February 20, 2011 Nathan

Brisbane Cafe Review: Raw Space Cafe

I’ve enjoyed a couple of lunches at South Brisbane’s Raw Space Cafe. A nice little cafe/art gallery set up on Melbourne Street. There isn’t any signage advertising exactly what sort of coffee they’re churning out – but they do have a La Cimbali machine with a coffex sticker on the side. So I’m going to assume that’s what it is until I hear otherwise.

Their burgers are amazing. Well worth the price of admission. Especially the lamb kofta burger. The chips are just sensational. And the coffee? Well. It is interesting. It’s not bad. The milk texturing leaves a little to be desired – a little too much bubble and not enough silk. The coffee is served in these massive soup bowl like cups. I’m not sure if that only happens with a double shot. They may equate double shot with large.

They do provide a water chaser with each drink, which is a plus. The flavour of the coffee itself (in the guise of a double shot flat white) is not unpleasant. I’ve had a couple. There’s this odd banana like taste that was there both times. It’s not bad. But it’s distinct. I’d say the coffee beans are a little stale. But I’ve had worse. Much worse. And the food really is divine, plus the atmosphere is kind of funky and hip.

I wouldn’t go just for the coffee. But I’ll happily return for one of those burgers (though not for the $8.50 pie I had on my first visit).

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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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