I mean this in the least offensive way (always a bad start), but coming to Brisbane from Sydney I was worried about finding a decent cup of coffee and having worked as a barista I am what some would call a "coffee snob".
I was delightfully surprised to find The Corner Store Cafe just west of the river in Toowong on the recommendation of my Cousin. The place it tucked away from the main road and had a minimalist look and feel. The inside is exposed beams and wiring with large spherical light bulbs with true nouveau hippy chic.
I had checked out the menu beforehand as (I do take breakfast very seriously) and it looked very simple but the recommendation was from a foodie with good taste so I decided to give it a try. Whilst the menu appears simple it has all is matched very well and there is a lovely mix of sweet and savoury breakfast options.
I went with the Zucchini and Haloumi Fritters with poached eggs, roast tomato, tzatziki and to top it all off smoked salmon. I am normally a big breakfast man. So when this arrived, whilst it looked lovely on the plate, this portion looked too small to fill my 11am breakfast/lunch needs. I was successfully proven wrong and this dish kept me going until dinner. The dish was presented beautifully, with perfectly matched flavours that work nicely in combination or amazingly all together.
Back to my opening sentence about the coffee. I drink a double macchiato and it is always a good sign when I order it and the waiter asks "Long or short?". It sounds so stupid but such as simple thing gets me going in anticipation of the possibility of not good but great coffee.
My first had a lovely rosetta pattern, the glass had been warmed and the coffee and been slightly under extracted. But still an excellent coffee. My second however, came out with a puppy dog face pattern on it (one of my personal favourites) and had been perfectly extracted, it was a house blend but it tasted like an ethiopian blend the unmistakable floral characteristics, ripe stone fruit, juicy citrus and honeyed sweetness.
Some people would say I take coffee slightly too seriously, but when you made coffee all day everyday for years and you drink black coffee with no sugar, every step of the process is vital in the end result. From the origin of the bean, the drying, roasting, (time between), grinding packing, tamping and extracting. You mike say all this in a simple cup of coffee? Yes! That's why when I find a great place I feel the need to shout it from a rooftop!
The place was very reasonable with breakfast and two coffees each for 3 totalling $61 (plus a tip for excellent service). Excellent value for a excellent product. Will definitely be spreading the word and be coming back on my next visit to Brisbane.
The only possible downside is they have separate lunch and breakfast menus. Breakfast is on from 7am-11am weekdays and 11.30am on weekends. Lunch follows this immediately and last food orders are at 2.30pm (last coffee 2.45pm). It's still worth it.