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The Business

Put simply, we do espresso coffee and events. We started by serving customers from a restored VW Kombi van and our business continues to embody the Kombi spirit – fun and dynamic, trusty and reliable. In many respects, we like to think of ourselves as a transportable café which has the potential to pop-up anywhere.

So, whether we’re serving coffee from the back of the kombi on location, or chatting with our regulars in our Paddington café, the Tall Short baristas are energetic, and like the owners, are passionate about the business, enjoy the coffee culture, and are keen to promote a rich café scene in Brisbane.



Tall Short started at the end of 2011 – Anthony (Tall) and Craig (Short) found a 1969 kombi panel van and had it meticulously restored, including a lovely fresh lick of lipstick red paint, before whacking a coffee machine in the back so they could serve espresso in Eagle Lane in the city.

The kombi has worked hard around Brisbane, and now – together with her little kombi sister – happily serves up the trademark Tall Short brew to local communities, and at festivals and events.


While the old red bus remains the sentimental core of our company, the Tall Short offering now includes a busy espresso bar on Paddington’s Given Terrace café strip, which is our main outlet.  Every day from about 6am, Tall Short’s big red espresso machine is turned on and the beans are grinding, so blaze in and blaze out with your usual order, or perch on the lounge in the sun for a toastie, a chat and a squiz at the papers. If you’re in a rush, use our Text for Coffee number to place your order in advance.

We also now open as a bar at nights, so if you’re after a casual pre-dinner, or pre-game drink on the weekend, pop in for Boutique beers, Espresso Martinis or our trademark Gingerbread Mantini – all thrown back with some snacks, soft cheese and crackers or gourmet pies.


Beer specials

We have $5 beer special each month, keep an eye out


‘The Big Quiz’

Every Sunday at 5pm – score 30 from 40 questions right and it’s Tall Short’s shout!


All you can drink coffee

$25 weekly coffee card


Our Coffee

We use Dimattina coffee, a Melbourne-based coffee roaster. The blend is called Prima Tazza and was the Overall Winner of the 2011/2012 CSR Golden Bean Roaster Competition, having won Gold in the Milk Category and Bronze in the Espresso Category.  The awards have kept rolling in over the last couple of years, no surprise to us as we think the blend is absolutely cracking!




Our Coffee Menu

We source the best beans and employ the best staff possible, to ensure you get the best cup of coffee in Brisbane, made with love and delivered with a smile. In addition to espresso, we offer a wide range of other assorted deliciousness.

Please have a browse over our day and nighttime menus, or keep an eye out in store for our changing range of special little goodies.

- Download Tall Short Menu
- Download Bar Menu


What they say about us

"Whether you want to sit in and have some brekkie, nab a takeaway coffee, overdose on baked goods, or drink until dawn, Tall Short has the goods to deliver."