Walking into Blackboard Coffee is like walking into my minimalist interior decorating dream.
With its crisp white interior, warm wood accents and welcoming open kitchen, you immediately feel relaxed and ready to get your coffee on.
Coffee is clearly a passion at Blackboard where they have recently purchased their own roaster and plan on experimenting with roasting their own beans over the next couple of months.
In the meantime their beans are sourced from the caffeine magicians at Cup Coffee roasters in Brisbane
Coffee is the order of the day, as it is first up on their menu with an offering of three ways in which to have it: filter, house blend or coffee of the day.
A volumetric flask soon appeared on the table, a quirky way in which to serve their lovingly prepared filter coffee.
Gentler than my usual long black, the citrusy flavour bursts in your mouth and quickly mellows out into a smooth and surprisingly pleasant tobacco taste.
Blackboard’s house blend, a 50/50 mix of Colombian and Brazilian beans, was sampled in long black form where a strong, nutty aroma enticed me into this well bodied, sharp, and full flavoured drink.
The winner of the day for me, and it was a difficult competition to judge with so many worthy opponents, was an espresso of the coffee of the day Cyebumba: a Rwandan single origin whose sweet chocolate and nutty aroma would drive even the most fervent non-coffee drinker into fits of desire.
This is the sort of coffee caffeine-filled dreams are made of with its big strong nutty hit that instantly smooths over the tongue into a flavour sensation.
I had to have another hit and ordered a piccolo, which was once again sweet and nutty like the espresso, but with the added element of creamy goodness to end my experience on a lighter note.
Blackboard Coffee has recently opened up two more locations at Capri on Via Roma and ESPL on the Esplanade in Surfers Paradise.
With coffee this good they are worth the visit. Blackboard Coffee is at 7/240 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes.