Where is Brisbane’s best coffee?


Who brews the best coffee in Brisbane? The secrets behind a good coffee cafe can be a bit of a riddle, so we’re on a mission!

There’s plenty of talented roasters around Brisbane and the surrounding area, so here’s your opportunity, coffee folks in the know! If you’re sick of using your own coffee machine, share the top cafes in the city for great java below.

Make sure you explain why your particular favourite are so fantastic. The city’s fellow caffeine enthusiasts will be grateful.


  1. What’s up, of course this post is in fact good
    and I have learned lot of things from it concerning blogging.

  2. Pod Espresso at Stafford
    Wrapture in West End
    She Bangs in Albion
    The Tiller at Alderley

    Heaps of smaller independent cafes doing excellent coffee.

  3. For me it’s got to be TONIC Espresso + Bar in Hynes St in the valley. They have their own award winning blend air roasted by the coffee roaster in west end. The service is great (like cheers everyone knows your. Name) the atmosphere is funky. Great sweet treats and the smashed avo for breaky is awesome.

  4. Here’s our top 10
    1. Uncle Joe’s Coffee House, Coorparoo
    2. Cup Roastery, Woolloongabba
    3. Dandelion and Driftwood, Hendra
    4. Cup, West End
    5. Blue Sky Coffee, Fortitude Valley
    6. Dramanti Artisan Roaster, Wynnum
    7. Cleanskin Coffee Co., Brendale
    8. Campos Coffee, Fortitude Valley
    9. Toby’s Estate Espresso Bar, Brisbane CBD
    10. Fifth Battery Coffee Roasters, Fortitude Valley
    You can check out our league table at http://beanbrewding.wordpress.com/table/ – but where still uncovering some great spots!

  5. Cremosa on Albert street- great range of single origin goodness with superb baristas to match! Happiness!!

  6. Has to be Desmond and Molly Jones, Stanley St, South Bris (near corner of Annerley Rd). It’s rare that I can exist past 0930 without making the short trek there from the office! Always welcoming, coffee amazing!

  7. Definitely try Vietnamese coffee with its secret ingredient – condensed milk. Go to any good Vietnamese restaurant or cafe.

  8. Hi Blaine, didn’t mean to give that impression – you guys are still right up there.
    Reading through some of the previous comments here, I noticed that a lot of people weren’t even aware of all the amazing locally roasted coffees on offer in Brisbane now. So the main reason for my list of suggestions was to encourage people to experience something new. And I only suggested one cafe for each roaster I wanted to highlight.
    I’m a huge fan of Peter Wolff’s coffee (I know you serve lots of others as well), and I only didn’t include you in that list as D&D was already there at the top. BTW, I’ve been in a couple of times recently and enjoyed some great coffees!
    One Drop Specialty Coffee is still one of my favourites ;)

  9. Adam – One Drop doesn’t make your 10? Just curious – I know we have made you coffee in the past and remembered you being a fan. Also – plenty of tasty coffees coming through the door week to week from some of the countries best roasters. If you haven’t been in for a while, you should come say hi and revisit. :)

  10. If your ever at the EKKA and need a decent coffee definately go to the guy that has a marque set up around the oval near the exiting train station. His coffee was superb, he uses Zentvelds from Byron Bay. I think the name of the coffee shop was l ‘aroma del cafe

  11. I’d like to suggest 10 of Brisbane’s Top Cafes – to stimulate some further discussion.
    If you haven’t visited some of these places yet, check them out – it may even change some of your votes:

    Dandelion & Driftwood – Hendra
    Uncle Joe’s Coffee House – Coorparoo
    Toby’s Estate Espresso Bar – Albert St, CBD
    Grindhouse Espresso – Stones Corner
    Shucked – Newstead
    Ltd Espresso + Brew Bar – Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
    Dramanti Artisan Roaster – Wynnum & Dramanti Espresso – Ann St, CBD
    Cup Specialty Coffee – West End (and opening soon in Wooloongabba)
    Puk – Kangaroo Point
    Pourboy Espresso – Wharf St, CBD

    Happy to share some of my reviews of these (and other) cafes I’ve visited – http://www.beanhunter.com/user/AdamThomson

    Any feedback welcome. Cheers guys ;)

  12. The chocolate soldier, George st city opposite old Supreme Court building. Fast and efficient service and consistently great.

  13. Lust for Life – wickham st in the valley is Ah-Maze-Ing!!

    Crema and Creme on Stafford rd, Stafford

    Staff at both are great too!

  14. Wow, What’s with the hating on Gloria Jean’s. Personally I find it’s dependent on the store and the staff. Sometimes even the location too. I wouldn’t work at one if I didn’t believe that.

  15. Red Baron Coffee. Coffee cart at macgregor terrace, Bardon. Great service, great coffee on my way to work. I grab a bagel from the Brumbysthere too.

  16. I think The Three Monkeys at West End is a fab place for a coffee and a chat. It is quirky, eclectic and there’s a wonderful warmth about the place. They serve great pizzas too.

  17. Bean has awesome coffee. It’s down a little laneway in George Street. I’ve also always enjoyed the coffee from Bleeding Heart Cafe.

  18. Great coffee and delicious cakes can be found at Miette’s Boulangerie Pattiserie in Graceville Ave, Graceville. Super friendly staff provided service with a smile and if your a decaf drinker there’s no extra charge. Fabulous!

  19. yes great gypsy coffee, heavenly brownies, awesome local musicians-all under the shade of the majestic fig trees… what a way to spend a lazy saturday morning….. gotta check it out..

  20. Yes, I can vouch for the quality of the coffees from the gypsy wagon! I have one every week and the spices never fail to add a special something to my day. The coffees are very well priced, and there is no extra charge for spices or soy! Incredible!

  21. Gypsy General Trading (Gypsy Caravan) at westend markets on saterday markets make best coffee and spiced beverages. must try. also the service is great and very friendly and fast.

  22. Coffee booth in Makerston st done the work for me. Flat white in the morning and picollo in the afternoon. They remember your order and smooth coffee everytime.

  23. For the best spiced coffee and chocolate experience try the Gypsy Caravan at the West End markets every Saturday

  24. Richards & Richards, Westfield Chermside. The best barrista in the whole of Brisbane – Aaron Z. He makes coffee better than any other Barrista. He is also a really lovely, friendly young man. I go there often and my family and lots of friends go there just for the incredible coffee!

  25. Best coffee is Dibella coffee down at Vue Cafe New Farm (or anywhere u can buy it really) . It’s yum and always served the way u like it.

  26. I am loving Coffee Secrets coffee I get it at The Brisbane Polo Club (not exactly where you would expect to get a great coffee) & it’s fantastic rich, complex & smooth. I now buy their beans for home & am working on the boss to get their coffee in our office.