February 9, 2011 Nathan

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: [five-star-rating]

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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.

Comments (2)

  1. Barista B-man

    Dear Nathan, I have just discovered your post and was very dismayed to read your comments. I would urge you to visit us again because if you did you would surely reconsider your comments about our coffee and service. Many, many people have commented that they have never had a service experience like the one they enjoy at StellaRossa Milton. Randam trivia quizzes, second to none name recognition, humourous and cheeky staff, excellent prices are all part of the experience. The loyalty cards covering almost every square inch of wall are testament to our commitment to customer service.
    Also, I have been making coffee for over a decade and am extremely passionate about drinking it. I do not have sugar, but please don’t make the mistake of thinking that offering sugar is an admission of inferior quality. Have you never seen an Italian put sugar in their espresso? Are Italians not confident about coffee. Could anyone suggest Italians don’t make good coffee?
    We serve our takeaway coffees with lids on and that is the only reason why we OFFER our customers sugar, to save them having to take the lid off and add it themselves. I am an expert in coffee but I will not be a snob. Some people like sugar, deal with it., I have.
    THank you very much for your feedback, however. You can find me at Stella Rossa Milton Monday-Friday, I would love to discuss this further with you, I promise not to offer you sugar !
    Regards, Barista B-MAn froim Milton

    • Sorry B-Man,

      I’ll definitely take you up on your offer to come back… it is quite possible, as I say in the piece, that I was experiencing palate fatigue… I have edited the comment about service, because I didn’t mean to suggest the service wasn’t good – just that it didn’t offer the approach to educating the coffee consumer that one would find a few doors up the road.

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