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.