Crafted Coffee Co: review

The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre, Robina Ph: 07 5562 5626

‘How do you take your coffee?’

It’s a simple enough question, until the parameters of conversation move, and we talk about coffee being consumed as food as well as drink.

While technically not a food per se, coffee is recognised for its role in social engagement, leisure, enhancement of work performance and well-being. So, why not consume it with food as well as in a drink?

If you agree and are one of those people who enjoy a real ‘co romance’, Crafted Coffee will more than meet your expectations. Their coffee-inspired menu takes the bean on an extended journey through the menu of both food and drinks.

From cappuccinos and short blacks to pour over, vacuum, drip filter and cold brew, coffee is the specialty in this two-level day-night venue in The Kitchens; the only eatery to offer three meals daily as well as snacks and cocktails into the evening.

“Crafted Coffee Co runs on two levels, showing off the diversity and versatility of coffee, just like wine,” Svetlana Bitzios tells us.

Owned and operated by two couples, Gary and Sara Clasen, Adrian Bitzios and his wife Svetlana, who run the roastery, eatery and retail shop between them, each owner has a different role.

With a background in coffee and as a barista, Gary is Head Roaster, sourcing coffee from six different countries to roast in the Probat every Wednesday in the upstairs roastery.

It’s this ‘coffee power’ that inspires the whole operation. Coffee is the theme that ties the venue together, the signature blend featured throughout the menu. You’ll find it everywhere you look: coffee-infused rye bread and muffins, coffee and cinnamon butter to slather on the banana bread, coffee-marinated chicken, coffee jus on meat, espresso syrup drizzled over sweet French toast and pancakes and even espresso vinaigrette on salads.

There’s also some symbiotic trade taking place, with Crafted Coffee Co supplying coffee to several venues in The Kitchens, and Mr Pigs Bakehouse and Mark Daniels Patisserie supplying bread and macarons for Crafted Coffee Co.

The day starts early in the downstairs kitchen as breakfast is prepared, everything made on site. There’s the flexibility to experiment and change the seasonal café-style menu.

The all-day breakfast carries many favourites, such as Avo smash, the signature Pulled pork bene, the Vego’s dream or sweet favourites such as French toast or Ricotta pancakes served with maple or espresso syrup. Brekkie is supplemented by a lunch menu that offers sliders, burgers and salads, as well as a range of light meals.

Upstairs opens from 10.00am with a martini bar serving espresso martinis and coffee-based cocktails created by mixologist Nick Royds. Different beans lead to different flavoured cocktails. There’s even an extensive Affogato menu.

The menu includes tapas and cheese boards suitable for casual dining, with many quiet nooks suitable for a late afternoon or evening snack, the area doubling as a function area for up to fifty people.

Maintaining coffee as the hero, there’s a choice of two blends: The Kitchens (a mellow caramel) and their Signature, with dark, chocolate fruity notes or of course a cold brew that’s been bottled on site.

A range of sweet treats made fresh daily also feature Crafted Coffee Co’s signature blend as a key ingredient. From tiramisu or mocha macarons to vegan raw cakes, there’s a treat to pair with a Crafted coffee.

Spanning most of the hours that The Kitchens are open, Crafted Coffee Co takes us on a food journey inspired by coffee. If you need a bit more buzz in your day, it’s well worth stopping in.

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