Coffee review: Substance Espresso

Shop 2, 10-12 Lae Drive, Runaway Bay

Research (that I may or may not have made up right on the spot) shows that the vast majority of the population require a substantial caffeine hit for them to even contemplate the day ahead of them, and luckily for the northern Gold Coast, substantial just happens to be the specialty at Substance Espresso.

Substance Espresso owners Jareth and Leah Smith have an undeniable hospitality pedigree. They are, after all, the wonderful people who brought us Daark Espresso. Being locals to the area, Jareth informs me that they opened Substance to fill a gap in the market, that he wants to see expand with the philosophy that “The more good cafes we can get up this end the better.”

Opening in December and serving up Open House Roasters coffee, an offshoot of the popular Supreme Roasters, which feature “beans that are ethically traded and sourced direct from the farm,”  Jareth informs me. He enthusiastically discusses their currently house blend Family, an espresso which is – in one word – tangy, with a grapefruit tartness and blackcurrant undertones that will no doubt wake you up with a bang on your first sip. A piccolo mellows the blend, but still maintains a sharpness with its salted caramel flavour. With rotating single origins and blends alongside Family, I was lucky on my visit to try out the new Pineapple Blend from Open House that is all about representing Queensland in all its glory. With a woodsy scent, the espresso I sampled beautifully encapsulated all the flavours our golden state is known for with a pineapple acidity, mango flavour and notes of banana, it is definitely worth asking for on your next visit.

If you are looking to expand your coffee horizon, Substance Espresso are also offering batch brew filter, V60 pour over and cold brew coffees. Never tried alternative brewed coffee before? Keep your eyes trained on Substance’s social media as they are planning to offer a sample of these coffees for free in the near future.

Open Monday to Saturday 6:30am to 3:00pm Substance Espresso is a café with what else, but substance!

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