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    Veneziano Caffe - West End

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    While in Queensland a couple of weeks ago I dropped into Veneziano Caffe in West End.

    I used Tom-tom GPS to find it from the Brissy airport car hire so I have no idea how to drive there but is was quick and easy to get to.
    ;)

    Wow its hard to believe that this is the same place that I looked at in
    Google Maps before going there. The Veneziano crew have done a huge amount of work to transform the ugly duckling.

    The café is open and airy (you can do that in Queensland) and has a really lively colour scheme. *The building is split in half, the front half is cafe and the back half is the roastery and loading bay. *The café has a mezzanine level that looks into the roastery so you can enjoy a coffee while watching someone sweat over the roaster.

    ...but anyone that knows me knows that I didnt go there for the décor (as nice as it was), I went for a coffee. *May knocked out a great double espresso using Veneziano Estate and I had a wander around. *I happened to be there when Peter was looking for a volunteer to try a big pile of single origin espressos so I put my hand-up and started knocking them back. *Gee there were some pretty amazing coffees in there, some of these were very small lots that Peter was playing with and one in particular was stunning as an espresso... one of those truly memorable "yard-stick" coffees that open your eyes, a true epiphany. *We tried it as a latte and sadly it washed-out in milk. *That’s half the fun of true specialty coffee, finding the right combination for the experience you are aiming for.
    I lost count how many shots we shot but I left wondering if it was safe to drive and my journey south to Surfers was a just blur, felt like 15 minutes not the hour odd it should have been. *Gives new meaning to "don’t drink and drive".

    A safer bet would be to try and get to a traditional cupping session sometime to have a play with some really interesting and unique coffees.

    Where:
    Veneziano Caffe
    369 Montague Road,
    West End
    Queensland

    Open 7 days.

    (check out the Giesen W1 small batch roaster in the last pic)










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    Re: Veneziano Caffe - West End

    Gahhhhh...That tabletop Giesen is cool....Can we get one for Melbourne, Pete? You know...coz Makin busted the pocket rocket....

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    Re: Veneziano Caffe - West End

    Wow count me in next time Im in that neck of the woods. Sweet !

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    Re: Veneziano Caffe - West End

    First post in a long time... reason? Ive moved to Brisbane!

    And so, perhaps, its appropriate that I post something Brisbane-y. Well, my daughter and I had a chance for some Quality Time and so we decided to check out Veneziano on Montague Rd, West End.

    As you can tell, she was pleased about this!




    One thing I MUST say, the staff are very friendly and happy to chat when theyre not swamped by groups of cyclists (Saturdays) or office/factory workers (weekdays)... like so!


    As Andy has already commented, the decor is funky, the place is spacious, open and airy and the KIDS AREA has to be the drawcard for family men like myself!



    And so, while Veneziano might be a little out of the way of the usual family-type hang out locations being situated among factories, businesses and offices, for those, with kids, thinking about some quiet hang out time, the little kids area is perfect for occupying the kids, at least for a period of time! Whoever thought of putting this in must have kid/s!

    While there, I had a piccolo latte (using their Forza blend) and their single origin (cant remember!). Latte art wasnt fantastic, but tasted yummy!
    [img]http://benandfaith.smugmug.com/photos/478983924_uXePS-M.jpg
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    Heres a piccie of the S.O. shot. Taste was on the bright side, but Matt and Sam said they were struggling to dial in the grind/temp for this.


    While we were there, I bumped into Anger Management! Great to have met my first Brisbane CSer in person! Apparently hes there every Saturday morning... so now you have a face to look out for if you are there too!


    Finally, just wanted to say Hi to Matt, Sam and Anthony of Veneziano if you are reading this. Im sure Ill see you guys very soon!

    Heres a few more photos...


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    Made my first foray to Veneziano Sunday morning last. *Perhaps a little out of the way for some, but well worth the trip IMHO. *Left with a small bag of their estate blend - not entirely sure what beans are in it, but by gosh its tasty! Thanks Veneziano :)

    Squirrel

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    P.S. Welcome to Brisvegas, benandfaith.

    Squirrel

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    Re: Veneziano Caffe - West End

    Quote Originally Posted by 404E4A574B4051250 link=1235138026/5#5 date=1245755253
    P.S. Welcome to Brisvegas, benandfaith.

    Squirrel
    Thanks Squirrel! Sorry for the late response... havent been to CS for a while actually, nor Veneziano for that matter. Its been a crazy couple of months.

    Maybe Ill catch you at Vs sometime! (Got to buy some cups... guests have broke 1xIlly and 1xNuovo Point Tulip cappuccino cups... grr... not happy!)

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    Veneziano Visit

    I was in Brisbane last week with Mrs Rocky to see the John Farnham concert at the Lyric Theatre (terriffic concert) and managed to organise us to visit Venezianos in West End. With a couple of friends we took the River Cat from Riverside up to West End and then walked the several blocks up to Venezianos in Montague Street.
    It is a Coffee Snobs heaven with its large airey two-storey cafe area surrounded by grinders and machines, large bean dispensers and the laboratory - the training area with its two-group machines and associated gear. In the laboratory a cold-filter-gravity feed experiment was slowly proceeding to produce a new concept in iced coffee.
    The place is run by three enthusiastic young guys who were a bit bemused at the old guy who was totally stoked to be there and was trying to take it all in. I apologise for not remembering the names of the guys but thanks for indulging me with the guided tour and friendly service.
    Everyone enjoyed their coffees - I started with a small long black (shot+30ml of water) and followed up with a Machiato. Both were excellent and easily the best coffee I have ever had in a cafe. The bean of the day was a 9 bean blend described simply as Estate. It was a great flavour rivaling WOW for intensity and body.
    We were honoured to be given complimentary glasses of the cold-filtered coffee which had taken 24hrs to produce enough for our four servings. It was a very interesting drink served with ice, and milk (if you wanted it) We all drank it straight - even the other 3 non-coffee-snobs. I thought it was cool and refreshing with a character not unlike a scotch & water but the coffee flavour overlaying it all.
    Our visit was all too short but certainly memorable. I recommend the experience to all CS.


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    Re: Veneziano Caffe - West End

    Bit of a delayed post, was in Brissy for the QLD barista comp and spent a bt of time at First Pour.

    Had some great coffees and unlike the Melb version they do food, worth checking out if youre up there.

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    Re: Veneziano Caffe - West End

    Took a half hour walk from south bank to veneziano today based on the good reviews here. It was well worth it. Fantastic latte and atmosphere. Will be returning very soon, and hopefully very regularly.

    David

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    Re: Veneziano Caffe - West End

    Was back at Venezianos today with my girlfriend. Spent a good hour there, and had two coffees each. Lattes for myself, and mochas for her. We both loved the atmosphere, and of course - the coffee.

    Got photos of the second latte and mocha posted below. Great time, great coffee, great service. Definitely be back (very soon I hope).

    David




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    I had a spare day last week so I dropped into Veneziano for a double ristretto and it was very pleasurable. I haven't tried every Cafe in West End just yet, but these guys seem to be number one for me at the moment, and the best thing is they're at the end of my street!

    Tried a v60 pour over just the other day with a Colombian and was very nice, bought the same beans to use in the Aero press and I'm loving it. Should hopefully have all the cafes sussed out in a months time



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