Thursday, August 8, 2013

Guest Post: Coffee Off, The Aussie Café Scene

Kiwis 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

You’ve booked 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.

About the Author: Tom Spittler is an Auckland-based coffee fiend and award-winning barista. Catch him soon at a café near you!

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