If you’re flying solo to taste the locally roasted coffee at Solo Espresso in Nundah, the train is the easiest option … unless you’re a Nundah resident navigating the back street labyrinth can be tricky! Of course don’t get off at Nundah train station … whoa that was a lucky check of maps … you alight at Toombul! Enough of the Indiana Jones, Solo Espresso smacks of a corner store, now coffee shop that is light and airy with artistic decor melding. Say what? Yes, decor melding … one bean’s description of the ‘flow’ of the contemporary decor! Too much talk, not enough coffee.
Whatever you think of the decor, we found Solo was a place we could easily chill and reminded us of a modernised CoffeeGuy. We had a chat with the owner/barista/roaster and consulted the coffee menu to decide on our maiden voyage of Solo beans roasted in the on-site 2 kilo electric roaster. There were two blends on offer: the Wild South Blend (Yirgacheffe Chelba, Sidamo Korate, and Guatemala Plan Del Guayabo) and the Fiery Central Blend (Brazil Serra Eleite, Costa Rica Liano Bonito, and Kenya Mukurwe) plus a Guatemalan Plan Del Guayabo single origin.
3 options – 3 Beans – 3 selections: long macch on the Central, latte on Fiery and AeroPress on Guatemalan. The milk based drinks were velvety and flavoursome, the Guatemalan was flat on the nose, drinkable but had no wow factor. Not to be deterred the black bean of our collective tried the Guatemalan again, this time as a self-created ‘Shlong’ or short/long.
For some reason when we ask for a shlong, it’s closely followed by polite weird looks. With directions darting everywhere, the first solo attempt of the shlong at the La Marzocco machine took flight and delivered a much brighter aroma and more delightful experience for the palate. Latte lad backed up for long macch on the Fiery to round out the second course … with the long macchiato being particularly flavoursome with sweet notes both at the start and also in the aftertaste.
The people at Solo Espresso are truly focussed on the locals and strive to meet their coffee needs. We’ve found a number of suburban coffee roasters have that ‘local’ view … Octane Coffee Co. springs to mind. We were joined by a Bean Brewding Coffee tourist, who was toying with the thought of making Solo Espresso his regular half way house on his afternoon trip back to the Peninsula.
The pièce de résistance of the visit were the parting cold drip iced coffees on the Central blend. This was off the radar when making earlier selections. What a way to finish the day … a real highlight, delivering delicate chocolate and berry flavours. So whether you’re flying solo or meeting up with friends, channel a local and enjoy the trip to Solo Espresso in Nundah.
7.5 Melded beans