Everyone knows that the best way to start the morning is with a steaming hot cup of coffee. That’s why we’ve picked some of the top coffee spots in Brisbane so you can kickstart your day the right way!
A favourite with locals, this cafe is sure to delight with its quirky and spacious interior, creating an environment that feels comfortable and chic. The café serves up top-notch filter and espresso style coffees made from a range of high quality blended and single origin beans roasted onsite. Their house blend is called Big Dog, which is malty with a dark chocolate and honeyed sweetness and vanilla butteriness. The Brazil Daterra is also a must try. It is super smooth with tasting notes of dried raisins, wine and chocolate. As for the coffee art, it is next level.
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Toowong central, Nowhere Espresso is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood, bringing with it superb coffee and snacks for locals looking for a caffeine hit and a great feed.
Using Mambo Organic 100% Arabica coffee from Maroochydore, along with tea from Rabbit Hole (it’s delicious, all organic, and the take-away tea cup has its own built-in diffuser!), Nowhere Espresso has your caffeine needs well and truly covered.
Nestled in Brisbane’s South Bank, Pourboy is the brainchild of Sebastian Butler-White, and a true testament to the power of coffee. These caffeine fanatics have sourced beans from all around the world, and everything from your standard flat white to something they call “Nitro Coffee”. Pourboy is also famous for their Croque Madame which features leg ham, Comte gruyere, poached egg, dijon mustard, and truffle on sourdough.
If you’re looking for a spot that serves aromatic single origin coffee, then Adam Wang’s Coffee Anthology is right up your alley. Since 2014, this bustling cafe has bought coffee beans from around the world to sunny Brisbane. There’s also something new on offer but you can expect beans from Finca Hartmann in Panama, Nansebo in Ethiopia, or Nicaragua Buenos Aires.
The team at Coffee Anthology have also installed the amazing BKON Craft Brewer, which is known among coffee experts for its unmatched flavour optimisation techniques.
Aficionados of specialty grade brews will find their home at Reverends Fine Coffee. Opened by former pastor Luke Andrews, this rustic cafe features church pew fixtures and some of the best java in Fortitude Valley. Their menu changes regularly but you can expect delights such as Ethiopian Gera with hints of berries and roasted peach, Gold Coast Coffee Project with notes of pineapple and rum, as well as Purple Haze – their house blend which features tones of currant, deep plum and cherry.
The kind Reverend regularly changes his breakfast menu as well but we’re currently in love with The Reuben which is dripping with slow-cooked corned beef, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, and house-made pickles on rye.
You’ll be spoilt for choice with Fonzie Abbott available at three different locations across Brisbane. Lovingly known as “Sweet FA” by locals, this boutique espresso bistro is famous for their three signature blends that have each been roasted and handpacked right here in Albion.
The Highside is a sweet and fruity blend which is strong in flavour and contains bitter chocolate notes, making it perfect for those who want to start their day with a bang! The Drifter leans towards more malty cocoa and earthy nut flavours, while leaving your palate with a hint of zesty citrus. Finally, the Boxer is a gorgeous Central American blend that features tones of chocolate and dark chocolate – yum!
This old, converted war hideout can be found hidden away in the bustling suburb of Milton, covered in crawling fig vines and filled to the bring with coffee enthusiasts. Started by Marcus Allison in 2010, this super cool cafe features everything from filter coffee to pour-overs, as well as beans from 10 different Australian roasters and sometimes, an international blend.
While you’re there, don’t forget to try their mouthwatering house blend from Five Senses, which features a full-bodied flavour with sweet caramel tones.