Something is brewing at Hamilton’s Portside, with a brand new café serving up the best of Colombian coffee to the discerning caffeine-addicts of Brisbane.
Treecycle Coffee Shop is the brainchild of three Colombian friends Andreas, Victor and Ana, who source their coffee beans directly from Colombian farmers to create their own house blends which are served up alongside some unique single origin beans.
The house coffee blend uses beans sourced directly from three farms; one for acidity, one for sweetness and one for body. The result makes the most of the volcanic Colombian soil to create a wonderfully balanced brew that is strong and rich without being at all bitter.
Rather than provide everyday sugar, the café offers panela which is used widely throughout Latin America. These are the solids created from evaporated sugar cane juice that has not been put through heat processing. The result is not as sickly sweet as regular sugar, allowing the taste of the coffee to shine through.
While coffee is the mainstay of Treecycle, the café also serves up an array of healthy meals and not-so-healthy treats.
We tried the warm kale salad served with lentils, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, goats cheese, halloumi, walnut dressing and some optional chicken which was a superfood bargain at $10 a serve. This was an extremely moreish way to eat kale, with the cheeses and the walnut dressing turning a slightly bitter leaf into a very tasty meal.
An array of superfood smoothies are also available, made either on almond milk or coconut water. The thick mixed berry smoothie was nicely balanced without being overly sweet. It was packed full of bananas, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, Greek yoghurt, honey, chia seeds and coconut water.
Treecycle also serves up an all-day breakfast with meals including gravlax salmon and eggs, or a pancetta and goats cheese open grill.
A range of pastries also line the counter, which include a torsade twist, or for something more bite-sized, mini danishes are also available.
The rustic interior has a welcome homely feel in a complex that is known for its cool modernity. The back wall sports a giant portrait of one of the Colombian farmers from whom Treecycle sources it beans, reminding customers who is behind their morning cup of joe.
With future plans to host coffee appreciation classes, Treecycle will further encourage people branch out from their daily grind.
Treecycle Coffee Shop can be found at Hercules St in Hamilton and is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week.