The round-up: where to get locally roasted specialty coffee beans for at-home sipping
It’s safe to say that recent happenings have thrown our schedules into disarray. Our routines have been cast aside and now we’re having trouble keeping track of what day it is. There are few things keeping us sane and one of them is coffee. While we still try and pop out to nab a cup from our local when we can, we’re also really coming to love brewing fresh batches at home. Plenty of local specialty coffee outfits have an excess beans (available online or in person) for those eager to top up their social-distance supply. Here’s a hit-list of places to stock up if you’re running low …
Wolff Coffee Roasters: One of the biggest names in our home-grown coffee scene is ensuring we are staying caffeinated throughout the lockdown. Wolff Coffee Roasters is still slinging takeaway brews at Big Bad Wolff Espresso Bar, located at Wolff’s Hendra HQ. Here you’ll be able to pick up a few bags of your preferred roast – a fine natural coffee from Yemen or a washed variety from Peru, perhaps? Don’t feel like travelling? Hop online and order your selection or sign up for Wolff’s top-tier subscription service. Want to upgrade your gear? Wolff’s array of home barista equipment will have you tamping and pouring like a pro in record time.
Coffee Supreme: Although Coffee Supreme’s Gibbon Street cafe is closed for now, you can still get your fix of the roaster’s beans by jumping online. Here you’ll find Coffee Supreme’s core range – including espresso blends, filter coffee and coffee subscription packages – as well as plenty of coffee-brewing apparatus you can use to start or flesh out your home set up. If you’re out and about, you might be able to find takeaway bags of Coffee Supreme beans from Scout in Petrie Terrace, Anytime Coffee in Brisbane City and Reverends in Fortitude Valley.
Industry Beans: The Brisbane coffee scene is still reverberating from the landmark arrival of Industry Beans in Newstead last year, with many locals quickly becoming enamoured with the renowned roaster’s Newstead Blend. Although we can’t linger over a cup at Industry Beans’ chic Proe Street home, the cafe is still open for takeaway coffees and, of course, bean purchases. If you’re enjoying this new couch lifestyle, reach for the laptop and head to the Industry Beans website, where you’ll find an online store chock-a-block with goodies. You’ve got espresso blends, espresso single origins, filter single origins, specialty coffee capsules, equipment, gifts, merch and the roaster’s own coffee-bean subscription service. You can also find Industry Beans at Cups and Wells in Salisbury.
Parallel Roasters: If you’re keen to support local, it doesn’t get much more local than coffee for Parallel Roasters. The specialty coffee crew are roasting and shipping daily, with free shipping on all orders and discounts on orders over $60 and $80. If you want to ensure your supply arrives with regularity, sign up for Parallel’s subscription service (available fortnightly and monthly), otherwise you can pick and choose from the roaster’s selection of espresso and filter blends. If you want to get your hands on a pack ASAP, you can sling the crew a direct message on Instagram to arrange a pick-up from Parallel’s roastery, otherwise visit The Single Guys in Kenmore, Kelvin Grove’s The Menagerie, The Tiller Coffee in Alderley or Florence in Camp Hill and buy a bag of beans to go.
Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters: After closing temporarily, Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters reopened its cafe at Albion Fine Trades for takeaway espresso and bean sales from Monday to Saturday between 7:00 am and 2:00 pm. Swing through and pick up a bag or two of the roaster’s popular blends and single origins (the team can grind your coffee to your specifications), or jump online and place an order through Neighbourhood’s web store.
Passport Specialty Coffee: Boutique specialty coffee roasters Passport are hard at work roasting and packaging beans for those craving a jolt of energy at home. The roaster’s online store is where you’ll find Passport’s beloved blends (the full-bodied Arrival and medium-bodied Departure), single-origin espresso and filter, various brewing equipment and also Passport’s own nifty subscription service, where you can mix and match to suit your usage. If you’re looking for an excuse to (safely) leave the house, you can find Passport Beans at Vvaldmeer in Highgate Hill, Kit Gloves Coffee in Gordon Park and at SRVL1 and The Hideout in Brisbane City.
Fonzie Abbott: Ever busy, the team behind roastery, brewery and distillery outfit Fonzie Abbott are keeping one foot on the accelerator, taking its beans to the people whenever the opportunity arises. Fonzie Abbott’s Albion HQ is still open every day for takeaway coffee, beans and equipment (as well as beer, pizza and hand sanitiser). You can also find coffee-related products online, including Fonzie’s signature blends – Highside, Drifer and Boxer – as well as single-origin filter roasts, seasonal blends and decaf.
Sunday’s Coffee Co.: Although based on the Sunshine Coast, Sunday’s is still a beloved brew here in Brisbane. Online you’ll be able to order Sunday’s brightly coloured packs, with beans sourced from Bolivia, Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia. You can order a once-off delivery, or subscribe to get regular drops of your favourite beans. If you live in Paddington, hop on your bike and visit Tandem Coffee Co. to pick up a pack of Sunday’s Easy Like blend to enjoy at home.
Light Coffee Co.: Alas, beloved East Brisbane coffee spot Light Coffee Co. is temporarily closed for the time being, but the venue’s roasting operations are continuing as normal. You can still support the crew by purchasing beans online, including the roaster’s monthly subscription boxes (available for filter, espresso and combination – roasted and sent out in the first week of every month) or you can simply select your preferred beans from the web shop.
Padre Coffee: Specialty coffee roasters Padre are also partly based in Noosa, which to us makes them local. Production at Padre’s roasteries is still in full swing, with the team manically working to fulfil all online orders. Speaking of which, the Padra website is your best bet for securing coffee for home consumption. Padre’s Daddy’s Girl and Lucky Boy espresso blends and the Hey Buddy filter roast blend are available, as well as single origins from Ethiopia, Colombia and Brazil. Padre’s Fresh Crop subscription is a must for die-hard sippers – simply choose between filter roast, espresso roast or mix of both and have it delivered as whole beans or ground to suit your brewing preference. Prefer to buy in bulk? You can cop a six pack of kilo bags that will hopefully last you until lockdowns ease. Padre Coffee can also be found at Supernumerary Coffee in Salisbury, Superthing in West End and The Spot Specialty Coffee in Taringa.
The Black Lab Coffee Co.: While we wait for the pandemic to pass, we can take solace in knowing that we won’t run out of coffee – up-and-coming roasting outfit The Black Lab has got you sorted if you are seeking beans to top up your iso stash. The roaster’s website is kept up to date with the latest single origins and microlot releases, as well as milk alternatives from Bonsoy, Macamilk, Milklab, Oatly and Happy Happy Soy Boy if you are on the hunt for dairy-free additions. The Black Lab’s subscription service is also easy to navigate – simply select your bean, preferred grind, your ideal amount and how often you’d like to cop and The Black Lab team will take care of the rest. Blackout in Paddington and Red Hill’s One Eighty Six Espresso Bar are both amply stocked with take-home bean packs too!
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