March 9, 2011 Nathan

Brisbane Cafe Review: The Corner Store Cafe, Toowong

This one is brand new. Hot off the press. It opened today. And we were there because a friend is waitressing there and it was her first shift. But I’m all about objectivity here – so it’s lucky I don’t have any bad stuff to say.

This place rocked.

The outdoor area is still under construction – though it should be open by Friday. But inside is fresh, spacious, and like a modern household dining room. Very clean. Airy. Bright.

You know you’re in for something special when the latte art on your cappuccino matches the latte art tattooed on the barista’s wrist. That’s a sign of some serious commitment.

These guys have a pretty sweet Synesso Cyncra. Which is some serious coffee kit. At this stage there’s one grinder on the counter, but Kane, the head coffee dude/tattooed barista, says he’s after more. And wants to build a brew bar into the offering. Which can only be a good thing. I had a great chat to Kane, who is very friendly.

And seriously artistic. Even in a takeaway cup that then got coated in chocolate powder and a lid.

The coffee is sourced from Cleanskin Roasters in Brendale, and in the hopper today was their blend #007. Which, according to Cleanskin is:

“A blend of Indonesian, Brazil and Costa Rican coffee’s roasted to a darker colour make up this beauty. Bold roasted nut and cocoa body with pleasant, fruity acidity and sweetness. A lingering finish to remind you all day.”

It certainly had those – but with a great butterscotch/caramel taste too. Which I love. Kane is clearly a perfectionist – he told us as we were drinking that he wasn’t happy with the foam depth on our cappuccinos (I had a perfect double shot flat white), but they were fine. And greatly appreciated by my dinepanions.

The Cappuccino

The Flat White

The Piccolo

The food was good too. Fresh. The breakfast burger was excellent, and speedily prepared. Though it helped that we were the only table in the house – and that we’d told them we were on a deadline.

Bean here (excuse the pun)? Rate it:

* * * * ½

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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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