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Published October 29th 2013
Sweet local cafe with fresh food daily and excellent coffee
Set in the nostalgic old Brisbane northside suburb of Windsor, Espresso House is a gem of a find. It's tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood but it pumps out quite a welcome and has been steadily building a reputation for friendly service and great food and coffee.
The welcome is warm and sincere and perfectly matches the decor which is eclectic, with coffee paraphernalia, social photos, old style kitchen gadgets and interesting little odds and ends wherever you look. It's cosy and fun and there is a range of different seating options, from the footpath at the front to the tables just inside the door and then the courtyard that stretches down the side of the property.
You can choose to stretch your legs and read in your own little nook or bring some friends and chat over tea and scones. You'll be made very welcome no matter who you are or how you want to pass your time.
While we were there, there was a table of senior ladies enjoying lunch, some business folk conducting meetings with laptops open on the tables, some happy couples grabbing a panini or some bagels and one or two loners enjoying some time out, sipping on a cappuccino or a delicious fruit smoothie.
Whether outside or inside, there's plenty to look at. Sit on one of the stools facing outward and catch up on emails while watching the passing parade. Keep an eye on the news on the TV on the wall; read the provided newspapers; chat occasionally with the very friendly owners, Michelle and Robbie; or bump into someone you know.
The meals are not cooked to order but rather, prepared in advance for the ultimate quick fix. Wander in, pick your fancy and it'll be plated up or packed up, whichever you need. Choose from gourmet bagels or Turkish panini loaded with fillings, stuffed filo parcels, fresh sandwiches, Italian rice balls, a plate of poached chicken or smoked salmon and why not go for the colourful side salad?
When you crave something sweet, there are Italian donuts filled with creamy custard, loads of Italian cookies and slices, danish pastries, scones with jam and cream, raisin toast and so much more!
Tea and coffee Espresso House Windsor serves Di Bella coffee and you can get 1-shot and 2-shot serves. They also serve a range of regular teas or a gorgeous range of T2 teas. If you love your tea served in a teapot with a porcelain cup and saucer, then you'll love it here.
The tantalising tea experience
Meet the owners Michelle is the foodie who puts all the glorious treats together and plates them up to look extra tasty! Robbie is the barista and serves up a fine drop indeed.
Owners, Michelle and Robbie
Surprises happen frequently
Michelle keeps things fresh in the food cabinet by coming up with constant surprises. One day there'll be pulled pork rolls, another day it'll be lamb souvlaki. Today you might find the most decadent, lavishly decorated muffins; tomorrow you could be spoilt for choice by the range of slices.