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What's your favourite brew

Posted on 19 September 2018

We want to ask you a question: what sort of coffee do you like?

Here at Pialba Place we love our coffee. It puts a spring in our step and adds a social element to the morning routine. As you can imagine, we're grateful to have such great coffee right on our doorstep.   Pialba Place and the neighbouring streets have lots to offer the average coffee lover. You can't go wrong when it comes to getting a good brew but there are a few things to consider. That's why we ask - what's your favourite kind of coffee?

Getting to know coffee

Australia has a unique coffee culture that's led to a recent boom in cafes roasting their own beans. That's great news - it means lots of deliciously fresh Australian-made coffee.   Australians take their coffee seriously and we're happy to put our stamp on the way coffee is served. It was us Aussies, in fact, that invented the "flat white", now one of the world's top coffee requests.   That said, our coffee choices are largely influenced by Italian-style drinks. On almost every cafe menu you'll find: 

  • Espresso/short black: a straight shot of coffee with nothing added.
  • Long black: a double shot of espresso added to hot water.
  • Cappuccino: a shot of espresso with a small amount of hot milk, topped with foamed milk and chocolate powder.
  • Flat white: a shot of espresso with slightly frothed hot milk.
  • Latte: similar to a flat white but with more frothed milk.
  • Macchiato: a shot of espresso with a small amount of foamed milk.
  • Mocha: a latte with cocoa powder added, giving it a chocolate flavour.
  • Ristretto: a shot of espresso that's stopped short (after about 10-15 seconds).
  • Piccolo: a ristretto with frothed milk, served in a small glass. A smaller version of the latte.

Knowing what you love

If you know what it is that you love about coffee you can set to work finding the right cafe/restaurant/bar/takeaway for you. We've done some investigating to start you off.

If you love Italian flavour...

Su Jus Bar serves up Piazza D'Oro Espresso as well as nourishing sandwiches, salads and raw desserts. Piazza D'Oro premium espresso blends have strong personalities and the brand is a popular choice among Australian baristas. It's farmed in a sustainable manner and consistently exceptional. Check it out next time you're in Pialba Place! From delicate to complex, to rich and full-bodied, Su Jus Bar serves up coffee for the serious coffee fan.

If you love the aroma...

If it's the aroma of coffee you can't get enough of, step inside CakeBakeBrew. An Independent and locally owned and operated bakehouse it combines the smell of freshly baked bread with the smell of freshly ground Wolff Coffee beans. Wolff Coffee Roasters are masters of the coffee craft and have been at the forefront of Australia's coffee industry for 30 years. Based in Brisbane, the beans don't get any fresher and this is evident in the aroma it produces.

If you love free donuts...

Donut World offers a free donut with every hot drink. Yippee! The donuts at Donut World are baked fresh daily and include cinnamon, custard cream, chocolate jam, jam and iced donuts. You can also grab a savoury bite with dim sims, potato scallops, garlic chicken balls, chiko rolls, dagwood dogs, hot chips and more. Prefer a sandwich with your coffee and donut? Donut World makes those fresh to order too!

If you love affogato...

Giovanni's Pizza Bar is a true taste of Italy. Giovanni graduated as a master chef from the Rome International Chef's School in 1989 and has cooked in Naples, Costa Rica and for stars such as Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Sylvester Stallone. He also cooked at the famous Festival of Olives, where he took out the title of Best Italian Chef in Western Sydney.   Giovanni's is not just about good food though, it's also home to an incredible affogato. A decadent, soul-warming dessert it's a scoop of Giovanni's specialty ice cream "drowned" with a shot of hot espresso. Delicious.

If you love cold coffee...

An iced coffee you can get just about anywhere, but a nitrogen-infused coffee? Not so easy. Thankfully the trend that started in America is now at CakeBakeBrew courtesy of Wolff Coffee Roasters. Nitro Coffee is cold brewed, extracted, then infused with nitrogen under pressure. It's stored in a chilled keg and served as a draft on tap. Just like beer, it offers a foamy head and one glass is never enough. Try it as a Guinness-like coffee or enjoy the fruity flavours of nitrogen infused iced tea.

If you love flavoured coffee...

Mum's Charcoal Chicken is more than just homemade secret recipes and delicious charcoal flame grilled chicken. It's also a place to start your day with a bacon and egg roll and a flavoured coffee. Mum's Charcoal Chicken stocks 1883 syrups, which has more than 130 years of fragrant history. Pure, simple, intense and powerful, 1883 syrups are the only way to flavour your coffee. We recommend grabbing a vanilla or caramel latte with one of Mum's homemade cookies on the side.

It doesn't have to stop there...

Prefer to brew your own coffee? Slip into the pantry aisle at Coles and choose from the extensive range of make-at-home blends. Or, take it to the next step and pick up a coffee machine at Big W.

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