My endless pursuit for Brisbane's best coffee recently brought me to Frisky Goat Espresso in Brisbane's CBD. I have hurriedly scuttled past this café most mornings for a number of years as I make my way to work. A combination of my desire to start work as early as possible and my scrupulous reluctance to 'cheat' on my local Coffee Depot with a competitor has meant I've never actually entered the quaint little coffee establishment. Until now.
Writing for Weekend Notes has slowly begun to liberate me from my territorial coffee scruples. My previous review of Bean Café was a watershed moment and now I find myself reviewing the most bizarrely named café in Brisbane's CBD: Frisky Goat Espresso.
Frisky Goat Espresso can be found at 171 George St in Brisbane's CBD. As you stride along George St, you're unlikely to miss Frisky Goat's simple but eye-catching signage and limited outdoor seating. The combination of its bizarre name and simple cartoon like logo draws your eyes almost against your will.
The main sign at the café's entrance claims that Frisky Goat offers 'specialty coffee without the ego'. A lack of pretension and egotism was immediately apparent as I entered the café for the first time. The café is very small with minimalist decoration and accoutrements. Frisky Goat occupies about one third of the foyer entrance to the Promoseven Place building and provides very limited internal seating and table space. Partly due to its space limitations, The Frisky Goat enterprise focuses mainly on delivering fast, high quality take-away coffee.
If you are more into the café experience and like to sit down somewhere comfortable and quietly sip your favourite coffee, this may not be the place for you.
If you are more into the coffee experience and can't get enough of excellent, smooth coffee, this is definitely the place for you.
Frisky Goat sources its coffee beans from the Golden Bean award winning and Queensland based Supreme Roasters. Its specialty 'sweet cocoa' blend features a combination of Sumatran, Zambian, Ethiopian and Columbian beans to form a very smooth, full bodied, medium-dark roast with subtle hints of chocolate (hence the name). Selections of excellent single origin beans are also available.
I placed my order for a 'sweet cocoa' blend cappuccino and barista-on-duty Ryan soon delivered my eagerly anticipated coffee. Before I had even taken a sip, I was already impressed by the sprinkling of finely chopped real chocolate in place of a cappuccino's more common dusting of chocolate powder.
The coffee itself was ultra smooth and without any hint of bitterness. The 'sweet cocoa' blend, with its smoothness and hints of chocolate is probably better suited to the milky coffees like latte, flat white and my favourite, cappuccino. Due to its smoothness and the subdued sweetness of the chopped chocolate already present, I recommend that you don't add any sugar so you can truly appreciate the coffee flavours.
While I certainly enjoy a big, strong and robust cappuccino every now and then, there will always be room in my coffee heart for the more subtle and silky smooth blends.
If you prefer your coffee silky smooth and a little lower on the robust scale, get down to Frisky Goat and try the 'sweet cocoa' blend. It won't let you down.
With Frisky Goat offering such high quality beans and blends coupled with fast, friendly service, it's not hard to see why it has gained solid street-cred and built up such a large and dedicated clientele.