It’s not every day a cafe opens in Brisbane that’s inspired by a Peruvian temple. But then it’s not every day a cafe opens that operates until midnight.
“It’s really hard to get good coffee after 2pm,” Cassie Porter says. “We’re at a stage in Brisbane where people want more and people are ready.”
Porter is co-owner of Coffee Head Co, which opened in South Brisbane in March. Porter and business partner Pablo Leiva are defying Brisbane’s typical coffee cut-off time of 2pm (if you’re lucky), trading until midnight seven days a week. On a deadline? In the weeds with assignments? Coffee Head is where to go.
This isn’t a lazy filter or big-box espresso afterthought either. Porter and Leiva are running Valley specialty coffee outfit Bellissimo’s Ultimo variation on Italian dark roast, backed by Melbourne hot chocolate brand Mörk’s 65 per cent dark milk river salt and 70 per cent original dark blends. There’s also a selection of AR-T fair-trade organic teas from the Sunshine Coast.
For food Flour of Life Bakery has provided a range of vegan baked goods, available until midnight every day. Porter and Leiva are also importing fancy Peruvian La Iberica vegan and milk chocolate bars. In future, vegan desserts and cheesecake will be added to the menu.
The shop itself is near the old Expo 88 Skyneedle on Manning Street. It’s a straightforward space with floor-to-ceiling windows and a heap of Chavín-style art scattered about the dark walls. A scarlet chesterfield couch is the defining feature, particularly after the sun goes down when the cafe takes on the feel of a moody, caffeinated bolthole.