by Paul Jackson

Coffee, Conversation & a Caravan

I love good coffee. But Logan West has been a bit of a graveyard for the entrepreneurs who have tried to bring specialist coffee to our streets. We have plenty of great cafes that make good coffee but I’m talking about those unique individuals that think coffee is the meaning of life and make every cup as if they are giving you a piece of themselves. 

Tyler’s Olos Cafe in Forestdale was one that shone bright for a few years. Michael’s Tamp & Grind in Village Square was another. This review by ‘AdamD 279’ on BeanHunter says it all, “I swear Micheal from Tamp & Grind lives and breathes coffee. His desire to serve only the finest cup and stay on the cutting edge shines through in every sip. Thank you Michael, Your ‘Making Browns Plains great again!!’” And just as T&G was closing down, Andrew popped up last year next to Suncorp with Coffee Plus. He held on for as long as he could but alas, he too went the way of those before him and closed down last month.

So you can imagine my joy when I walked out of Harvey Norman and spotted a cute little caravan, affectionately named the ‘Holy Roller’, parked in the middle of the Browns Plains Home Maker Centre. I gingerly made my way over trying not get my hopes too high. The little van was surrounded by some simple furniture and homely decor. A young man with a good thick beard (something that Michael from Tamp & Grind insisted was essential for good coffee making), greeted me with a smile. I looked into the van from the counter and it was clear that coffee was the highest priority in this shop. I ordered my Piccolo Latte, took a seat at the timber crate table and started working on my Mazda 3 review.

The coffee was delivered and friendly conversation ensued. The young man’s name is Dutch. He and his wife, Bekky (who bucks the trend of needing a thick beard to make a good coffee), recently moved into the area and stumbled onto the opportunity to set up shop in the Home Maker Centre. While the coffee is great and the Choc Fudge Brownie is hard to pass over, the presence of love and peace when you sit there is tangible. It’s worth dropping in just to get loved on by this beautiful couple.

So do yourself a favour and drop in on the ‘Holy Roller’ for a dose of good coffee, relaxed conversation and pick-me-up for your soul.


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