Backstreet Espresso's name is self-explanatory - hidden in the backstreets of Carina, a suburb just 7km east of Brisbane's CBD, Backstreet Espresso serves coffee bright and early at 6am every day, even on the weekends! With Carina being mostly residential in nature, it's no wonder Backstreet Espresso is a favourite amongst the locals - I saw many regular customers greeted warmly by name, with staff remembering their orders. Customer service is not taken lightly here!
Exceptional customers service extended to dogs too - thanks for the cuddles!
Backstreet Espresso opened its doors in June 2012 as a family owned-and-run business, Michael and his daughter Courtney (Courtz) have since grown their cafe into a bustling social hub for coffee connoisseurs. With extensive experience in the field, having previously run 'Zacks on Hawthorne' and 'Cafe Hawkens' in St Lucia, Michael and Courtz are "enjoying looking after the coffee needs of the lovely Carina locals on a slightly smaller scale than previous businesses".
Using Elixir coffee beans, Backstreet Espresso's coffee is perfection in a (takeaway) cup. I can honestly say it was one of the better soy caps I've had in the past 4 years that I've been ordering soy cappuccinos! Their quality coffee is matched with the speed at which they brew their coffee, which was exceptionally fast despite a constant line of people ordering coffees. They also have a pre-paid loyalty card system, for added efficiency.
Backstreet Espresso have an all-day food menu ranging from just $3.90 to $10.90. There are gluten free items available. In addition, Backstreet Espresso have a range of fresh cakes and baked goods at the counter, including a chocolate molten lava cake, warmed up and served with vanilla ice cream. Despite it being 7 in the morning when I visited, I decided that this would be the best choice for a hearty breakfast, the healthiest meal of the day - it was the best choice I've made in a while.
There is both indoor and outdoor seating available at Backstreet Espresso. Both options are equally comfortable with a relaxing ambience despite the hustle and bustle of the many customers lining up for coffee. There's even a fashionable little red couch that Eddy would have loved to sit (and shed fur) on!
What other facilities do Backstreet Espresso have?
Backstreet Espresso have board games available for patrons, which I loved because I am a firm believer that you can never get too old for board games! There is also a stack of magazines available for perusal for those who want a morning free of (friendly) competition. For the doggy patrons, don't worry - you haven't been forgotten. There is a dog bowl with fresh water for you to replenish your fluids at any time during your visit - thanks Backstreet Espresso!
Backstreet Espresso have one of the most unique ideas I have ever come across - customers take takeaway coffee cups from Backstreet Espresso and bring them on their travels, documenting the coffee cup with the sights and views they come across while on holiday. I saw photos from different states in Australia, from different countries, and even from different continents altogether! I love how they display these photos prominently in the cafe in place of other wall decor; it reflects how much Backstreet Espresso value their customers (and of course, vice versa).
Exceptional - friendly and helpful staff who just want you (and your dogs) to have a good time. Thank you so much for having us, Eddy and I are so glad we discovered this hidden gem on our side of town!