November 27, 2011 Nathan

Brisbane Cafe Review: Espressohead, West End

West End is where it’s at in terms of good coffee per square metre. Cup, BlackStar, and Veneziano are all within cooee of each other – and they’re all pretty special… the main drag in West End is littered with cafes offering breakfast and a morning hit of coffee. So we decided to branch out from our old reliable favourites (well, we went to Veneziano as well…).

The nice shiny white La Marzocco on the bench at Espressohead was enough to pique my interest – I spied it as we drove down Boundary Street looking for a parking spot, and a breakfast option.

The breakfast menu was pretty good. Not fancy pants. But I went with the pork belly, poached egg, and beans…

My wife always orders the Eggs Benedict. And she wasn’t disappointed with this one.

The food was ok. There are better breakfasts out there. It’s a nice little hole in the wall, and the staff were friendly. But this, afterall, is a coffee blog.

Espressohead uses Two Seasons Coffee – which has a nice rotating blend conceptual approach to curating and roasting, and a nice colourful logo.

The coffee, to be frank, was good, but not great. It was an El Salvadorian Finca Miravalles. The temperature was passable, the milk was well textured, though not the velvet you might get from a purveyor of specialty coffee. The lack of latte art was a problem – because it was pretty much solid crema for the first few mouthfuls.

So up front it was pretty bitter. When I’d stirred it and after a few sips, it was well rounded – but nothing extraordinary. It had a slightly nutty aftertaste, but there was none of the caramel, the dark chocolate, the citrus, or the berry notes that really special coffee packs in. It was just coffee.

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About the Author

Nathan Nathan is a coffee lover, home roaster, amateur barista and coffee tinkerer. He's married, has two kids, one turtle, and for a day job works for Creek Road Presbyterian Church. He previously worked in PR. This blog is his attempt to make coffee tax deductible.

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