Associated with the Sun, a phoenix obtains a new life through arising from the ashes of its predecessor. That phoenix in question in Brisbane's emerging cafe culture is Beanbag Espresso, born from the ashes of the much loved but now closed Bowerbird Cafe - they've downsized in regards to space, but not quality. Located in Wavell Heights, just 9km north of Brisbane's CBD, Beanbag Espresso provides both coffee and foods that were practically made to go with coffee, with a picturesque view of Brisbane's skyline.
This view of Brisbane's skyline can be seen just opposite the road from Beanbag Espresso.
Although my friend and I literally just had a coffee before we chanced upon Beanbag Espresso, the cosy little cafe looked so inviting that we had no choice but to check it out anyway - and we're glad we did! They have a range of baked goodies to choose from, including banana bread, nutella cruffins and carrot cake. There are also a range of muffins, with standard flavours such as raspberry and blueberry, as well as more exotic tastes, such as cheese, onion, & sage, and bacon, cheese, & basil. I don't usually have a sweet tooth, but the nutella cruffin looked too good to resist.
For those of you who don't know, a cruffin is a hybrid of a croissant and a muffin. The perfect croissant means getting the level of flakiness just right, whereas the perfect muffin involves it being tender and moist, without it being considered soggy. The cruffin at Beanbag Espresso managed to meet both the croissant and muffin criteria; added with softened nutella melting gently in your mouth, I was glad they only had the one cruffin yet, else I might have gone back for another!
From looking at photos of the coffee on Beanbag Espresso's Facebook and Instagram pages, all I could see was perfection in each cuppa that they brewed; the presentation, especially the coffee art, was perfect, with an abundance of positive reviews from their customers. I'm looking forward to try my usual soy cappuccino the next time I'm in the area! For the busy bees out there who are always on the go, you can text ahead for your coffee, via 0423792787. They also have a rewards system on the back of their business card - buy 9 coffees and get 1 free.
Literal perfection - photo taken from Beanbag Espresso's Facebook page.
Being a dog-friendly espresso bar, Beanbag Espresso also sell dog biscuits from Sweet Crumbs, a manufacturer of delicious tasting cakes and pastries based in Ashgrove. Biscuits cost only $1, and obviously smelled (and tasted!) delicious judging by how motivated Eddy was to showcase all his tricks in order to be rewarded with one.
For potential customers looking to spend a nice relaxing morning in a cafe with great coffee, Beanbag Espresso is the place for you. The interior design of the cafe appears minimalism inspired, which I find is a much nicer place to relax compared to when there is lots of clutter - my eyes would work overtime to try and take it all in. There are also heaps of magazines available perusal, in addition to brochures on local events and free postcards. They even have a deck of cards!
Jess, the sister of Beanbag Espresso's owner, Dee, was lovely to chat to, and gave Eddy the attention and pats that he craves on a daily (more like hourly) basis. When I asked her what she thought I must include in this article, she said for sure the CDs from local artists that Beanbag Espresso sell, for only $10 each. Music is a tough industry to make a living in, with few industries as tough as this one; supporting our local artists is another step towards establishing Brisbane's ever growing vibrant and diverse cultural scene. The singles I saw available for purchase on my visit were 'Love To Love' by Steve Tyssen, and 'Seven Metaphors' by Astro Travellers.
What I didn't know, however, was that Jess herself was also in the music industry! Alongside Mr Jonny and Ed Ruben, Jess Lean is the voice behind The Brains Trust, under Mank Industries. Follow them on Facebook to stay tuned on their next performances.
Eddy and I had no idea we were taking a photo with Jess from The Brains Trust!
Jess also let us know that on Fridays, Beanbag Espresso receives fresh orders of baked goods, including yummy vegan cupcakes from Cloverly Cupcakes; it's a shame it was a Wednesday and not a Friday when Eddy and I visited!
Looks delicious - photo from Beanbag Espresso's Facebook page.
Thanks so much for having us Jess, especially for all the questions you answered and tolerating my photoshoot session involving Eddy against various backdrops and props from Beanbag Espresso! From doing research for this article, I found out that Dee, the owner of Beanbag Espresso, is away for a few weeks while she recovers from a shoulder surgery; Eddy and I send Dee our warmest regards - we look forward to meeting you next time we visit. P.S. Beanbag Espresso is in good hands, with Jess in charge for the time being!