As I sipped and savoured my ritual morning coffees over the weekend I was prompted to think of all the local places I’ve “tried and tasted” and thought it was about time I shared some of my favourite hotspots in Brisbane for a quality drop.
Now granted some of these may be a bit skewed toward the northern ‘burbs (purely because that’s where I live and I have no need to hop in a car and stray further afield, although recommendations are welcome!) but each Cafe or roasting house knows their crema and are the standouts in the burgeoning boutique coffee scene in the area – well in my book anyway!
So here are my top five Mimi Must Try’s for seriously good, real coffee (this is a self-confessed coffee snob/connoisseur/addict speaking…)
1. Pablo – 893 Brunswick Street, New Farm
You simply cannot go to New Farm and not stop by Pablo’s. Not only is the team fabulous and always friendly (sometimes I feel like part of the family) but the breakfast menu – served till 2:30pm – is incredible, packed with gusty flavour combinations and the Genovese coffee to die for. Pablo is a great example of where a talented Barista who knows their machine inside and out (i.e. never burns the roast and extends the milk to the perfect frothy consistency and temperature) can produce a perfect cup of coffee consistently. Plus if you order a cap their powdery, thick layer of chocolate sprinkles are the best.
2. Fonzie Abbott – 530 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
This Fonzie’s location might be small for a cafe but it packs a punch. The guys here are all about simplicity and hero the coffee, freshly grinding the beans to order. There are 3 roasts to choose from and I am a huge fan of their Drifter blend. Aromatic, balanced in flavour and smooth on the palate this drop and goes down an absolute treat. Order yourself a simple fresh fruit salad or a breakky wrap with bacon and BBQ sauce, sit yourself down next to the motorbike or prop yourself up at the counter facing the street and your set to enjoy your morning.
3. Fitch Espresso – 22 Masters Street, Newstead
A newcomer to the Newstead coffee scene this tiny, hole-in-the-wall serves up a seriously delicious Cuban blend with plans to introduce a specialty bean of the week, rotating on a regular basis. Owner and barista Chris offers a friendly service and a promise of a free coffee – just as you like it – when you sign up on the Fitch Espresso website. Support the little guys and get yourself down to Fitch now! You can’t miss it – just look for the artificial lawn and giant moustache…
4. Shucked – 9 Creswell Street, Newstead
This place feels like you’re stepping into your Nanna’s “good lounge room” crossed with a touch of “garage”. Kitted out with a wonderfully eclectic mix of furniture and antique-y adornments, Shucked is a consistently popular spot for coffee and breakfast as well as specialty cocktails as it transforms into a bar by night. The guys here use a full bodied MECCA Espresso Dark Horse Blend which you can buy in take-home packs. Again it comes down to the skill of the Barista so you’re certain to get a rich, creamy cup every time. Plus if you take a photo while your there (an obvious given for yours truly) and instagram it with #shucked you could be regrammed and win a free coffee! That’s exactly what I did…and lucky for me I get to go back and enjoy another delicious cup.
5. Bellissimo –
This place is award winning and with just one taste you’ll know why. With multiple blends on the go (Emporio is their house blend) I tend to opt for the Mocha Java Ethiopian. It’s smooth, deep in flavour and never dissapoints. The team here always has a speciality bean going – very often testing out single origins. And if you’re there in the morning get yourself breakkie to go with their insanely yummy avocado and haloumi on sourdough. So. Good.
Honourable mentions must also go to Jamie’s Espresso on the corner of James and Robertson Street in Fortitude Valley for their creamy cremas, Primal Pantry (corner of Florence and Macquarie Street, Teneriffe and Lorna Jane Active Living Room at Gasworks Plaza Teneriffe – both use Fonzie Abbott blends and both have lovely Baristas who know their stuff – and Chouquette found at 19 Barker Street, New Farm for their unbelievable latte art and Bol de Cafe (yes it seriously comes served in a bowl…)
Where is your cream of the crop for a coffee hit? Suggestions are most welcome!