Update – WSC has closed its door as a cafe to the public. Coffee Supreme will continue to roast at the venue. For your Coffee Supreme fix visit Day Made on Gibbon St, Woolloongabba.
The Woolloongabba Social Club is the home of Coffee Supreme roasting in Brisbane. The brand may have changed from the original Cup Roastery beginnings but one thing hasn’t changed … it’s still a place of awesome coffee. The Woolloongabba Social Club often becomes the Bean Brewding Office when it’s time to plan Brisbane Coffee Tours but mostly it still remains one of our favourite coffee chill spots in Brisbane. If you follow our flavourites, you will know that a Coffee Supreme bean often pops up as our favourite cup.
The Social Club an authentic industrial feel that is perfect for drinking specialty coffee in a roasting environment. The huge, and heavy counter was originally a saw bench on wheels and is a striking fixture along with the perfectly calibrated espresso machines. Josh once said to us, ‘we never serve, or sell, anything unless it’s the best.’ And seriously, we have never been able to fault anyone on this promise. If you enjoy impeccable coffee, time after time, you’ve got to get to The Woolloongabba Social Club! In cricket parlance, there’s no ‘wrong-uns’ at the Gabba … Roastery!
Once you have consumed the visual highlights of the roastery, the specialty coffee roasted on the Probat roaster is the perfect consumption companion. What the eyes feast on, the tongue savours! Whether you like your coffee brewed or filtered, black or white, Coffee Supreme Brisbane has coffee that will delight.
We have had long macchiatos on the Santa Clara from Guatemala, long blacks with hot milk on the side made on the 5 Star Day blend and mocha’s on Ethiopians. Each coffee provides a wonderful fusion of coffee beans, extraction and Maleny Milk. The long macchiatos were awesome – there was a fruity vibrancy to the coffee with a creaminess from the milk that delivered a coffee you could have time and time again. The Ethiopian Biftu Gudina has been a standout in recent times as a filter coffee … so many coffees, so little time!
On our recent visit to the roastery, we sat at the saw bench counter and chatted with the baristas. It felt like a scene from the wild west saloon, we sidled up to the bar and chatted to barkeep while he polished the glasses … whoops polished off amazing latte art. No wonder he went to Korea for the World Latte Art championships!
Back to the coffee … we had pour-overs on the Ethiopian (Yirgacheffe) Koke and El Salvadorian Alaska. This is also an art form – they meticulously weighed the coffee grinds and the water to ensure the best possible outcome for the drinker. The Yirgacheffe provided a fruity aroma and delivered amazing sweetness and brightness to the palette. The Alaskan was fruity and somehow tea like in flavour … thinking in Uncle Joe’s colour analogy, orange was the colour that came to mind. Using that colour to define a taste, we went for orange blossom tea!
From the outside the Roastery is somewhat inconspicuous, so look for the massive Lattice factory sign on Balaclava Street and you’re there … pretty much. If you’re keen to be social while sipping delightful coffee, get yourself down to The Woolloongabba Social Club.
(Photos kindly supplied by Chie Dahms)