Plus Two is brought to us by Tony Xie, Barista Championship Runner Up and PuqPress Official Latte art competition winner. Despite being open for almost a year, I hadn’t heard about it due to limited promotion or exposure on any socials. A tip from my brother led to me paying a visit to this specialty coffee store in Waterloo. Friendly staff and great coffee can be found here.
Visually it is also very appealing. Architect Alanah Cooke has designed a clean and simple interior which has an inverted layout with the coffee bench occupying the whole left hand side of the wall where there is a long hardwood counter and cabinetry. The colour palette is whites and greys with a modern feel to it. See below for details.
The coffee sign dominates the wall as does the coffee equipment which encourages the coffee drinker or diner to watch the barista at work.
As expected, the coffee here is good. Offering White/black, Cold brew, V60, Iced, Tony’s signature drink, the flavour profile was quite interesting. We taste chocolate and caramel to it, but the in house blend notes peanut butter too. It was lovely and certainly unique to what we’ve had before.
There was a bit of a wait as they served walk ins and takeaways first (though they acknowledged the longer wait time). I think it part this is due to the bench not being that functional for service.
It’s also a learning space with the cafe offering barista and latte art workshops. With small classes running for three hours covering basic knowledge of making coffees. The latte art classes are to teach the skills of intricately designed latte art.
The food menu is not personally up my alley, with quite extravagant offerings such as a chorizo dog, Sicilian pasta, spanner crab omelette, matcha cream puffs and pancakes.
On the lighter options there is porridge or avo on toast, but it would be good to see some simple eggs on toast or a brekkie salad to have some variety. Prices are also quite high for breakfast ($17.50 for avo + $5 for the add on of eggs).
Unfortunately it’s late opening hours prove problematic for myself and early workers, if there was a 7am opening it may see me getting coffee here more often. It is also closed on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s.
101 Lachlan St
Monday-Friday 8:30am-2:30pm (ex Wed & Thurs)