It's smooth and velvety but still packs a punch without any bitterness, my perfect cup of coffee. Find it at Reverand's Fine Coffee in Fortitude Valley's Brunswick Street. It's the house blend.
There's all the standard options here but also the opportunity to try Chemex, Aero Press and Cold Drip versions.
To find Reverends, head from the Brunswick Street Mall towards the New Farm end of the street. It's only one block and is right next door to the 50-year-old Giardinetto Restaurant.
Outside is a fine old wooden church pew which gives a clue to the name, a nickname the owner Luke won in his previous life as a pastor.
The interior is very industrial chic with concrete bench tops, exposed brick walls and wooden tables. It's the sort of heritage working mash that fits so well into the edgy Fortitude Valley scene.
While the coffee is definitely worth seeking out, as Luke pointed out to me, they are just as keen on their tea here. Served in a delightfully quirky way, the tea options include Himalayan White (light honey, apricot and floral finish), Sri Lankan Earl Grey (Bergamot, orange peel, lemon peel and cornflower petals), Taiwan Oolong, and a very delightful peppermint and liquorice fennel tea.
The food selection includes options that are perfect for breakfast and lunch all day. There are plenty of snack-type choices, from muffins and cream cheese bagels (take me back to New York please), toast and nut loaf.
Their breakfast bowl includes an interesting mix of poached egg, walnut and beetroot mash, black rice, sautéed kale, sweet potato, lemon and tahini yoghurt, with pepitas. It sounds strange but intriguing and arrives looking as pretty as a picture. The combo works well.
My favourite on the menu is plain old spaghetti on toast. The menu describes it as a housemade heirloom spaghetti sauce served on Vienna toast. The verdict? My fellow breakfast diners felt it lived up to the promise. "Better than Mum's," said one very game person.
Ed+bK rating 4/5 stars
Bottom line: Flat white $3.80; Breakfast $12 - $15.
Best tip: There's extra room out the back of this small venue.
Disclaimer: Ed+bK was a guest and a return paying customer at Reverends.
Kerry Heaney is a food sherpa, travelling the world bite by bite. For her, it's all about where to go to eat and where to eat when you go, and she's been writing about that for the past 20 years. A writer and editor who contributes regular food and travel feature stories for RACQ's The Road Ahead and a range of other print publications, Kerry has been sharing food love through Eat, drink + be Kerry for eight years. Although dedicated to eating her way around the world, Kerry is an expert on Queensland food and has written the Queensland food component for several Hardie Grant titles. Kerry is immediate past president and a current committee member of the Australian Travel Writers Society (ASTW). Talk to Kerry on Facebook , Twitter or Instagram