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Tree Cycle: More than just Colombian coffee

Contrary to what its name may suggest, you don’t need to be a greenie or a lycra clad weekend warrior to enjoy Portside’s latest addition to the growing Brisbane breakfast scene, Tree Cycle Coffee. Built on the solid foundations of Colombian coffee and under $20 breakfast fare, this cosy nook of a café is sure to please foodies, hipsters and lovers of good java alike. The coffee is a beautifully robust and full-bodied blend by Crop Del Monte, imported from Colombia but roasted in Brisbane. In addition to the enticing danishes and croissants proudly displayed on the front counter, it’s hard to look past the words ‘all day breakfast’ emblazoned across the menu. Treecycle brisbane cafes 3For the eats, think quirky twists on the classics with clever use of local produce. Bircher muesli is given a colourful makeover with the addition of kaffir lime yoghurt, pistachio, fresh berries and honey, while French toast is made a little more ‘oh la la!’ with chocolate foam and raspberry mascarpone. Even the avocado on toast is given a touch-up with the addition of an assortment of nuts and Spanish chevre goats cheese. If lunching is more your style, the chicken BLT is far from ordinary with harissa spice, roasted nuts and pesto added to this sandwich favourite. Their rice paper rolls feature our own Moolloolaba prawns, as does the Tingling Prawn Salad with soba noodles, which, with chilli and a Sichuan pepper vinaigrette, is sure to live up to its namesake. treecycle brisbane cafes 2The vegetarians and health conscious will not feel left out with an interesting range of salads (including kale with Mt Tambourine goat cheese haloumi and quinoa with asparagus and lime yogurt) – but our pick was the salmon bruschetta. Three pieces of bruschetta with salmon, capers and cream cheese is lifted to an entirely new level of lunchtime yum with the addition of fig and red onion. There’s also a deconstructed guacamole and a classic tomato bocconcini bruschetta on offer, and at only $10, ordering multiple plates just became a lot more guilt free. Tree Cycle can be found at Portside Wharf, 39 Hercules Street, Hamilton. Words by Kat Gridley  Photography by Victory Finnerty