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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | January 19, 2021

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Ratu Lewis

Shop front of coffee and tea house, Dandelion & DriftwoodNestled in a labyrinth of streets, sits a cafe where one can wish upon magic blow balls and be carried away on a single piece of wood – Dandelion & Driftwood.

If you are a coffee or tea drinker that wants to be empowered in the artistic alchemy of excellence in brewing and tasting, then this is the space for you.

This quaint coffee shop and teahouse found in Hendra encompasses yesteryear elegance that pushes the boundaries between old and new; with fabric chairs, vintage pressed metal feature wall and old style bar lighting.

Owner Penny Wolff sees herself as a creative soul.

“Like caffeine, ‘being creative’ is a drug I can’t do without.”

She described the cafe space as inviting for all – a place where both males and females can come to feel equally comfortable.

“This cafe is no boys club, it is about men and women wanting to come to this cafe and share the magic, the simple pleasure of what is in the cup,” Penny said.

Dandelion & Driftwood was the first cafe in Brisbane to include a Brew Bar in their cafe with an über Cupper Boiler.

They offer a total of six different brewing styles and seven different coffee beans choices on a daily basis, with the two house blends being Dandelion and Driftwood.

“We offer not only espresso coffee (with a choice of two house blends and two single origins) but we offer five other brewing styles including – Chemex , Syphon, Aeropress, Yama Cold Drip, Trifecta,” Penny said.

Penny illustrated that the Dandelion blend focuses on the delicate fruitiness and brightness that is memorable and comforting; and the Driftwood blend provides a robust, earthy, risky, action hero experience that focuses on a complete mouth explosion.

But more than just being the house blends the name reflects the yin and yang of feminine and masculine.

“Dandelions characterises the yin of our concept the feminine touch, subtle softness, womanly ways, delicate notes, refined presence and ability to bloom.

“Driftwood characterises the yang of our concept the masculine, natural formation, sturdy, manly ways with rugged earthy links and an adventurous outlook.”

One of their cute features is the tagging of their coffee and tea with personalised cupping notes.

“It is about being completely transparent, sharing the knowledge and allowing the customer to make a valued judgement about what it is that they are after all consuming.

“We aim to widen customer’s palate experiences and encourage customers to explore options at a level that will vibrate with them.”

So next time you have the chance, venture over to this little place of bliss and just give in to the AAAAAHHHHHHHH……