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Backstreet Espresso

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by Jane Wong (subscribe)
My dogs and I are kind of a package deal. www.instagram.com/eddyandsam
Published November 10th 2016
Social hub and (fast) take away coffee
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Backstreet Espresso's business card.


Where is Backstreet Espresso?

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!

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Exceptional customers service extended to dogs too - thanks for the cuddles!



How did Backstreet Espresso come about?

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".

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Outside Backstreet Espresso.



How's the coffee at Backstreet Espresso?

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.

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Coffee comes with a free brownie sample!


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Close up of the free brownie sample - how cute.


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Backstreet Espresso's pre-paid loyalty card.



Is there food available at Backstreet Espresso, or are they purely an espresso bar?

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.

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Backstreet Espresso's menu.


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Molten lava cake with vanilla ice cream - it literally melts in your mouth.


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Can I please please pretty please have a bite?



What's the seating like at Backstreet Espresso?

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!

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Outdoor seating.


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Indoor seating.


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Our favourite seat in the house, especially with the photos from all over the world in the background!



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!

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Never too old for board games.


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Magazines available for perusal.


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Dog bowl with fresh water provided for canine patrons of Backstreet Espresso.



What sets Backstreet Espresso from other cafes?

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).

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Some of the pictures on their wall.


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Hands down the best picture! Photo taken from Backstreet Espresso's Facebook page.


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Eddy rocking his Backstreet Espresso coffee cup hat!



How's the service at Backstreet Espresso?

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!

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All customers are served warmly with a smile.


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Eddy being cheeky and showing some tongue mid-cuddle.
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Why? Great coffee and exceptional service
When: Tuesday - Saturday 6am - 1pm, Sunday & Monday 6am - 12:30pm
Phone: 0401 048 611
Where: 12 Kenrose St, Carina QLD 4152
Your Comment
Eddy is such a poser, Jane - and I can see he really loves his cuddles. Another great article!
by Elaine (score: 3|6250) 945 days ago
A comprehensive information for this lovely cafe.
by ycwong (score: 2|512) 934 days ago
I love this article! The pictures are amazing your dog is so cute!
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1368) 947 days ago
Comfortable sitting area, beauful decorations and reasonable prices...thanks...
by lokyl (score: 2|408) 945 days ago
Their sister cafe is also awesome - Badminton Cafe.
by pocketdynamo (score: 0|4) 942 days ago
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