The inner city isn’t short on coffee options, but those seeking a quality pit stop down near the Supreme and District Courts would be wise to check out CUBIC. The brainchild of coffee lover Richard Barthes, CUBIC is a chic hideaway space that occupies the space formerly home to Alen’s Espresso Bar at the base of 420 George. A interior refurbishment has established a moody Brutalist-inspired aesthetic comprised of concrete composite, oak timber, black metal and spots of greenery. As for CUBIC’s offering, Richard is looking to do justice to Alen’s legacy while also taking a modern approach to coffee service. Beans from Toby’s Estate are used for Cubic’s white and black coffee, while a rotating selection of single-origin beans are used to make cold-brew and nitro coffee. Cubic is also dispensing kegs of kombucha, while freshly baked pastries, raw vegan sweets and Smørrebrød-style open sandwiches are available for those angling for a snack. Although Cubic’s footprint will be on the small side, the interior boasts room for dine-in patrons inside and on the footpath, including an eight-person meeting room at the rear of the venue.


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