Blackstar Coffee Roasters welcomes pocket-sized bro Small Axe in West End
Blackstar Coffee Roasters is somewhat of a pioneer in the Brisbane coffee scene. Opening on West End’s Thomas Street in 2007, it quickly made its mark on Brisbane caffeine aficionados – it was committed to roasting fair-trade 100 percent organic coffee, which was a rarity back then, and it was the first cafe in town to offer cold-brew coffee. Crazy how much has changed in ten years, huh? Holding true to its core values and continuing attracting coffee lovers from all over town, Blackstar has grown from strength to strength in the last decade, its most recent achievement being hole-in-the-wall cafe Small Axe at The Stores in West End.
Small Axe certainly is small, but don’t let its size fool you. The coffee nook packs almost as much punch as its older sibling – without the roasting facilities, of course. As with all Blackstar establishments, coffee is king here. Beans are brought in from the roastery, which has recently moved to Didsbury Street in East Brisbane, with the original house coffee Revolution Espresso being poured every day, alongside hot chocolates, chai, teas and Blackstar’s famed cold-pressed bottles. Feature origins will rotate on the regular, with an Colombian Piendamo Cauca espresso, and Nicuragua Dipilto and Ethiopia Anderacha filter features coming in November and December.
The coffee lauding doesn’t stop there. While Small Axe caters predominantly to grab-and-go (in addition to drinks you can nab gluten-free treats and soon-to-launch takeaway breakfast dishes), it strongly encourages visitors to continue their coffee journey when they go home. Beans can be purchased by the take-home bag and ground on site, and you can also pick up an array of coffee paraphernalia, including Aeropresses and pour-over equipment. Making the most of the pokey space, Small Axe has built a loft above its schmick Tasmanian oak coffee counter, which will soon be home to cupping and coffee appreciation events, as well as coffee education sessions.
If you’re aching for a caffeine hit right now, head to our Stumble Guide for Small Axe’s opening hours and contact details.
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