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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Brisbane Cafe Review: Library Cafe, Southbank

For the last six weeks I’ve been working in South Brisbane (except for the floods). One of the perks has been regular coffee at the Library Cafe. These guys know what they’re doing (most of the time) and have a habit of producing coffee at a perfectly drinkable temperature (there have been a couple that were piping hot – so the occasional coffee slips through the quality control net).

They use Merlo beans. Which I think guarantees a coffee that is good, but not spectacular. I’m not a huge fan of the run of the mill Merlo blend, because, well, it’s a bit run of the mill. But it’s not bad – and it’s much better than running the coffee gauntlet.

Food at the Library Cafe, especially the cake selection, is prohibitively expensive. I don’t know who decided that a meat pie should ever cost more than $6. But that’s a trend that just has to stop. The slice selection is nice, and at around $4 represents better value for money.

On the whole the Library Cafe is a good option if you don’t want to walk the kilometre to some of West End’s more premium cafes. And the coffees are sold at a reasonable (read cheap) price. So it’s great value for money.

Robyn came along for the ride this week – and ordered her standard Piccolo. Which turned out to be something quite large.


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