11 Wandoo Street
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
+61 7 3252 3612
After spending an afternoon shopping in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, we were desperate for a late afternoon coffee session so that we could drive back to Goldie without falling asleep (well, more Marty than me). Fortunately, Campos Coffee was en route where we parked our car so we decided to stop by for some much-needed java.
Starting out as a Sydney thing, Campos Coffee has branched out to Brisbane and, as I’d found out only today, to Melbourne. The people of Brisbane warmly embraced Campos in 2010 and now, the café and its retail store are a must-go-to destination for those wanting a good caffeine hit.
Finding the café itself isn’t an easy feat. You have to walk past a fishmongers’ dumpster (lovely!) and walk down a long alley. Once you see the milk crates, though, you know you’re there. For some reason, I thought this arrangement was very Melbourne.
We were told that the kitchen had stopped cooking lunch ages ago but that was okay because all we wanted was coffee. We grabbed a table by the entrance and after placing our order, I grabbed a copy of GRAM magazine which is now available on the streets of Brisbane (what’s with things branching up north? Not that it’s a bad thing, mind you!).
My latte ($3.50), made with the famous Campos Superior Blend was glorious. While there are heaps of single origin beans from regions as diverse as Bolivia and Kenya, there is a reason why the Campos Superior Blend is the default go-to drink for most. Made with an intoxicating mixture of beans from El Salvador, Rwanda and Papua New Guinea, it’s a very strong blend with great depth, a hint of fruitiness and a strong chocolate-y finish.
Marty had the café coretto ($4.50), essentially espresso with a 15ml shot of grappa in it. According to Marty, the coffee was slightly burnt but apart from that, had all the makings of a good brew. It was robust and strong on the nose, while the grappa was strong enough to cut through it without tasting like mentholated moonshine (using a $100 bottle of good quality Italian grappa as opposed to the cheap stuff did have something to do with it though).
We left the café as things were about to wind down. I can see myself coming to Brisbane more often in the future so if I’m ever at Campos again (highly likely), I will be likely to order a serving of savoury mince, haloumi and fried eggs or their crispy duck salad with fried wontons. In the mean time, Carlton isn’t very far away if the urge for a Campos coffee fix arises.