January 19, 2012 Nathan

Brisbane Cafe Review: Igloo Espresso, Carina

This is my new local. We’re packing up and moving house in the next week. And I was thrilled to find this little watering hole, or the coffee equivalent, across the road from our real estate agent.

We were greeted by a friendly face – Kane, the tattooed barista formerly of the Corner Store Cafe, was pouring crisp shots using Clean Skin Coffee Co’s very own Saint blend (more on the Saint brand here) and a two group Synesso.


Image Credit: Igloo’s Facebook

The Igloo is a permanent coffee cart of sorts. It’s hard to describe in a manner that does the facility justice. It’s a tiled circle. Designed, apparently, by the same team that put together the Corner Store. It offers a bit of seating, under umbrellas, that isn’t great on a hot day like today. But situated, as it is, by a busy bus stop on Old Cleveland Road, and next to a gym, its in a prime location for commuters and those working in a busyish retail strip.

It’s not going to win points on food or comfort – but the coffee is prepared with love and expertise. Kane is behind the machine most days, with his signature driver’s cap and rosetta tattoo. Speaking of which. Rosetta Tattoo would be a funny name for a coffee band… People who are passionate about coffee are, almost always, prepared to spend a while chatting about their passion.

And the cup lived up to the chat. My flat white was rich in flavour, sweet and full of character, I’d almost say “zesty” but not in a citrusy way, just interesting in all corners of the mouth, with a milk chocolate type finish. But lets face it – tasting notes are semi-meaningless. It nice and sweet. My wife’s Piccolo was described as being on the “nutty” end of the spectrum. And that’s a good thing. There were no dramas with temperature, no traces of over extraction, or over roasting. And with the bus stop nearby, I’ll be frequenting this little tiled igloo on my way to college this year.

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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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