Allpress Espresso’s East Brisbane location feels like the quintessential modern Australian cafe. It’s an open warehouse space with wooden floors, metal and monochrome detail and greenery. And that’s okay given, Allpress was one of the first crews doing it.
Since starting in Auckland in the '80s, and then moving to Sydney in 2000 and Melbourne soon after, Allpress has been at the front of the wholesale specialty coffee pack. With cafes in London and Tokyo following soon after, it’s a brand that’s focused on building its exposure and knowledge in tandem.
The menu is similar to that at other Allpress stores (Brisbane's first was in Albion). The buckwheat granola, served with a balance of sweet blueberry compote and tart natural yoghurt, is a house-made recipe. The toast plate with egg, avocado and fresh tomato is the same from Melbourne to Tokyo. The cornetto pastries (a kind of softer Italian croissant) are ordered in then filled on-site with warm spiced apple or crème patisserie.
The coffee changes based on the market. In Melbourne they like a blend called Supremo, while it’s the Carmelo that runs through the East Brisbane machine. The medium roast has been a long-time favourite of Allpress’s Queensland wholesale customers. Cold and batch brews change regularly.