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Situated right at bus stop number sixteen on Waterworks Road in Ashgrove, this is the perfect sport for morning commuters to grab their morning coffee before heading off to the daily grind. Although in a busy location, locals enjoy the Dramanti coffee, made by baristas who know their coffee and how to make it. Dramanti are artisan coffee roasters, located in Wynnum. Their coffee is reminiscent of Eastern European coffee and has a nice little kick! As well as Dramanti coffee, a single origin blend is also available and is changed regularly to provide variety for those who like to mix it up.
Owner, Sasha Muchall, is known for his love of coffee and the great espressos that can be found at U&I Espresso. Whilst his passion is coffee, he also offers an all day brunch menu, which is light and tasty - from simple ham, cheese and tomato toasties to smashed avocado, tomato and haloumi on sour dough. Weekends see more substantial items on the menu, which changes seasonally. In an effort to provide top notch food to his customers, Sasha sources his meat from award winning, local butcher, Billy's Meats. Cheeses at U&I come from renowned Pandelyssi (located at Holland Park), where fetta, haloumi and ricotta are made by a third generation Cypriot cheese maker.
Whilst the décor here is not as flashy or trendy as some local cafes, the vibe here is friendly and homely. A nice touch is the provision of the latest magazines and newspapers, so that you can catch up on the news over your coffee and meal. Whilst some may find the busy road outside distracting, others will enjoy sipping and watching the passing parade. If this is all too busy for you, why not grab a take-away and head just down the road to Woolcock Park where things are a little quieter!