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.
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.
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 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.