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Veneziano Coffee West End

This Montague Road spot has reopened after renovations — and now lets you watch coffee roasting in action as you get your caffeine fix.
By Sarah Ward
March 23, 2022
By Sarah Ward
March 23, 2022

After two years spent sipping more coffee at home than you might've liked, you probably don't need need an excuse to hit up Brisbane's cafes for your next cuppa — but Veneziano Coffee Roasters is giving you a reason to stop by anyway. The West End spot has just relaunched after hefty renovations, opening up its warehouse and cafe space so that patrons can make the most of getting their caffeine fix in a coffee joint that's also roastery.

Expect to see the behind-the-scenes magic happen while you're drinking your warm beverage of choice, all in a space that can seat 50 inside and 16 outdoors. Veneziano's revamped site is airy, light and bright with white surfaces aplenty, plus glass walls that let you peer from the dining space to the coffee roastery and warehouse. And, it's also now home to training studios and a cupping lab, and will be running sessions for both professional baristas and folks keen to make their best coffee at home.

The renovations come more than a decade after Veneziano opened in West End in 2009, with alterations made to the Montague Road spot with its Richmond headquarters in Melbourne and Surry Hills cafe in Sydney in mind. The aim: to ensure that stopping by is about more than just getting a buzz, turning it into an interactive coffee experience.

Also new: a full-service food menu, so you can now grab something sizeable to eat alongside your caffeine hit. The Veneziano group's head chef KaiKai Yan has whipped up a range of dishes that focus on seasonal produce, still have room for the classics, and also offer a sizeable vegetarian and vegan selection. Think: a spin on eggs benedict with zucchini fritters, a citrus hollandaise and crumbled feta; chilled coconut rice pudding paired with seasonal fruits and dehydrated mandarins; the ol' favourite that is bacon and eggs; and weekly specials such as chicken and cheese spring rolls with Sriracha mayonnaise and duck massaman pappardelle topped with roasted peanuts and kaffir limes.

Coffee-wise, Veneziano's Soar is the house blend, so expect honey, pineapple, cherry and chocolate malt notes in your cuppa. Or amid plenty of other options, there's a rotating range of microlots which are served via filter pour-over, plus a limited-edition selection of nanolots.

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