in wall cafes in Brisba

    re - rascals, I went searching for this place one day and all I found was an empty shop that looked like theyd moved out of a few months earlier. That was in April.

    I think the website needs an update.


    and dlcoffee - I see there is one in Sandgate, I might check this out tomorrow or friday. Only 10 mins away from me.

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    Great, let me know what you think!

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    Yup, Rascals is no more. They were forced to move out of their old premises as the centre was being redeveloped.
    They mainly do wholesale but are open thursdays for retail trade.
    There new contact details are here: http://www.chipironimountaincoffee.com/contact.html

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    Re: micro roastaries/ hole in wall cafes in Brisba

    Quote Originally Posted by xabitha link=1192069947/15#25 date=1192531607
    BTW, Bulimba bean is so more. It is an Italian restaurant as of tomorrow!
    Im glad you posted this although I had never had a coffee from there before, though i didnt know they roasted there own or i may have, the food was good and i usually had a corona with it hence no coffee but its about an hour drive there and we were planning a trip over there in the next week or two so thanks you sort of saved a trip still have to visit MIL, though the pub down the road is very good for food and beer (asahi on tap) that is.

    Andrew

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    caffeine espresso!

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    Re: micro roastaries/ hole in wall cafes in Brisba

    Ive just heard that Alen (formally of Cafe Modena) has just opened his new cafe called.....Alens Espresso

    Its on George St, down near the law courts and Roma St Station (I think?!)

    Yet to try it out, but am hoping to get there soon. If his efforts at Cafe Modena are anything to go by, it will soon be another Brisbane coffee staple.

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    Yes, definitely worth visiting. Do you know whether hes using DiBella again?

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    Yeah he is using Di Bella again, no idea what blend though?

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    Maybe hes working with Phil again on a new Alen blend ...

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    sounds good, have to check it out soon.

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    Anything worth checking out around or near Albert & Charlotte streets in the city? Im staying in the Sebel suites and Brisvegas is a town I dont really know well, not having been here very often. Even if some of the ones mentioned are only a 10 or 15 minute walk away, that would be great.

    Thanks!

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    Try Naked around the corner in Elizabeth St Arcade - enjoy your stay!

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    I just got back from a few weeks in Brisbane and will be going back for another few weeks next Sunday. While I didnt get a chance to try a lot of coffee places, Modena was less than half a block from where I was working and so I frequented it quite often.
    If Irene is the blonde there then I have to agree she makes the best coffee there. Every time.

    When I down next Ill make my best attempt to try more places that have been mentioned!

    As an aside, I picked up the Sunbeam Barista kit from Myers while I was there. Now I just need to get a coffee machine and a decent grinder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrindOnDemand link=1192069947/30#39 date=1193263485
    Try Naked around the corner in Elizabeth St Arcade - enjoy your stay!
    Gday Hazchem, also just around the corner from Naked coffee, is the Dancing Bean on George St. (and they dont serve Di Bella like most other Brisbane cafes at the moment ;D )

    Enjoy!

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    Heres my new list of food and coffee places. It might be helpful to others who want to go around a try a few places -

    http://users.on.net/~rwagner/Food%20and%20Coffee%20-%20Brisbane.txt

    The list was made from posts here, I should add. So the credit goes to you guys.

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    Thanks for the tips G-O-D and Steve, I got to Naked but didnt see your post about Dancing Bean in time. Ill check it out next time though as Ive decided the Sebel is a better place to stay than where i normally do.

    I also found myself down near Allens Espresso and went in for a few brews. Good stuff, and great location - sticking it to the Gloria Jeans ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by hazchem link=1192069947/30#43 date=1193564717
    Thanks for the tips G-O-D and Steve, I got to Naked but didnt see your post about Dancing Bean in time. Ill check it out next time though as Ive decided the Sebel is a better place to stay than where i normally do.

    I also found myself down near Allens Espresso and went in for a few brews. Good stuff, and great location - sticking it to the Gloria Jeans *;D
    Yeah, thatd be Alen on George St, formally of Modena-fame creator ...

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    Re: micro roastaries/ hole in wall cafes in Brisba

    speaking of micro-roastaries, how on earth do they compete against the two big boys? I for one, hate going into a cafe and finding that its always one or the other. (di Bella or merlo) here in QLD..


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    As somebody who is up against the big boys let me tell you its hard. For one their prices are dirt cheap, they have unlimited resorces (in comparison) to throw at accounts (umbrellas, wind breaks etc) and they have the name behind them. I can only sell my coffee on quality, and unfortunately the majority of cafes dont care about quality. Those who do have a choice of a growing number of specialty roasters, but the number of specialty cafes is not proportianal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xabitha link=1192069947/45#45 date=1193641729
    speaking of micro-roastaries, how on earth do they compete against the two big boys? I for one, hate going into a cafe and finding that its always one or the other. (di Bella or merlo) here in QLD..
    :-?

    xabitha, Im a bit intrigued. Correct me if Ive missed your drift, but I think its unfortunate & highly presumptuous that you waltz into a cafe & pre-judge the coffee experience youre about to have purely on the basis of what brand bean is being used.

    For the record, Im a brizzy cafe & I use DiBella - & Im damn pedantic with what my customers drink. Remember, a high quality roast can be compromised in a flash by an indifferent/untrained barista, or letting the beans go stale - its not just the bean that youre drinking, but the magic that the barista can extract from that bean. Ive been to cafes that use DiBella & have had some absolutely disgusting extractions put in front of me :P Then again, Ive had some enjoyable (rare though ::) experiences from places that serve Vittoria purely because the barista knew how to work the bean.

    Yes its an unfortunate economic reality that wholesale roast prices come into play when a cafe owner decides which roaster to affiliate themselves with - thats business. I keep an open mind though (& palate) - I consistently try a range of SO & blend roasts from the increasing variety of boutique roasters cropping up around the country. Pioneer Roaster amongst them (youre Mocha Java is superb Jason ;).

    I believe in time you will see specialty cafes emerging that showcase smaller roasteries products (I for one see my future heading down that path) - but like the wine industry, or the burgeoning interest in slow food, for example, it takes time for consumers to appreciate the finer differences in life.

    Ill end my rant for now! ::)
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    Ive had a few good DiBella coffees lately, I think the name suffers because its very widespread. Ive also made some great coffee with Merlo beans. I think the quality is there, just depends who makes it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyb link=1192069947/45#48 date=1193718196
    just depends who makes it.
    True.
    It took me a while to make Campos coffee almost as good as they can.
    Mind you I can still make it better than some other cafes using Campos.



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