How Dancing Bean found a laneway to call home

It took Rob Mergard a long time to find the laneway warehouse of his coffee roasting dreams - but Ipswich delivered.
18 Sep 2017
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

Wining and Dining

Coffee poured new life into forgotten warehouse

Rob Mergard had been looking for four years for the right spot to move his Brisbane coffee roastery to when he discovered the old power board building down a laneway in the heart of Ipswich.

It was dilapidated, full of mouldy carpets and a crumbling interior, but the old brick shell – once emptied of the layers of its past – was the airy industrial warehouse Rob had dreamed of.

After a backbreaking refit in recycled timber and the addition of some cool architectural fittings and an outdoor deck, Dancing Bean Espresso Bar opened mid-2016 and has earned itself a loyal following, both as a coffee roaster supplying cafes across south-east Queensland, and as a hidden laneway café.


dancing bean exterior

In almost 20 years of roasting, Rob has earned numerous awards for his work and continues to learn about the bean trade, share his knowledge and expand his offering.

Now, in September 2017, the Dancing Bean crew have added a certified organic blend to their range, after growing demand from the Queensland coffee scene. They are already supplying two organic outlets – it’ll be the Ipswich-roasted blend you’re sipping if you venture into Naturally Hooked at Victoria Point or Your Organic Markets at Everton Hills.


Dancing Bean Rob

You can try the Dancing Bean house blend – or the day’s single origin offering – and stock up on beans to use at home, at the roaster espresso bar, down the laneway behind Heisenberg Haus at 164 Brisbane St, Ipswich. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, coffee and stacks of daily baked goodness from the cabinet.


dancing bean coffee

Dancing Bean is open 7.30am to 2.30pm daily. And for breakfast on the morning of October 21, the Dancing Bean teams up with Foundations Care to flip pancakes (7.30-11am) with proceeds going to foster care families in Ipswich.

For more coffee stops in Ipswich try Ellen and Rod Café, Rafter & Rose, Strictly Coffee and Tighty Whities’


Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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