So a series of events involving an early Saturday, a slip in technique at the gym the previous week and misjudged travel time left me in the trendy suburb of Teneriffe with over an hour to kill. Fortunately, I was able to find a cafe. After walking past one that had too many cyclists and another that did not have comfortable looking seats, I found Platform 6, a small restaurant on Vernon Terrace.
And a toasted sandwich
It was a nice cafe, with inviting seating and convenient location. $3.50 for a long black did not seem that bad, and I went as far as ordering a toasted sandwich too. It eventually arrived sometime after the coffee. I did not pay attention to how long after, I was too busy reading.
And the point
It was nice, and all up, it came to $10 in total. They have their own 100% Arabic blend that has a strong flavor. Platform 6 is not just a cafe; it is more of a food and wine bar that just happens to be open in the morning too. For a weekend coffee in the morning, it does the job, and is a nice place to sit and kill time.
Anyone who lives in Australia, especially Brisbane, has probably seen a Coffee Club. For those that haven’t, it is a chain cafe that was started here in Brisbane that has not built its business on adding sugary crap to coffee.
The other weekend one of my aunts was up from Sydney, so we all went out to the same place my Dad goes to every time we do this. I found myself at the Racecourse Road Coffee Club, Ascot. I eventually made my way through two long blacks and their big breakfast.
Personally I have found that their coffee is not the best, but it is generally consistent across their stores, and the food is fairly decent. I ended up having their huge breakfast. I was a little disappointed when I was not allowed to swap the eggs, which I don’t eat, for something that I did. Usually, I can do this.
I have recently started a new job working for Greyhound Australia as their Online Marketing Coordinator. Understandably, as a part of my first week, I needed to spend sometime with the IT department, to get a better idea of how things work and what systems they have in place. The IT department is in Toowoomba.
With a ticket for a Greyhound bus I was off that morning to the Roma street Transit Centre. There are not a lot of cafes in the Transit centre, but there was one called the Dancing Bean. The coffee was not too bad, and they had an extensive range of cakes. I did not see the coffee beans that they used, but the coffee was not bad. It kept me going for most of the day until I was taken to this small cafe in Toowoomba called Coffee, Tea and Me.
Wavell Heights has changed a little since the 1990’s. The housing prices have gone up, and the shops on the corner of Rode and Pfingst Road keep on changing. The bakery with their much loved pies and croissants is still there next to the Chinese takeaway, but across the road there is now a beauty parlour, a hairdresser and a new cafe, Nero Espresso.
Nero Espresso does a nice breakfast; I am rather fond of the egg and bacon sandwich. The cafe feels cosy and the decor is done in warm browns and reds with a well done feature wall. A box of children’s toys and a dogs’ water bowl by the door sit well with its laid-back, suburban feel.
The coffee does stand out a lot more in my mind though. Nero Espresso make a strong long black using a locally roasted bean called Velocity, done by Octane Coffee Co. I had mine with a single sugar, and I found it had a nice, strong, slightly rough flavour. It was good made at home with a stovetop percolator too.
Nero Espresso is one of a number of new cafes opening up in Wavell Heights and the surrounding area. As housing prices go up, and the demographics of the area change, there will inevitably be more coffee, and dinning options locally.
Finally, I had booked myself in for a haircut. I had managed to get an early Saturday morning booking at Identity Hair with Vass.
I arrived early for my appointment to what turned out to be a completely redone salon. The place had all but been rebuilt. It is worth checking out their site, though be warned, there is an audio loop.
The coffee was decent, and I had it with one sugar. I did not remember to ask what beans they were using these days while I was there. It was complemented by the small biscuit it was served with. Half covered with chocolate, it worked great with the coffee.