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by Damsel Martin (subscribe)
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Published February 5th 2015
The most cultured brew this end of town
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Cup of Joe. Author image.

A few fascinating facts about coffee: It wasn't always a legal drug. Members of the clergy tried to ban its entry into Europe. About 15 per cent of coffee drinkers are addicted to their brew. Botanists can't agree on the precise number of Coffea species - some say nine; others, many more*.

Let's add to that just one more fact: there's something uniquely sublime about that first coffee of the day which no subsequent cup can ever hope to match. That is, unless you head to Arthouse Coffee on Brunswick Street, just a hop, skip and jump down from the Fortitude Valley Mall. It's a hole-in-the-wall place that looks casual and unassuming but its delightful brews will knock your little caffeinated socks off.

Espresso is sold alongside herbal teas, sandwiches, muffins, other sweet treats and a range of hard-to-categorise snack items (including the Bounce Balls I adore). Just order at the counter, grab a chair on the footpath, and watch the world go by. After all, this is the Valley, so there will always be plenty of free street entertainment.

Arthouse Coffee is part of the Judith Wright Centre, which is the beating heart of the Valley's creative precinct, and is home to cutting-edge cabaret, circus, dance, music and contemporary performance.

If your coffee has left you keen to work off some of that excess energy, why not make a morning of it by walking the Vibrant Fortitude Valley Heritage Trail? Other great spots to check out while you're in the Valley include the Endeavour Bookstore, More Wholefoods and Kwan Bros.

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A cheerfully bright exterior. Image courtesy Arthouse Coffee.


Courtesy of Steven Topik's engaging paper in the US journal Cultural Critique,

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Why? A footpath experience like no other
When: 7.00am to 2.30pm weekdays; 8.00am to 2.00pm Saturdays
Phone: 0423 517 814
Where: 420 Brunswick Street Fortitude Valley
Cost: Reasonably priced
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