Coffee Anthology in Brisbane’s CBD is owned by Adam and his wife WaiYee. The cafe is unique because it brings the heart of the Melbourne coffee scene to Brisbane’s doorstep. This would be the perfect venue for a Bean Brewding coffee tour. The exterior has a modern use of vertical wood and a courtyard with a surprising amount of seating for the CBD. The inside is welcoming. The exposed brickwork and painted steel water pipes underpin shelving full of barista toys and coffee beans. There is some seating at a bar overlooking Adam and David as they work the La Marzocco Strada EP. There’s some more at the window to watch the CBD hustle and bustle, that shuffles past in apparent silence.
Coffee Anthology is regarded as a Beanhunter ‘New & Noteworthy’. It seems fitting an anthology is noteworthy, especially when a quill can be found nestled in the logo. A soon as you sit down Casey will bring you a sparkling water to cleanse your palate before your coffee. The coffee menu is constantly changing and offers the best coffee roasters from Melbourne. On the espresso machine Adam pours the shots and David textures the Uncle Joe’s milk. Every dose is ground in the Mythos One grinders and carefully weighed. Adam once threw out 6kg of beans because they were not producing the espresso he wanted to serve to his customers. An example of his passion, which we first encountered at Pourhouse, to bring you the best coffee experience possible.
We ordered a round of espresso coffee, it came beautifully presented with an information card so we knew where it was from: short black and shlong from Axil Coffee Roasters Hawthorn, El Salvador Llano Grande; short black, shlong and piccolo from Padre Coffee Melbourne, Daddy’s Girl blend. The Llano Grande exploded with blackcurrant, the Daddy’s Girl worthy of purchasing a bag and taking home to score brownie points with Mrs Brewding.
Round two (more like round three) was filter coffee through a V60 and bluetooth enabled Acaia Scale synced with an iPhone App. That’s right, an App directs you to follow a recipe, pour when you’re told and even share your brew with the online coffee community so others can enjoy the experience. David selected a Panama Geisha Esmerelda Mario San Jose roasted by Dukes Coffee Melbourne. There was a cacophony of flavours with Tangerine upfront and when cooled a taste of white chocolate. We could not believe it, never had we experienced white chocolate … coffee never stops amazing us.
It was nearly time for us to leave when Adam asks ‘another coffee? Syphon?’ We only had ten minutes spare. ‘David can make a syphon in five,’ said Adam. Out of the shelves arrived the infra-red heat lamp (Hario Halogen Beam Heater), certainly a spectacle for the customers who had never seen one before. David lovingly prepared us syphon coffee using an Ethiopian Tabletop Sunny single origin roasted by Proud Mary Coffee Collingwood. As soon as we sipped we knew it was worth staying for. Sweet strawberries popped from the cup, so sweet and delightful.
Coffee Anthology in Brisbane’s CBD is certainly noteworthy offering the best of Melbourne coffee prepared and served with passion.