Lola Coffee at the Gabba was a place that we weren’t sure what to expect … and then after a few minutes of absorbing the space, the vibe, the aromas and Corrine’s (& Lola’s) story … even if our expectations were high, they would’ve been exceeded! We had intended to head to Lola’s for ages and then the upcoming Women in Coffee tour prompted momentum instead of inertia. The venue is cool in all senses of the word and yet somehow homely with Lola joyfully gazing down on you.
Not only does the genesis of Lola coffee have direct family links, so does the furniture. The amazing wooden structures were crafted by Corrine’s father in beautiful timber, predominantly from Tasmania. There is also strong coffee pedigree behind the counter. Both the roaster of the coffee on offer – Coffee Alchemy – and the owner of Lola have a long and illustrious careers in the coffee industry and this shines through in every cup for you as a customer.
We’ve had some delightful single origins as espressos and filters as well as enjoying the blend. The sidekick (AKA 1+ 1) was served as two separate drinks … when you were ready. Generally you get your black shorty and milk based cup served side by side … great for Insta pics but you feel like you have to skull rather than savour. If you enjoy tasty treats but not into coffee, Lola has a range of specialty teas to enjoy with the in-store baked goodies!
One of our favourite drinks was a sars coffee … what’s not to love. Two super tasty drinks in their own right, united in one sublime beverage. We’ve always been fond of different coffee constructions and this was special. If you’re keen for some coffee-fueled reflections, don’t just look into it … get into Lola Coffee at the Gabba.