Whether it be drinking one of the finest specialty-grade coffees or dining from the delectable all-day brunch menu, Veneziano Coffee West End roastery café is creating a buzz up north, and it’s not just a result of the coffee menu.
Following an intensive and contemporary renovation process, the space is set to welcome back regular customers and attract a whole new crowd of coffee lovers.
Veneziano Coffee Queensland State Sales Manager Michaela Gerard, who’s worked in the hospitality industry since she was 18 years old, is thrilled with the West End transformation.
“It’s so rewarding to see the space come to life. With the expansion and relaunch of our Brisbane location, I’m excited for new customers to see the beautiful renovations,” she says.
Amongst the warehouses in Montague Road of West End’s riverside, the café stands out with its bold grey and yellow colour scheme, which Michaela says catches the eyes of passers-by and engages their senses with the glorious smell of roasting coffee.
“Functionality was the main influence of the new design to make service a lot more fluid, create a nicer environment for staff, and expand the customer base,” says Michaela.
Veneziano Coffee has been a fixture of the West End inner suburb of Brisbane since 2009, serving the local community with a laid-back and welcoming vibe.
The café’s tiered dinning space now offers more windows that drives more natural sunlight. A glass wall that separates the inside dining space from the roastery provides guests with a full view into the back-of-house operations, while another window peers into the training space next door. It’s here that baristas from Veneziano’s wholesale partner cafés, and even home enthusiasts, can brush up on their skills regarding espresso foundations, latte art, workflow, and brew ratios.
“It creates such an immersive experience for customers who dine with us, to see what goes on behinds the scenes before the coffee’s brought to their cup. It brings back that connection between consumers, staff and coffee,” says Michaela.
And while the new design grabs people into the new space, it’s the coffee that holds them there.
Veneziano’s seasonally-rotating house blend Soar is the brew of choice for any milk-based coffee, while an assortment of rotating microlots via filter pour over are ideal for those eager to explore varying coffee origins.
“We try and run something different every week, to offer customers something new and exciting with each visit. At any given time, we have four to five microlots on the retail shelf, which gives customers wanting to buy beans for home an opportunity to sample the coffee,” Michaela says.
Also available is Veneziano’s Pinnacle Series, a selection of premium coffees, as well as a range of ready-to-drink cold brew collections.
“As you can imagine, Queensland dominates our retail sales for cold brew, so we always have plenty of those on hand,” says Michaela.
To pair with the specialty coffee, Veneziano West End’s kitchen has launched a new menu with some vegan and vegetarian-friendly additions.
Michaela says some of the favourite breakfast dishes include the vegan croquet with house-made cashew cheese and pesto, eggs benedict served on zucchini fritters, and chilled coconut rice pudding.
“With a brand new state-of-the-art kitchen, our capabilities to create new and exciting dishes has expanded,” she says.
Having been there for several years now, Michaela says it’s a part of Brisbane’s coffee culture as a roasting house, distributor, coffee shop and provider of barista training courses.
“Veneziano is in the coffee business, but we’re always evolving and adapting, and that message is reflected in the new design of West End,” Michaela says.
Veneziano Coffee West End
369 Montague Rd, West End, Queensland 4101
Open Monday to Friday 6am – 3pm, Saturday and Sunday 6am – 2pm
(07) 3846 0011
This article appears in the April 2022 edition of BeanScene. Subscribe HERE.