Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Campos Coffee @ Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

I have a friend, S who i worked briefly with in Malaysia who was under a secondment from Brisbane. Having been in Brisbane for a couple of years, it was a no brainer to go to him asking for recommendations.

So one day i asked:

"Hey, where can i get good coffee with Melbourne as the benchmark?"

(Now S being a Sydney-sider who in general deems everything that comes out from Sydney to be the best and anywhere else particularly Melbourne as inferior ..)

"Mate, let me say Melbourne is a sh*thole and do not ask me to make comparisons with Melb to anything. Everything and anything is in Sydney. Full Stop!! :-P"


With that in mind that Sydney is the best, my friend suggested one weekend we go to Campos, an award winning coffee specialist from where else but Sydney!

Determined to keep an open mind, i was slightly disappointed to see that the baristas did look a bit on the young side and looked like they were rushing out their coffees; not a good sign to a good coffee. However, they do serve double ristretto latte and they do a cold drip too, signs that they take their coffee seriously. 

The cold drip coffee was served in a wine glass, apparently to give you a better whiff of it when you smell it. Smooth on the palate without being too bitter, this was a good choice for the rather sunny morning.


The moment of truth; was the coffee miles better than a Melbournian coffee? Certainly comparable and i think just about on par with the coffee in Melbourne but definitely not miles ahead. Unfortunately when i read of reviews of the Campos in Sydney, everyone raves about it though. Despite the fact that this might not be the real deal from Sydney, it is still definitely a cup of decent brew and i am comforted by the fact that i can get hold of a good cup somewhere in Brisbane instead of the horrid stuff i get at my office lobby.

How about the breakfast items?

The Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon. The only qualm is the heat from the egg and tossed spinach had totally cooked off the salmon which i didn't like. Otherwise, they did a beautiful job with the poached eggs which came with runny yolks. 

Forgive my poor memory but this was the dish that had chorizos and potatoes topped with the sunny side egg. A rather unorthodox breakfast item, it seemed rather odd to eating pieces of roast potatoes for breakfast and could have done better, if it came with a slice of toast.

Another variation of smoked salmon on toast came with a rocket salad on top. Being a rather cold dish, the smoked salmon remained its original texture.

Breakfast with coffee comes up to about AUD 20 per pax. Not as cheap as eating breakfast at home but dollar for dollar, i would be struggling to get anything of this quality back in Malaysia. A place that i can console myself with Sydney coffee since Melbourne coffee is almost impossible to get around in this part of town.

Address and contact details:

11 Wandoo St (just behind James Street Market),
Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006

Tel: (07) 3252 3612

Open Daily 9am-5:30pm

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. The breakfast items could have been better and it was quite hot to sit al-fresco (as it is quite a small place) but the coffee is definitely one of the better ones i had in Brisbane.

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Life for Beginners said...

The cold drip coffee in a wine glass just looks so cool.

J said...

"Console" yourself with Sydney coffee? Lol. Don't let your Sydney-sider friend hear you say that - he'll probably start ranting at you. :P

Michelle Chin said...

Eggs Benedict!!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mchin: yeap!!

j: haha he pops by once in awhile, its meant for him =)

lob: its refreshing, that for sure.

thule a.k.a leo said...

do not convert... do not convert :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: i stopped converting long time ago d =)

Sean said...

Yikes! So if a bunch of guys from Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth all get together and start discussing which of their cities has the best coffee, they'll all end up in a fistfight, rite :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: well i best avoid that scene..

Grazia Amethyst Lim said...

I like the part - horrid stuff i get at my office lobby. HAHAHAHAH!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

grace: most days are ok, but that afternoon i had one, it was just plain horrible!

eiling lim said...

i got the real deal at Sydney. The Campos coffee was a great place for a cuppa. I even had an affogato there and it was just superb!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

eiling: looks like the real deal is indeed in Sydney!

fatboybakes said...

rocket is to oz what taugeh is to us hor. it seems to be on everyyyyything.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: haha probably dont think its as cheap as taugeh in msia though.