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Meet the new Brew and Brew

Molly McLaughlin

The rumours are true. Barton’s beloved Brew and Brew is migrating north, to the city.

Bringing something a little different to Allara Street, Brew and Brew Cafe and Bar will unveil their new Espresso Bar this week. Owner Charlie Dagseven is excited to bring a slice of their Inner South hospitality across the lake although regular patrons shouldn’t fret, this doesn’t mean their Barton digs are going anywhere. Having always wanted to expand the Brew and Brew brand, Charlie says that when the new location became available it seemed like a perfect fit.

“I know this area well, because I have had businesses here in the past, and it is a bit grey now, but Brew and Brew has a tendency to try to give grey places a bit of sparkle,” he explains. “The new fit out is really fresh and inviting, and I’m really happy with how everything has turned out.”

With coffee snobs packing out their Barton location since they opened in 2016, Brew and Brew Espresso Bar will continue to be focused on delivering that perfect cup of coffee, using their signature roast.

“Vaneziano in Melbourne are kind enough to roast and rest our Brew and Brew blend and then send it to all our shops every week,” says Charlie. “At the Espresso Bar, we’ve got single origin micro-lots, as well as the blend, and we’ll have filter coffee and drip coffee.”

While the city location won’t cover the full range of lunch specials Brew and Brew are known for, there will be a wide range of grab-and-go options. A true Canberran at heart, Charlie has teamed up with local bakery HomeSlice Co., and Mitchell patisserie La Sable to deliver the best on the go experience possible for Civic customers with sweet and savoury options for morning tea, lunch and that elusive 3 pm snack.

“We really promote local products, we’re really big on Canberra. We’ve formed some awesome partnerships for the slices and cakes, and then all the other food, the pies and everything, will be made in the cafe in Barton and brought over fresh every day.”

For Charlie, the core of Brew and Brew is all about making connections with the Canberra community.

“It’s a very personal thing for us, making coffee. You know what you’re going to get for your money, you know the quality, and the banter you’re going to get,” he says. “The Canberra market moves around, but I always have familiar faces coming through. The team is all the same people, some of us have been together since the beginning of my hospitality career. We have that care factor.”

the essentials 

What: Brew and Brew Espresso Bar
When: Opening this week from 6.30 am – 4.30 pm every weekday
Where: 33 Allara Street, Civic


Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin was less than thrilled to move to Canberra a couple of years ago to study Arts and Economics at ANU, but she can confirm the city has grown on her since then. Along with writing for HerCanberra, she spends her time reading, eating noodles and planning her next adventure. More about the Author

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