More than anything, I love finding a café with a conscience and that’s exactly what you get at the brand new Silky Oak Espresso.
Located in Gordon Park (not Chermside West, despite what Google maps tells you), Silky Oak Espresso is set to be the first in what will be a franchise business for foster kids to own and run with the help of sponsorship.
First and foremost though, owner Carmela Baxter has ensured that her flagship coffee shop serves up superior coffee and baked goods, to keep the locals coming back for more.
Brewing up Toby’s Estate coffee is proving to be popular among the early morning commuters who drive down the busy Stafford Rd every morning.
Fresh cakes and biscuits line the counter during the week, with unique options including raspberry and thyme friands.
We tried the lemon and rosemary friand which was lovely, blending together a delicate balance of fresh rosemary and slightly tart lemon flavours.
On Fridays and over the weekend, Silky Oak also offers fresh pastries supplied by local baker extraordinaire, Crust & Co in Newmarket.
There are plans to expand to more healthy offerings too, with fresh sandwiches and wraps soon to be available for midweek customers.
The summer months will also bring vanilla bean gelato to the shop, which will become a mainstay for iced coffees and affogatos.
Silky Oak Espresso has a small outdoor seating area, furnished with brightly coloured stools that contrast nicely against the crisp white walls.
There is also dog parking available at the front of the coffee shop, so pooches don’t miss out on the new café scene expanding on Brisbane’s northside.
Silky Oak Espresso is at 114 Stafford Rd, Gordon Park, and is open from 6am to noon seven days a week.