Dramanti Artisan Roaster is tucked away at the back of a Wynnum carpark that sits between a Pizza Hut and a fast-food Indian takeaway. Apart from a small A-frame sign, it's not easily visible from the main drag, and you could live in the area for years without actually knowing it exists. Behind that hidden door, you'll find your new favourite cosy coffee retreat.
While they have a wide selection of baked goods and bagels, as well as a full brunch menu, the big focus of Dramanti is the coffee itself. This is reflected in the free, coffee-themed reading material and the decor, with walls bedecked with plantation photographs and maps of coffee-growing regions.
A high-quality espresso machine dominates the barista bench, to provide the usual flat whites and long blacks (espresso-based coffee is definitely the bulk of their daily production), but the regularly changing filter coffee options are where Dramanti really shines. The baristas are well-informed and passionate about their product: where it comes from, how it was prepared, the tasting notes. Yes, tasting notes: you can treat coffee like you treat a good wine. Staff can even offer recommendations about how best to brew the beans yourself, as they sell these on-site - and at present, you still get a free takeaway coffee with purchase of beans!
Filter coffee' here doesn't just mean an American diner-style percolator. These filter coffees are a gentler kind of infusion that brings out the different flavours of that wonderful caffeine bean. While an espresso roars through you, banging into your taste buds with its characteristic bitterness, the artisanal filter is for when you'd like undertones, complex flavours and a delicate touch to your black coffee. It's not for everyone, and the price is a bit higher to match ($6), but if you're curious about new coffee possibilities then a Dramanti weekend visit is a great place to start. And hey, if you get hooked on that filter flavour, Dramanti also sells all the paraphernalia you need to be an at-home coffee snob.
Aside from cakes and pastries, the breakfast menu options range from spiced fruit and nut toast ($4) to the seasonal quinoa porridge ($12). Larger brunch meals include smashed avo on turkish ($12), a breakfast burger ($15), eggs benedict with smoked salmon ($17) and a regularly changing specials board.
Dramanti use free-range eggs, and their meat meals can generally be made vego/vegan if you ask. When the weather starts to warm up again, you could try their selection of cold brews, sodas and a refreshing spro spritz - double-shot espresso with honey and sparkling mineral water.
If you're not in the Bayside area, Dramanti also have a roastery at Morningside. While they do supply their coffee to other cafes, the actual Dramanti locations are still definitely getting the best out of those beans. Having lived in serious coffee cities like London and Sydney, I can honestly say that Dramanti is up there with the best. If coffee is more than just your caffeine habit, or if you're curious about the world of hipster filters and Aeropress, then Dramanti understands you.