My sister is a huge fan of Campos Coffee in Sydney. When she used to live there, a trip to indulge in her favourite piping hot aromatic latte was a daily ritual. So when she visited me in Brisbane, we couldn't resist trying out the Campos Cafe at Fortitude Valley, to test whether it could compete with its sister cafe in Sydney. With my trusted mobile phone GPS, we walked around determinedly until we found the cafe off a little alley near the trendy up-and-coming James Street.
The café was designed in a unique manner, with colourful depictions on the wall in bursts of colour and little seats in the walkway. Although the view was not much to shout about being in the middle of a small walkway, they tried to make up for it with the interior design that made the café feel like a cosy hangout to catch up with friends. When we walked in, the waiters and waitresses were friendly, ushering us into the cafe with a smile.
I have heard that it usually gets quite busy on the weekends but as it was a weekday, we waltzed right in and chose a great spot right in the middle so we had a great view of the quirky fan in the middle of the room. We were also happy to look at the baristas whipping up coffee from fresh coffee beans on our right. The whir and gentle buzzing of the coffee machine accompanied by the strong smell of freshly ground coffee was fascinating.
My sister was definitely impressed since her regular Campos joint in Sydney near the University was so tiny, it was standing room only. Here, she got her share of coffee as well as a relaxing atmosphere to ponder and take everything in. Even on a weekday, people watching proved to be great entertainment from the hip crowd to yummy mummys and the preppy crew; all similarly wanting a pick-me-up and to enjoy its great coffee and décor.
Apparently Campos choose their own beans and roast the beans themselves, turning the freshly grounded beans into a liquid wonder. Their breakfast menu changes regularly if you live nearby and like variety with your food. Their breakfast items are at reasonable prices with a diverse selection.
Campos Café holds an hour cupping sessions as well for around 6 people in a class where you learn about different coffee bean processing methods. Learn how to develop your palate to differentiate the subtle differences in the taste depending on processing method or region of origin. For coffee lovers, a whole hour tasting coffee sounds like a dream come true especially since at the end of the class, you get to choose your favourite coffee and take a free take home pack to cherish. Try their unique coffee called Panana Esmeralda Special Geisha which I have heard is as distinctive as it sounds.
I tried the hot chocolate as well which was rich and silky smooth. My sister got her trusty latte with the trademark Campos logo on the top. She declared that it tasted just as good as she remembered and gave it a mark of approval.