Every so often you hear about a cafe’s specialty blend being named after the cafe it was developed for. But how often to you hear of the cafe being named after the coffee?
Jordan Bale opened B-Side Espresso in 2014, but before he did he went looking for the right house espresso blend to serve. He knew someone from Melbourne-based roaster Ducale Coffee, and promised to humour his friend by trying the coffee. Jordan enjoyed it so much he named his cafe after one of their blends!
B-Side Espresso sits on a corner in what has become the ‘second CBD’ of Newcastle. When looking for a home for his new cafe, Jordan chose a location that was growing rapidly but that so far lacked a good quality, intimate cafe.
Hospitality is nothing new to Jordan’s family – they’ve been running pubs all over New South Wales since the 60s. This may be the first coffee shop in the family but the old school tradition of good service and a laid back, welcoming atmosphere has well and truly rubbed off on Jordan.
Ducale Coffee (DC) supplies all of B-Side Espresso’s coffee, obviously including its B-Side Blend. Made up of Panama Mamacarta, Guatemala San Antonio and Brazil Sitio Pinheirinho, B-Side has low acidity, brown sugar, apple and pepper fragrances and flavours of cacao, raw sugar and nectarine.
The name not only represents the coffee and, as a result, the cafe, but also signifies DC’s connection to its social initiative ‘dc Tunes’, which started in 2012. It is all about celebrating music and supporting new talent by giving local independent and unsigned musicians opportunities to perform at live music venues. Part of the profits from the B-Side Blend go towards paying for bands to feature in the dc Tunes gig list. It’s a project that DC coffee, and Jordan are very passionate about.
B-Side Espresso is open for breakfast and lunch. Although it has a limited space for cooking it still manages to serve up a mean selection of closed toasties, bruschetta style open toasties and salads. In winter you’ll find plenty of warming dishes coming out of the slow cooker (think pulled-beef burritos, hearty stews and Cuban sandwiches).
Situated next to one of the largest shopping centres in New South Wales, B-Side Espresso is one of the only independent coffee shops in their region. Its laid-back style and superior coffee has meant instant success, and a lot of grateful locals.