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Published May 25th 2014
It's time to head for the bunker
Luscious lattes with a side order of wartime history. Image courtesy Bunker Coffee.
In the unique location stakes, Bunker Coffee has few equals. Nestled within the shell of a World War II air raid shelter, a mere block away from bustling Milton Road, it remains the perfect place to retreat.
Owner Marcus Allison happening to be walking past the underutilized site one day and found himself drawn to the structure and the creeping fig hedge that grows over and inside it - this, combined with the history contained within its concrete walls made it irresistible. "I ran a market stall previously, so was used to operating from a limited space," he says.
And a limited space it certainly is. The ceiling is low, which means tall folk practically need to duck to enter. Customers order from the baristas inside, selecting a locally-sourced croissant or other morsel en route to the counter, and then spill out onto the jumble of small tables on the sunshine-soaked footpath outside.
Bunker specialises in 'quality coffee' rather than a particular blend. "We decided to buy our equipment outright and not contract with any company so we can source coffee from all of Australia's top roasters," says Allison.
"We change coffee weekly, but always source from the best, quality-focused roasters. Locally, this includes Cup, Single Guys, Uncle Joe's, Marvell St and Cleanskin."
For those who aren't much into caffeine, some of Brisbane's best hot chocolates are also served here. This, combined with the eclectic clientele, make this little hole-in-the-wall a perfect spot to bunker down awhile.
Maybe they can tell what sort of person you are by the coffee you drink. Author image.