Coffee review: Espresso Bonsai  


66 Thomas Drive, Chevron Island

Framed by, and seemingly under the protection of a beautiful Poinciana tree, Bonsai Espresso is a place of contemplation and enjoyment, much like the miniature plants that were once grown and bought at the site before coffee became the precious commodity of choice for those who visit.

Opening two months ago, Espresso Bonsai has already become part of the daily routine for Chevron Island locals as they stop by on their way to work each day, whether to enjoy the coffee or feast on the delicious Providore wares stocked within.

Speaking with Karen, one of the three owners of Espresso Bonsai and a Colombian native who moved to the Coast five years ago, she informs us that their aim is “to bring the flavours of the farm to the city” and let people experience the great coffee of Colombia here on the Gold Coast.

As the first café to showcase the many complexities of Colombian coffee under the Urban Finca label, it provides another feather in the Gold Coast’s cappuccino (see what I did there?) as a flourishing coffee culture hub.

As an Urban Finca café, Espresso Bonsai’s single origin coffees come straight from the source, allowing them to select the best beans Colombia has on offer and roast them themselves. On our visit the Colombia Tabi was the single origin of the day, with the La Marzocco made espresso emanating a deep macerated berries and cacao scent, with a flavour that was high in acidity and had a unique savoury berries taste that ended on a deep cacao note. In cold drip form the flavours deepen, taking on a candied liquorice tone that is more mellow than the espresso, but somehow stronger as an overall drink.

Blackboard Coffee Roasters provides their seasonal blend as the house brew which currently consists of 40% Brazil Paraguacu ‘Semi-Washed’ and 60% Colombia La Norena ‘Washed’ beans, perfect for milk coffee drinkers. The scent coming from the espresso is an intoxicating earthy tinged, buttercream icing, with a caramel coated plum flavour. As a piccolo the addition of milk to the blend gave a condensed milk boost to the caramel and chocolate flavours of the coffee.

With the aim of educating coffee lovers about the journey of the coffee from farm to cup, Espresso Bonsai are more than happy to have an animated conversation about the adventure these glorious little beans have before they end up as your favourite caffeinated drink.

Open from 5:30am to 2:00pm Monday to Friday and from 6:00am to 1:00pm on the weekends Espresso Bonsai is well worth the visit to learn more about, and better still sample, the best coffee that Colombia has on offer.

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