Watching over the bustling traffic of Brisbane River sits a café with perhaps the best outlook over the Brisbane city skyline: Cliffs Café. Owner Nick Abbink says the café is ideally located in the newly developed Kangaroo Point Parklands and has become an icon in the area.
“Weekends are just crazy, we have a strong local following and the tourists love it as well,” he says.
With a large exterior seating area, customers are encouraged to bath in the afternoon sunshine and indulge in a delicious coffee and accompanying meal.
“One of the main strengths of the café is our coffee, and it’s been proven by the customers and tourists who flock to our hilltop café and keep coming back for more,” says Nick.
Nick has shared a 12-year partnership with Piazza D’Oro coffee through Cliffs Café and his external catering and functions business.
The café uses Piazza D’Oro’s Dolce Vita for their house blend, which Nick describes as “really mellow with a good strength of character that’s not too overpowering and just plain delicious”.
“We’ve had this coffee from day one and it’ been really well received,” he says. Head Barista Daniel Brady can be found pouring lattes from the café’s Wega machine that caters for the 60 kilograms of coffee they go through each week.
“Our coffee focus is extremely important. We’re only as good as the last coffee we serve,” says Nick.
Cliffs Café serves a broad breakfast and lunch menu to appeal to all taste buds, including their popular Cliffs wagyu burger and braised beef cheek pie. After a long career in hospitality, Nick says he’s still got his passion. “The people I work with take such pride in their job,” he says. “Together we strive to achieve great outcomes.”