I believe in good coffee. I love its smell, which lingers around the sleepy mornings, its taste, which sweetens the afternoons, its atmosphere, which fills up even the busiest and most ordinary moments with intimacy and elegance. If I drink it at home it is familiar, if I take it on the road it has the excitement of an encounter. That is why I keep hunting good coffee places… in Brisbane, in Budapest or anywhere I go in the world…
In the latest travel post I was telling all about our daytrip to Somerset Lakes and also that on the way we found a sweet country coffee house. We came across Elm Haus Café in Mt Glorious. At first sight the building seemed a bit weathered, but its nice verandah was offering glittering afternoon sunshine, so we decided to give it a try.
While stepping in the house the welcoming atmosphere of the previous century greets us, which gives the place a vintage charm as well as its true character. Turns out that an old telephone, a worn-out piano, ancient masks, a brown teddy bear and a coat hanger covered with colourful hats make perfect company for each other. While seeing the comfortable armchairs I am only missing an elegant fireplace.
Undoubtedly the speciality of the place is its spacious verandah, where the lushness of the rainforest just wraps around us. I love the tallness of the surrounding eucalyptus trees, the shades of the ferns, even the concert of the birds – this latter one can also be rather annoying when it wakes you up at dawn or during the day when it never stops for hours! I like that even outside the main material for chairs and tables is wood, and I would like to believe that the plastic garden furniture, weakening the look of the place, is only temporary. We order at the counter. André goes for a flat white, myself for a cappuccino. Although at least 15 minutes passes by the time we are served, the tranquil environment and the delicious coffee make up for the waiting.