Since opening in January 2016, State 5 coffee has become a major game changer to the coffee world as we know it
What’s so special about State 5 you ask?
Why only five tiny life-altering words
Cold Brewed Coffee On Tap
What does that mean apart from the fact that you can literally have your java poured from a draught tap at 6am every day of the week?
In a nutshell (or coffee bean) cold brew is created by steeping coarsely ground beans in room temperature water for up to 20 hours.
All good things must come to those who patiently wait for this process which not only renders the brew less acidic but also entices the essential oils and flavours to come out to play. If that isn’t enough for you, then get this- the caffeine content is four times more than that of a regular old pot brew. Sold yet?
Denis Vaden the owner and enabler jokes that he is creating addicts as we all line up to fill up our cups
The cafe’s modern décor, comprised of dark, textured wood and ever so slightly hipster colours are a far cry from its humble origins in Denis’s garage which was occupied by only two bags of coffee and one lone scale.
Today Dennis imports beans from Ethiopia, Guatemala and Columbia which he roasts on site. He is driven by the endless search for that perfect cup of coffee that he believes he will never find which is alright by us because we never want him to stop searching!
Even the non-believers are spoiled for choice at State 5 with the age old staples like hot chocolate and tea but with never before seen twists. Salted caramel, hazelnut and almond all sit well with me.
Their food selection is fantastic. Hearty breakfasts, gyros, freshly prepared salads, the wholesome goodness is tangible.
My personal delight is the pulled pork grilled cheese on rye. Dripping with cheese, dressed with sauerkraut, jalapenos, peppadews and its own side salad, I managed to make space to eat an entire bowl of shoestring fries as well as wasn’t sorry for a second
Their advertising is also supported by a neat idea called Pay It Forward. You get a postcard and write to a friend, including a coffee on it. Then pop the card onto the designated cork board on the wall, take a snap and post it on Facebook with your friend tagged in it. They can then go to State 5, present the photo and in return for their efforts, be rewarded with the glorious coffee that you wrote initially.
I am hoping to be tagged in a few photos soon!