Brisbane Cafe Review: Red Baron, Milton

The Brisbane cafe scene could be a bit of a dog fight if it wasn’t full of such nice people – so the Red Baron is appropriately named. It’s a customised, kitted out, shipping container in the car park of an office building in Milton.

The team serve up Veneziano’s beans with a degree of finess. I like Veneziano cafes at the not quite best of times – but the Red Baron is up there with the mother ship in terms of quality.

They’ve got a tasty selection of food (we had a muffin). And a bit of a sense of humour to boot.


“In the event of a Zombie Apocalypse please proceed to rooftop in an orderly manner.”


The staff (I assume the guys driving the machine while I was there were the owners – from what I gather from a bit of online detective work, they’re brothers) are very friendly and up for a chat.

Snoopy would be well and truly at home in this little high flier.

Brisbane Cafe Review, The Odyssey Project, Milton

Grindhouse is a longtime favourite of mine, coming in my top 10 in 2012. So I’ve been keen to check out their new Roasting HQ, the Odyssey Project, in Milton for a while.

It lives up to its name. The coffee, the South + Central blend, roasted in-house and pouring from a La Marzocco Strada, is epic. Delicious.

The roastery is a stripped back warehouse – there’s nice polished cement, wooden benches, and timber stools. The aesthetic is comfortable, the space is cozy. There’s plenty of parking around, both on and off street. It’s great.

Ordering is simple – the menu is nice and stripped back, but there’s plenty of variety in the beans on offer depending on what’s going through the probat under Roaster Bob’s keen curation.

The coffee is great. The blend is well balanced, sweet, and punchy. It’s smooth in milk, silky even. I highly recommend it – the Odyssey is worth the trip. So does my little one.

Brisbane Cafe Review: Stellarossa, Milton

Just down the road from Bunker Coffee on Railway Terrace in Milton was this rather sharp looking Stellarossa Cafe – it’s the central warehouse for a Brisbane franchiser specialising in Di Bella Coffee. Its spacious, trendy, and modern fit out offers a stark contrast to Bunker Coffee. There’s heaps of room to kick back, comfy seats, and plenty of tables… sadly, the coffee also contrasts Bunker Coffee. It was depthless. Boring. Though not unpleasant or bad. It didn’t need sugar. It just didn’t set the tastebuds alight like the Blackstar Beans on offer at Bunker (Bunker Coffee also have “guest roaster” slots on Wednesdays – this week they’re featuring a single origin from Cup).

The coffee was probably slightly too hot – though having just enjoyed a couple of coffees at Bunker our palates were probably a little fatigued. I need to learn my limits for the number of coffees I can adequately review in a day – because there’s no doubt this suffered by comparison.

I did like the Rip Curl latte art.

And the hanging, framed, coffee bags.

On the plus side, there’s plenty of food on offer in the cabinets, and the shiny Nuova Simonelli is more than capable of producing good, drinkable coffee. The service was friendly, though I’m always slightly concerned when a barista offers to put sugar in my coffee.

Bean here (excuse the pun)? Rate it:

* * ½    

Brisbane Cafe Review: Bunker Coffee, Milton

Bunker Coffee. Brisbane’s smallest cafe? Maybe. Converting an abandoned bomb shelter/garage with street frontage into a little hole-in-the-wall cafe is a great use of space. And if you add vines that camouflage your shop front with real leaves – you’re just one step away from classy. The final piece of the puzzle is great coffee with friendly service. Bunker Coffee in Milton has it all.

Here’s our first round of orders – a picollo latte and a flat white.

They use Blackstar Coffee, and serve up a storm with real chocolate used to dust cappuccinos and hot chocolates – this place is worthy of a trip by its own right. The swiss chocolate comes in big blocks that they grate. The hot chocolates are well worthwhile. Fantastically rich and smooth.

The “Goblin” and “Milky Goblin” are in-house specialties. Basically a cross between a long black, a macchiato, a picollo and a flat white. Or something like that. Think a Macchiato with a little extra milk, or a picollo with less froth…

All coffees are pulled on doppio ristrettos so they pack a little extra punch and you get a pretty full bodied experience. I love Blackstar coffee. So I love Bunker Coffee. I also noticed a kilo bag of Cup Coffee on the shelf. These guys seem pretty well connected.

A nice shiny La Marzocco and beautiful double walled Bodum cups make drinking in a pleasure. A $24 six pack takeaway iced coffee/iced chocolate seems like a pretty good deal. And I love the liberal smattering of [square brackets] repeated from the logo on the menu board. The place feels cool, add the bicycles leaned against the viney wall and you’ve got a fun little stop right out of an Enid Blyton novel. Their webshop also sells Aeropress for $5 less than I’ve seen them elsewhere (a bargain at $49). You can also follow them on Twitter, and a few “coming soon” bits of their website look exciting.

If there’s a cyclone or an air raid threat I know where I’ll be heading to stay safe and enjoy good coffee.

Bean here (excuse the pun)? Rate it:

* * * *  

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