The 7 Best Brisbane Coffee

The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Brisbane

Brisbane has no shortage of amazing places to get your coffee fix, but there’s something satisfying about seeking out the best place. The coffee shop that you would walk an extra 10 minutes out of your every morning just because you love their cold press.

We hear ya. So, after our readers voted on the ranking of Australia’s best coffee shops, the Brisbane results are in. These are spots that will never let you down on the java front.

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1. Big Bad Wolff Espresso Bar 

Founder Peter Wolff is recognised as one of few Master Roasters in Australia, so rest assured the coffee here in Hendra is insanely good. The warehouse espresso bar is next door to the roasting headquarters and college of coffee, where you can learn the tricks of the trade. Choose from their daily rotating selection of blends, single origin and decaf beans or nitro-cold-brew.

Big Bad Wolff Espresso Bar cafe

2. John Mills Himself 

It’s a little bit tricky to find (enter through a secret door and staircase from the back of Archives Fine Books during the day) but this cage coffee store and bar is worth seeking out. They currently source coffee from Mecca, Small Batch, Sample and Wood & Co. Coffee Roasters and comes from the owner of Bunker Coffee.

By night, it turns into a funky bar that serves local beers and wine.

John Mills Himself Cafe in Brisbane

3. Bellissimo Coffee

The first café roastery and flagship store of Bellissimo Coffee opened in 2009, so they’ve been in the beans biz for a decade now. Wherever possible, they source from Australian importers locally as well as directly from various international coffee farmers and plantations. A great place to try unique blends.

Bellissimo Coffee in Brisbane

4. Bunker Coffee 

Could this be the most unusual coffee shop setting in the country? Bunker Coffee in Milton is in a converted 1940s war bunker that’s covered in pretty, creeping fig vines. They brew with 5 Senses coffee on the reg, as well as having a different blend to try each week. Get in early for one of the fresh pastries before they sell out.

Brisbane coffee

5. Edward Specialty Coffee

Located in the heart of Brisbane city, Edward Specialty Coffee pays serious attention to the details. For milk-based orders, they use Sydney roaster, White Horse Coffee, with two different single origins for black coffees. The raw treats and snacks are just as lipsmacking.

Edward Specialty Coffee in Brisbane

6. Aromas Coffee Roasters

One of the longest-standing coffee roasters in the country, Aromas have been roasting artisan small batch blends in Brisbane since 1982. They have a huge 18 original blends and 12 Single Origins, as well as their Rainforest Alliance Certified range. Don’t let the appearance of the industrial estate location in Murarrie fool you – this is premium stuff.

Aromas Coffee Roasters

7. Contessa by Black Star

Now a thriving and trendy coffee hotspot with three Brisbane locations, Black Star has come a long way from its little coffee-cart selling cold brew in Davies Park Markets. They roast all their beans on a 1958 model Probat drum roaster for premium flavour and brew up sweet and strong espresso.

Their hole-in-the-wall city centre Contessa outlet is a true coffee haven – and yes, be sure to grab one of their cold brews to go.

Contessa by Black Star cafe

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A must read every time before I travel!!