It’s one of life’s simple pleasures and a very personal take on a popular drink, but a good cup of coffee can make or break my day. Like many Queenslanders, I’ve developed a taste for well-brewed coffee and I don’t like to settle for second best. These are my picks of the best cafes in Brisbane and beyond.
Not so long ago, finding a good coffee might have been difficult outside of Brisbane but these days, sipping coffee has become part of life in many places to visit in Queensland, especially in Brisbane, Noosa and the Gold Coast. Here’s where I go when I feel a need for the bean.
Cafes in Brisbane
1- Brendan’s Café
Not only is the coffee good, but the close-to-the-action Brisbane River views are unbeatable.
It doesn’t hurt that there’s a little exercise involved to earn your coffee either.
Where: Halfway across the Goodwill Bridge, Brisbane.
As the flagship store for the Campos coffee empire, you are guaranteed a good drop here, but there’s also a public Cupping Room where you can fine-tune your coffee tasting skills.
Booking in for a weekend session is one of the cool things to do in Brisbane today.
Where: 11 Wandoo Street, Fortitude Valley.
3- Elixir Coffee
You’re not coming here for the décor, but when you can watch the coffee roasted from the tables, you know it’s fresh.
They’ve won plenty of awards too!
Where: 12 Haywood Street, Stafford
5- Dramanti Artisan Roaster
A joint roaster and café tucked away in a car park next to a railway line, you can drink your Dramanti coffee with an especially clean conscience as the beans are ethically sourced from farms all over the world.
Where: 96 Tingal Road, Wynnum
There are many places to enjoy a fine cup of Merlo coffee but my favourite is the Paddington coffee shop for its great view over the city.
My tip is to always try the blend of the month to expand your coffee horizons.
Where: 78 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington
7- Bellissimo Coffee
They’ve got awards aplenty and a wide selection of freshly roasted beans here.
Where: 30 Wandoo Street, Fortitude Valley
The line-up here is always long but it’s worth the wait.
Much loved for its minimal appearance and location in an old bomb shelter covered with greenery.
Where: 21 Railway Terrace, Milton.
9- Skybury Coffee
Take it one step further and drink your pure Arabica coffee within sight of the trees it was grown on.
Skybury Tropical Plantation is located in the heart of one of Australia’s richest food bowls, the Atherton Tableland (here are some other things to do on the Atherton Tablelands), about an hours’ drive from Cairns.
Where: 136 Ivievic Road, Mareeba
10- Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms
It’s surprisingly smooth and sweet but there’s no denying the infamous coffee here, Kopi Luwak (cat poo coffee), priced at $50 a cup, is a novelty.
The beans are plucked from the droppings of the Asian Palm Civet.
Read this post for more things to do in Townsville.
Where: 37 Thornton’s Gap Road, Herveys Range, Townsville.