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Published November 28th 2013
Cafe presents opportunities to stir it up
Almond and sesame chicken schnitzel Turkish. Jamaica Blue image.
When I heard a new cafe called Jamaica Blue had opened on Level 1 of the revamped Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, I immediately felt the need to satisfy my curiosity by heading down for a latte at least. I was hoping for a bit of a Bob Marley vibe - all reggae and rasta colours and dreadlocks and hemp - but what greeted me was something entirely different. Different, but still good.
As it turns out, the name Jamaica Blue comes from the longest mountain range in Jamaica which is considered to be one of the best coffee-producing regions in the world. It's also home to the exclusive single-origin Wallenford Estate Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee - though aficionados apparently also like the award-winning Jamaica Blue Signature Blend (sourced from five different regions) and the Jamaica Blue Organic Fairtrade Blend.
Plenty of options to choose from at Jamaica Blue. Author image.
Tucked away down the far end of Level 1 near the newly-relocated K Mart, Jamaica Blue is quite a distance from all the Gourmet Fresh Food precinct eateries located at the Moggill Road end. So it's not in a spot that's expected or obvious, but all those Christmas shoppers soon to wear out their shoe leather and their patience are sure to find it a welcome oasis.
There's a large interior with lots of nooks and crannies which are perfect for hiding away in with a coffee and a good book (or a newspaper or magazine, ample quantities of which are provided). Then there's a breakout area located adjacent to the cafe proper which will suit those who prefer to people-watch while putting their feet up.
The decor is tasteful and restrained, with just enough of a hint of the tropics to make you feel like you're taking a half hour holiday. Indeed, in Jamaica, the saying 'wan wan coco ful baskit' means that by taking time out to recharge, relax and reflect, you're more likely to reach the goals you've been rushing and striving for.
Jamaica Blue describes itself as 'built on two simple beliefs' - a belief in sourcing the very best coffee and a belief in using only fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Recipes are billed as 'simple and uncomplicated - classic dishes with a twist'.
Breakfast options include fruit bread, oats with banana and honey, pancakes, eggs as you like them and the whole big breakfast shebang (eggs, bacon, sausage, roasted tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms and toast). Lunch includes classic salads (Caesar, Thai chicken noodle), wraps, sourdough, steak sandwich, crepes and corn fritters.
Up until the moment I visited, I hadn't realised Jamaica Blue was part of a vastly bigger empire. Owned and operated by retail franchise company Foodco, it was born of humble beginnings 20 years ago, but now boasts more than 100 cafes in Australia, New Zealand, China, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore.
Other Jamaica Blue outlets in Brisbane are located in Carindale, Loganholme and North Lakes.
Beef and caramelised onion pastry rolls. Jamaica Blue image.