Coffee review: Quade & Co.

1/2098 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami QLD 4220

I don’t know about you, but when I was 19 years old I was a trainwreck. The same cannot be said for Isaac Quade who, in a seriously non-trainwreck manoeuvre, has opened Quade & Co. in his final year of being a teenager.

Having worked in coffee shops from the age of 14, and running one for the past two years, Isaac thought “Why work for other people when I can work for myself?” and enlisted his friend Chris Roach to help him open up Quade & Co. when the perfect space became available in Miami.

“The location couldn’t get better for us, so we are just starting off and seeing what works and going from there” reports Isaac, whose laid back optimism is reflected in the design of the café with white walls, wooden accents, greenery and a painted world map along the wall.

Coffee wise, Melbourne-based roasters Locale’s No. 141 is the house blend on offer, with Isaac hoping to expand the coffee selection with other blends from Locale, single origins and alternative brewing techniques as they pick up speed.

Let’s just start off by saying that the No. 141 blend is outstanding. With a huge punch of dried fruit, dark chocolate and smoky tobacco, an espresso of the blend has this glorious citrus acidity that continues to roll around in your mouth after you have taken a well-earned sip.  The aforementioned acidity cuts through the milk of a piccolo, which has flavours of salted caramel, dark chocolate and marshmallow that hits the back of your tongue. As it was a hot day on our visit I couldn’t pass up a much needed iced long black, and what a refreshing treat it was! It had a sweet citrus – almost cordial-like taste, making it the ideal hot summer drink.

Snack wise, there is a limited menu in store, with all the baked treats (except for the donuts) being lovingly home made by Isaac’s mother Alison.

Open from 5:30am to 1:00pm every day except Monday when they are open from 6:00am to 12:00pm, Quade & Co. at less than a month old already has a devoted regular customer base. We are sure if you pop in for a visit that you will become one too.

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