While driving down leafy Gerler Road, an unexpected treasure pops up at you and that unexpected treasure is the adorable shop-front that is Dandelion and Driftwood. Known as “tea and coffee crafters”, this little store certainly upholds its amazing reputation as a great place to catch up over delicious specialty coffee and tea – and as a lover of both of these beverages, and at the suggestion of my beloved friend Jasper, we headed out with my sister in tow to experience this café first-hand.
After a suitable amount of time spent coo-ing over the shabby-chic décor, attention to detail with the furnishings and menus, the intimidating array of menu-items, coffee and tea choices and unashamedly adoring the friendly staff-member’s uniforms, we finally settled down to coffees:
JAYNE – KENYA GETHUMBWINI ESTATE.
JASPER – DANDELION BLEND.
FIONA – TANZANIA BLACK BURN ESTATE.
The overall decision was that the Kenyan was the ultimate winner, mainly because it was mine, and damn, I love my coffee.
And of course, as our bellies were a-rumblin’, we decided to joyfully brunch on a selection of delicious toasted sandwiches and an exquisite zucchini fritata. The fritata arrived with a field’s worth of rocket and was so delicious, I had to keep my eyes adverted from Jasper’s plate, otherwise I would of consumed the lot. By the way, the meals are also very comically named and are just as fun to order as they are to eat.
After stuffing our faces joyfully with these savoury delights, I decided I had better try one of their freshly baked red velvet cupcakes that I had admired the day before on their Facebook page, Jasper decided to give their chocolate fudge a run for its money and we were both very happy with what arrived on our plates. The chunk of chocolatey fudge was served with a dollop of thick cream that melded ridiculously well with the sweet and creamy flavours of cocoa.
Served by staff dressed in jaunty bow-ties on crisp white shirts, we admired their wide-welcoming smiles and their willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to help out their customers. Shortly after we entered this domain of driftwood, Ikea-chic and splashes of feminine gingham, the tiny store was assaulted by an onslaught of cheery customers, looking for a delicious brunch to fill their stomachs. Clearly, the café is as much a local favourite as it is a Brisbane institution in the coffee industry, boasting four single origin choices at any one time and enthusiastically informing their customers on specific bean types and their flavours – in fact, so dedicated they are to providing coffee-information, that each cup is served with an informative card packed with information about the creamy bean deliciously presented in your cup.
This café is also known in Brisbane for it’s undying focus upon filtered coffee and it’s impressive equipment: notably La Marzocco, Mazzer, Über Boiler, Syphon and Trifecta (all of which, I had to information stalk, because I was far to eager to consume food to have much of a snoop-about). An added bonus is the vintage coffee-cart that sits just outside the store, under it’s broad awnings – so even if you don’t have enough time to indulge in a full-coffee-assault, you can still get your caffeine hit in a jiffy.
As the first café on Beanhunter to reach 100 reviews, I have to say that this café is a must-visit if you’re a coffee-fan/coffee-nerd/drink coffee. It’s cute. It’s chic. It’ll make you want to go home and refurb your living room and most importantly, it’s a great cuppa and feed at a reasonable price.
Price: Under $15 per main.
Monday-Saturday: 8am – 4pm.
Sunday: 8am – 2pm.
Public Holidays – CLOSED.
Phone – 07 3868 4559
Shop 1, 45 Gerler Rd
Hendra Qld 4011