Coffee Review: Nørd

1/5 Northview St., Mermaid Waters 4218
Open: Mon – Sun 6am – 2pm

It’s probably one of the least likely places to find a coffee shop, let alone this coffee shop – a little popup set in the light industrial area of Mermaid Waters amongst mechanical repairers and furniture makers.

Nørd, a collaboration between K-Bar and Meze and SW Studio Workshop is both a working coffee shop, coffee roastery for Kiva Han and a showcase for the amazing designs created by Studio Workshop.

We’ve got to tell you a little about the design, as it’s the sort of artwork you’d travel to see, and indeed that is what we recommend you do! Built into the front of the building with fold out timber awnings providing shade from the elements, the interior of the box-shaped coffee shop is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. 4,700 dowels, built to spec by a local business, have been drilled into the inside roof and walls on different angles using a 5 axis router, we’re told by Rory, one of the SW designers. The effect is much like a sea anemone waving in the current, its arms of birch rod reaching down towards Toby, who serves the coffee. Let’s get deep and meaningful here and say it’s part of the ‘north view’ ocean – the Scandi element of super-refined design in Norwegian birch meeting our own coral reef cavern. It’s pretty out there – a design triumph.

As we pull up a seat in the sun in which to enjoy our coffees, Bobby the bulldog, Nørd’s unofficial mascot, ambles over from his home at the adjacent panel beaters to engage in a discussion about what a good boy he is as he is lavished with pats. Our coffees are made swiftly, something that is definitely appreciated by the many workers who stop by to grab their morning brew.
The house blend is a mixture of beans from Papua New Guinea, Nicaragua and Mexico roasted by Kiva Han. The espresso has a big salted caramel scent with the saltiness carrying through to the coffee making for an intriguing and satisfyingly jammy drink. Surprisingly the long black of the blend offers more of the juicy fruit and chocolate flavours that the blend is known for. The pick of the day is without a doubt the piccolo with its beautiful butter caramel scent and rich flavours this was like a salted caramel banoffee pie in a cup, absolutely delicious!

So drop along there for a Kiva Han coffee and food to go, but with K-Bar and Meze now only open from 11am, Nørd aims to shortly be taking up the breakfast trade, says part-owner Toby Diamandopoulos. You could leave your VW across the road and have lunch ‘in the ocean’!

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