Cairns is one of the most rapidly developing cities in Oz with huge potential, and it’s clear to see that in the the Cairns coffee scene.
Specialty coffee roasters are surging up all over the city, with plenty of places to get a great brew. Chemex, Aeropress, cold brews of filter – whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it here.
As for the best spots to go to? Here’s our pick of where to find the best coffee in Cairns…
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Origin is the charming cafe outpost of Port Douglas coffee roasters, Four Mile Roasters. The passionate owners source, roast and brew coffee that they love to drink themselves, so you know every sip is going to be good.
Blackbird Espresso has two Cairns locations – a charming little laneway cafe and a larger warehouse store where they roast all their beans. Try the spectacular Fairtrade organic house blend topped up by Misty Mountain milk from nearby Millaa Millaa.
This funky cafe works with local roasters, The Tattooed Sailor Coffee Roasters, for their beans. Think: specialty blends available for black, white and filter coffee drinkers, while single origin roasts always feature on the menu.
Industry One Cafe has homemade treats and rich, delicious coffee. Their Mocha is a real highlight: double espresso & sweetened organic Dutch chocolate topped with textured milk & dusted with chocolate.
They also host coffee courses where you can get behind the machine and discover the ins and outs of what makes your brew so special.
This hip espresso & brew bar features blends from Code Black Coffee Roasters, a top Melbourne Roaster who only uses the highest-grade green beans. You can keep things classic with a black coffee, or pull up a seat at the brew bar to try a rotating Single Origin filter coffee.
Sing Sing Espresso is a laid back cafe with a bright and airy room and coffee that looks as good as it tastes. They do all sorts of tasty brews, all made with freshly roasted beans for maximum flavour. Order a cold brew and a flaky croissant for the perfect morning bite.
Sipping Duck has two great things going for it: it imports high-altitude beans from Latin America and roasts them daily and the owner/barista draws funky latte art with toothpicks in the crema. Their unique Sparkling Cold Brew is the ultimate summer refresher bevvie!