Whether it be drinking one of the finest specialty grade coffee or dining from the rustic all day brunch menu, West End’s roastery café ‘First Pour’ is the place you want to be. The friendly team of industry experts will guide you carefully through the beans, while ensuring your comfort is met in the purposely built environment.
Grab the opportunity to sit upstairs and watch Veneziano Coffee Roasters’ master roaster in action. Learning the art of making coffee is made easy, visit venezianocoffee.com.au/barista-training/. And YES, they do private functions of up to 150 people as well.
Veneziano Coffee Roasters – First Pour
369 Montague Rd
(07) 3846 0011
A Cut Above
Amongst the warehouses of Montague Road of West End’s riverside emerges Veneziano Coffee Roasters. Standing out from the drab surroundings with its bold grey and yellow colour scheme, it catches your eye, engaging your senses along with the glorious smell of roasting coffee.
Having been there for several years now, Veneziano’s has certainly been making a reputable name for itself in Brisbane’s coffee family. It has done so by building an empire, with a roasting house, distributor, coffee shop and barista training courses.
The trendy cafe grabs people, but I would like to say it is the coffee that holds them there. Available are a range of blends and single-origins that are on constant rotation, offering something new and exciting with each visit.
On my visit I got to sample their Forza and Bella Vita blends, each with their own characteristics. The Forza blend was robust, stronger in body, offering a smooth yet deep flavour. On the other hand, the Bella Vita offers something far more subtle and smoother than the Forza blend, ending with slightly acidic fruity hints. The single offer of the day was the El Salvador, labelled to have a ‘Vibrant citric acidity’, which it most certainly does, as a black coffee (a short black in this case) coming across as quite tart. However, as a flat white or milky coffee it takes a whole new form, mellowing out completely, offering a coffee far smoother and delicate.
Veneziano Coffee Roasters joins an army of roasters in the West End, although this isn’t seen as being a problem, far from it, being more of a strength than anything else. “Competition is good,” barista, Robbie Lynch, states bluntly. “It keeps the standard high.” Competition thereby forces the likes of Veneziano’s to push their boundaries further and further in pursuit of that next level – maintaining a high standard.
This is further embellished by the friendly staff, who warmly greet you like a long-lost friend as you take a seat either upstairs or downstairs in the cool urban setting. Their coffee knowledge is world-class, no lie, as demanded by such a reputable establishment; but it is their passion above all that stands above the rest. A cut above.
Keagan Elder – Coffee Blogger: WestEnd online