Brisbane is fast becoming a major player on the Australian coffee scene, with a whole raft of brew bars and hand-roasted blends springing up in and around the city. From converted WWII bomb shelters to minuscule nooks in old bank buildings, we explore the city’s cafes and coffeehouses to determine which is the quirkiest, the most comfortable, and of course, whose house blend is the most satisfying.
The credentials of the team behind this Hendra hangout speak volumes. Between husband and wife-owners, Peter and Penny Wolff, are 30 years of roasting experience; Penny herself has even judged at the Australian International Coffee Awards. That expertise filters down into the two signature blends, the eponymous Dandelion and Driftwood. Other single origin options are frequently on rotation and cupping notes are provided with every single espresso. For those feeling a little more fancy, there is a high tea option if the idea of a flat white is beneath you.
Address: Shop 1/45 Gerler Rd, Hendra QLD, Australia, +61 7 3868 4559
Ltd Espresso is unlimited in its aspirations to serve up the city’s best java coffee. The coffeehouse has won a legion of fans on account of its sandwich board outside the main entrance dishing out daily jokes, puns, quotes and pearls of wisdom. The real draw is undoubtedly the smooth Cleanskin coffee blend and cold press bottles, so saunter over to this monochrome marvel at your earliest convenience.
Address: 362 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD, Australia
Quirk meets heritage in this unusually-located café. Situated in the entry vestibule of the old National Australia Bank building, Brisbane’s first high-rise, on the corner of the Queen St Mall, this elegant nook serves up its own ‘Frisky Goat’ house blend of mixed Colombian, Zambian, Sumatran and Ethiopian beans.
Address: 171 George St, Brisbane QLD, Australia, +61 7 3210 2667