Red Brick Espresso is a popular café located at Curtin, less than ten minutes south of the CBD. Every time I have driven past this café, especially on weekends, it is always full of happy locals sitting outside enjoying the sunshine with friends. One of the reasons for their popularity is their own brand of delicious coffee, which they roast and grind themselves. They also supply their coffee to a number of cafes and restaurants around Canberra and you can buy some for yourself when you visit the café.
A beautifully decorated Cappuccino, with a subtle and creamy taste.
The café itself may not have the most beautiful façade looking out onto a main road, however this doesn't detract from its popularity.There are a number of milk crates piled high outside the cafe which I always thought were waiting to be picked up, however they are left there for people to sit on when the tables are full. The outside tables are popular with locals as they can chat to friends as they walk by, sit with their dogs or have a rest after a bike ride around the city.
Inside there is bench seating for tables for two as well as a few larger tables for four or more. The seating area in front of their mural has recently opened up, as their large coffee roaster previously took pride of place in this space for customers to look at. Due to Red Bricks' popularity, the grinder has now been moved to create more table space inside and room to admire the mural of their cafe.
Of course it's not just the coffee that draws the crowd, it is also the food. The menu is a mix of light lunches and all day breakfast items, as well as a small selection of cakes to choose from. Their main focus is on the coffee, so the food is light to enjoy with coffee. They don't have a full sized kitchen, but what they lack in space they make up for it in taste. I ordered the smashed avocado on sourdough toast ($13.90) and what I received was beautiful to look at, but also extremely delicious. I would come back time and again for their avocado blend of flavours alone, although I am tempted to see what other items come off their healthy menu.
What I enjoyed about this café was how relaxed and slow it was. The baristas and staff are friendly, however they go quietly about their business. The music is edgy yet relaxing. Redbrick Espresso is just a chilled place to have a meal with friends or sit alone, like I did, with space to just be and not feel pressured to move along.
Redbrick Espresso has been open for four years with a large following and I can see why. With good coffee and simple and delicious food, it is a handy location close to the city to enjoy breakfast or lunch with friends. With concrete floors, exposed red brick walls, basic furniture and a hip vibe - it has all the ingredients of an enjoyable city café.