love a good cup of coffee, and lucky for us, the nearby Aussies take immense
pride in their coffee culture and café scene, with Melbourne, Brisbane and
Sydney in particular doing the coffee thing really well. Here is the scoop on
three of the best coffee cultures in Aus, so you’ll know exactly what to
expect, and how and where to get your morning fix.
The Brisbane Coffee Scene
your Brisbane flights and sorted out your accommodation, and now you need
to know where to take your best client for a business brunch. Good coffee means
a happy client, and Brisbane has an abundance of great coffee. Some of the best
coffee in Brisbane is found right in the CBD alongside the city suburbs of
Fortitude Valley and West End.
The most popular bean brands in Brisbane include
Bean Counters, Merlo Coffee and Elixar Coffee, all three of which were founded
locally. In terms of the best cafés, three of the top spots include The Three
Monkeys Coffee and Tea House (West End), Brew
(CBD) and Kerbside (Fortitude Valley). The Three Monkeys Coffee and Tea House
located in West End is one of the best cafés in the whole of Brisbane. It’s a quirky,
charming spot, oozing with creativity and, most importantly, really good
coffee. Brew is one of the best cafés by far in the CBD, and is perfect for a
business breakfast or for a quick takeaway on the way to your conference or
meeting. The coffee is consistently good and the service is excellent. Another
great café is the vintage-look Kerbside in Fortitude Valley; it’s the perfect
setting for a weekend coffee session. Although Kerbside is better known for its
nightlife, the coffee is a bit of a local secret.
The Melbourne Coffee Scene
Melbourne is great for music, food and entertainment. But it’s also
great for coffee! If you’ve bookeda flight to Melbourne, you’re sure to be in for an exciting time, and to
keep you going through it all, you’ll need to know where to get the best
coffee. Lucky for your, Melbourne has it covered. Melbourne is essentially
Australia’s coffee capital, with a higher concentration of cafés
than any other city. Whatever you desire, from cold-drip, iced, blended or
single original, Melbourne will deliver.
Good coffee is to be found on every corner, in
every suburb of Melbourne. Two of the most popular coffee haunts in Melbourne
include St Ali (South
Melbourne) and Proud Mary (Collingwood). Hidden
down one of Melbourne’s many laneways lies the cool café, St Ali. With its
grungy industrial theme, killer brunch menu and stellar service, it’s a great
place for a catch-up session with friends. St Ali roasts all of its own coffee,
and is a wholesaler to other cafés in and around the city. Its single origin
blends are to die for.
Proud Mary is another café that helped put
Melbourne on the coffee map. It was even crowned “Best Café” in The Age Good Café Guide awards
(2011). It’s cool, chic and very Melbourne, with exposed brick walls, communal
tables and, of course, really really good coffee.
Author: Tom Spittler is an Auckland-based coffee fiend
and award-winning barista. Catch him soon at a café near you!