The Daily Coffee Co. is owned by the University of Queensland. Let’s get that out of the way first up. But don’t worry, this is a long way away from vending machines and microwave rooms.
Firstly, it’s a looker. Deep in the CBD on the ground floor of the heritage-listed former Custom Credit House, the space is an extension of the university’s new lease on the top two levels of the building. The result is a polished, wood and marble-detailed nook, with plenty of light streaming in from Queen Street outside.
The second thing to mention is that for each coffee sold, The Daily Coffee Co. donates 20 cents to a charity you choose via a counter-top iPad. Causes range from research to student scholarships to local community organisations. It’s part of the university’s “Not if, When” campaign.
“All customers decide on a charity which they choose,” operations manager George Musat says. “Next year there’ll be some different charities as well.”
The cafe's community focus is also reflected in its choice of local suppliers. Coffee comes from Albion’s Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters. The house pour is an Indian-Sumatran-Ethiopian blend called Golden Ticket, with Moccamaster and cold drip also available. Nitro coffee is on tap, boasting slow-release caffeine (“Because of its slow extraction, it’s a unique coffee that gives a lot of energy throughout the day,” Musat says), as is nitro hibiscus tea, for a sweet alternative.
Organic sourdough is from Crust & Co, teas are from Zee Tea and probiotic water, kefir, comes from MYK's FFF Kefir. There are salads to nibble on, plus sweet pastries and toasted sandwiches. Even the mushrooms are local, grown a couple of streets over at Customs House.