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    Good Coffee Around Petrie Terrace, Brisbane...HELP!

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Ive recently started working at Victoria Barracks in (yay me, so much closer that Pinkenba!)

    So, the only place I can find with decent coffee near where I work and is within easy walking distance at lunch time (I only get 30 minutes) is the French Twist Cafe and, although they do make a reasonably nice latte, I would like to see if anyone has any other recommendations.

    It would have to cater for take away, because I really only get enough time to walk there, order a coffee, and then take it back to my desk and savour it whilst ploughing on.

    I do have my Lelit which Id love to take in so I could make my own but, due to the age of the Barracks, its probably not that safe and Id have to get special checks done on it to authorise it. Plus, our kitchen is tiny and taken up with microwave, sandwich press, etc.

    And no, dont want to do the Aeropress - I ended up giving my last one away to a friend and fellow Snobber. I like my stretched milk just a little bit too much!

    Maybe I could organise for AM to start a latte delivery service for me? ;)

    Cheers
    Di

    (PS - hopefully with less driving to do each day, I might have a little bit more time to stir things up a bit again: its way to quiet in here if you ask me! :D )

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    Re: Good Coffee Around Petrie Terrace, Brisbane...HELP!

    I know there is a campos account just down Caxton St. but never having tried them it could be rubbish - but it could be worth a try.

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    Re: Good Coffee Around Petrie Terrace, Brisbane...HELP!

    Thanks MM, I might need to go for a wander down there - I havent yet had the opportunity because it, from appearances, just looks as though its full of Pubs and Restaurants, but it might be worth a venture!

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    You can try Allens Espresso.
    Where most of the police go and my wife tells me its about 5 min walk from the barracks if you cut through the shopping complex.

    420 George st

    Are you up to driving a short way?
    I can think of 3 other possibilities if so.

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    While I only had 1 coffee at Alens, I cannot recommend it... the taste was ok but it was very thin, diluted and with almost white crema breaking apart on top...

    Perhaps thats ok for some but when a place which gets such great reviews and claims "Alens Espresso Baristas are trained to ‘World Barista Championship’ level to consistently provide you with the perfect cup of coffee !!!" serves me up that... I dont go back.

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    Thanks Ronin - probably a drive is out of the question at lunchtime. *By the time I did a bog lap around to get into the city fighting all the traffic and all the waits at pedestrian crossings, lunch would be over.

    Might have to go for a brisk walk to Allens, though - happy to sample and see what I think to see if Vyapada just caught them on a bad day. *Ill report back probably towards the end of next week.

    BTW - I got talking to the Head Barista at French Twist today, a really nice guy, and I asked him what beans they used and apparently the owner has his own blend because he likes a full bodied coffee and that its a middle eastern blend. It was good talking to someone that actually knew a bit about coffee, I have to say.

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    I really hope it was a bad day... Gotta wonder about the quality control though. Ive been very fortunate to visit cafes where the barista will sink shots if their not up to their standard.

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    Hi Coffee2Di4,

    Dont know the area that well but you could try beanhunter on your iphone. I think I remember you having one. It know the reviews can be useless but it might bring up a few hidden gems! I know it has in Noosa for me.

    Lacehim

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    Hi Di, I only know of a couple of coffee shops up in the Coles shopping precinct that are of the usual mass market variety. Have ha da couple from Alens, one was ok, the other one only a couple weeks ago was very ordinary given the self proclamation. I havent been down the Caxton St stretch for about 22 years so no idea on that part of the area.

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    Re: Good Coffee Around Petrie Terrace, Brisbane...HELP!

    Ah, Beanhunter, Id forgotten all about that one, thanks Lacehim!

    MP, sounds like a good excuse to me! When you coming in to grab me so we can go for a wander one lunch time (Id even stretch it out to an hour, if necessary!)

    By the way, across the road from the French Twist was a roasting place called Earth Coffee. Looks as though its closed down now (I think I saw a For Lease sign on their window when I glanced sideways quickly the other day). Shame, because that may have been worth a try...

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    Re: Good Coffee Around Petrie Terrace, Brisbane...HELP!

    Okay, as an udpate, weve now moved our office to the Transit Centre a week ago and I went for a bit of a wander on Friday and found Alens Espresso. Bought a latte and treated myself to a bag of roasted beans as well and both were great.

    Unfortutnately nothing good to say about any of the other coffee shops in my direct area: over priced and stale (*shudder*) and dont grind to order. There is a place across the road that make a passable coffee in a pinch (ie; at Morning Tea time when I only have 10 minutes) - Chez Nous and they have Monte coffee. I think their turnover is so much because they are right across the road from the QPS headquarters, but at least they grind on demand.

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    Re: Good Coffee Around Petrie Terrace, Brisbane...HELP!

    Not sure if it is still there, but there used to be a small cafe that opened 2 blocks down George St from Chez Nouz that had a small in-shop roaster. Used to have a red bike out the front. From my recollection they used to do OK coffee.

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    Hi Di

    If I remember correctly the pub across the road from the Subway called The Tinbilly is using Tobys Estate.
    Ive not tried it tho

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    Re: Good Coffee Around Petrie Terrace, Brisbane...HELP!

    Quote Originally Posted by 4F687E6C74070 link=1294222820/10#10 date=1310252481
    Okay, as an udpate, weve now moved our office to the Transit Centre a week ago and I went for a bit of a wander on Friday and found Alens Espresso.* Bought a latte and treated myself to a bag of roasted beans as well and both were great.


    Unfortutnately nothing good to say about any of the other coffee shops in my direct area: over priced and stale (*shudder*) and dont grind to order.* There is a place across the road that make a passable coffee in a pinch (ie; at Morning Tea time when I only have 10 minutes) - Chez Nous and they have Monte coffee. I think their turnover is so much because they are right across the road from the QPS headquarters, but at least they grind on demand.

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    Donut King in the food court? :o And you get a donut with the blend of regality.

    Will definitely be willing to come in one day and take you up on the offer of lunch Di. Apologies for the 6 month late acceptance ....will bring roses ;D

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    Re: Good Coffee Around Petrie Terrace, Brisbane...HELP!

    Sounds good MP! Hey, I got a couple of donuts the other day - eschewed the included coffee, though... :p

    Actually, Ronin, I think I know where you mean: when I was walking back from Alans, I spotted that and thought Mmm, Tobys Estate...pub...what the?" The problem is that I think its a hangover from my childhood (grew up in a mining town, so the pubs were full of drunk ferals) or how I was bought up, but I always shy away from going into pubs by myself. I was just flashing past, though, so I didnt notice whether or not the machine was close to the door or not.

    Graham, I think you might be thinking of Alans Espresso as its about two blocks down from Chez Nous or so.

    It just amazes me that there are about 7 different places in the Transit Centre that sell coffee, and not one of them does it right: they either use an automatic, stale beans, stale ground coffee or just dont know how to do it right.

    Damnit, there are times that being a CoffeeSnob is a curse!

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    Re: Good Coffee Around Petrie Terrace, Brisbane...HELP!

    There is a Dancing Bean upstairs in the tourist/travel ticket area, but have found the coffee there just a tad above average at best. Usually too hot and heading to stale source beans.



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