Qube on Bay is a veteran of the Broadway coffee scene, having opened in 2007.
Owner and Manager, Jay Park, loves coffee for its ability to transcend culture and connect people. He didn’t take the ‘normal’ route to owning a cafe (if there is such a thing), rather he came via the construction industry, where he was an accounting manager. His passion for coffee and great food shouted loudly and he quit his job and opened up Qube on Bay.
As a barista and cafe owner, it’s of prime importance to Jay that he and his team feel connected to all parts of the coffee production process. His determination to understand and appreciate every level of the coffee journey aligns perfectly to the values and mission of his chosen supplier, Ona Coffee. Ona sources all its coffee through Project Origin, its sister company and green bean importer. Project Origin is committed to investing back into the communities it works with, raising funds for childcare services, doctors, schools, libraries, processing mills and housing. This connection with the coffee producing communities, and Ona Coffee’s work empowering growers and ensuring strong outcomes in their communities, really spoke to Jay, and he proudly supplies One Coffee’s product to his customers in Ultimo.
The house blend at Qube on Bay is Ona Coffee’s The Founder, which is made of three origins: Supersonic, Ahuachapán and El Salvador. It is a naturally processed coffee that is picked between 1500 and 1600 metres, and is dried at 1700 metres, allowing the flavours to mature. As well as the Ona Coffee house blend, Qube on Bay also rotates guest beans from various roasters, including a guest bean of the week. The staff are more than happy to take you through what is on offer that particular week, and what philosophies the roasters work to.
On the menu you’ll find some interesting options – Very Healthy is a seasonal fruit bowl with natural yoghurt, honey and Farmer Jo’s muesli. Very Tasty is Bircher muesli. Very Very Healthy is crushed avocado and feta on toast with pumpkin seeds and lemon juice, while Don’t Even Ask is a grilled halloumi stack with poached egg, avocado, roasted tomato and rocket. Some very filling lunch options include the Butcher’s Block and the Pulled Pork Burger.
The mismatched furniture and retro decorations give the cafe a relaxed, welcoming feel, and the cold drip contraption makes a great focal point and conversation starter. There’s a courtyard that makes a great sun-trap, and tables out the front for people watching. The spacious interior and courtyard mean it’s a great place for families with prams, but you’re more likely to see Yummy Mummies kid-less, catching up for a coffee after school drop off time.