Brisbane’s coffee game is strong AF. You probably think you know all the best spots for your morning brew; you’ve got your routine down, you’ve got that great relationship going with your barista, but guess what – there’s more to Brisbane’s bean scene than you ever knew. The best coffee is still hiding in these secret spots; how many have you sampled?
#1 Microlot Coffee House
Microlot Coffee House in Hawthorne is doing big things to change up the coffee game in Brisbane. This teeny tiny coffee spot is easy to miss, but when you get a chance to peak inside you’ll be counting yourself lucky to be one of the few who can find it. With an uber adorable courtyard and their indoor plant game on point, you’ll be pleased to know the coffee is also 100. The beans are from Colombia and a roster of local growers also make the cut, so you know each sip will hit the spot.
#2 Bear Bones Espresso
Complete with kawaii bear graffiti adorning the walls, coffee roaster Bear Bones Espresso in the Valley is a warehouse fit out that no coffee lover should deny themselves. Sit back with their epic coffee and a snack as you inhale the scent of freshly roasted beans. With coffee pedigree running through their veins (Kettle & Tin and The Ponycat are from the same crew) you can rest assured the brew here is epic.
#3 The Woolloongabba Social Club
At The Urban List we love discovering hole-in-the-wall coffee places that make us 50% cooler just by being part of the group that knows they exist. The Woolloongabba Social Club is one of these situations – an onsite roastery, hub for delicious tucker and epic coffee spot are hidden behind a roller door. Some may call it an oasis, and we wouldn’t argue the fact. If you’re lost just follow the scent of freshly roasted coffee.
#4 The Coop Espresso Bar
Laneway coffee spot The Coop Espresso Bar is serving up epic cups of Joe to Brisbane’s coffee connoisseurs from their aptly named coop in Eagle Lane. If tending to your coffee cravings wasn’t enough, they also dish out Kaptain Patisserie treats. Their convenient location near the river means it’s the perfect stop on your early morning river walk (because we totally do that, everyday).
Strauss is the love child of three coffee loving friends who set out to make a café that celebrated all the good things about café and coffee culture, so you know this place knows their shit. Strauss is super focused on keeping things local, delicious and secret. You may be tempted to walk past this secret spot but trust us, stop in for a coffee and you’ll never set foot in a Starbucks again.
#6 Cake & Bake
Ok, so this one isn’t so secret, we all know and love Cake & Bake’s treats. But, did you know you can get an impressive coffee here too? The fact that there is approximately one whole table here to enjoy your coffee at isn’t much of a give away, but trust us, it’s where the beans are at their peak. Plus, the coffee is made 110% better by the fact it is accompanied by such delicious goodies.
#7 Wolff Roast Haus
Big Bad Wolff Espresso Bar sits perfectly hidden inside the Wolff Roast Haus in Hendra. Wolff’s coffee chief, Peter Wolff, has huffed and puffed new life into Brisbane’s coffee scene. The Hendra-hidden roasting house is a mecca for coffee lovers and the ultimate way to add some pep to your step.
#8 Small Talk Espresso
Small talk is rough at the best of times, but small talk pre-coffee is nasty sitch we don’t want to find ourselves in, ever. Enter: Small Talk Espresso, our coffee saviours. Not just another average coffee shop, Small Talk can walk the walk too with their own Belissimo Coffee house blend and a mighty fine lunch menu that includeds offerings from Eat Street fave, Dumpling Envy, and general life fave, Jocelyn’s Provisions.
#9 The Gettin' Place
The Gettin’ Place classifies as hidden because it’s so gosh darn so small, and can be walked past without a second thought, and we don’t blame you for walking past though, it’s not your fault you don’t know the coffee calibre that awaits inside. We also obsess over their avo on toast options.
#10 The Tiller Coffee
Impeccably designed, cooler-than-you, shipping container haunt The Tiller Coffee does quite the cup o’ Joe. The teal La Marzocco machine is the stuff of Pinterest dreams, and the coffee it produces is enough to send you into cataclysmic bliss. Weirdly located by a set of train tracks, you’d probably never find this unless you happened to be driving by. But now you know, what’s your excuse?
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