You can't spend a minute in Brisbane and not realise how much we love coffee. We know how to distinguish a good cup of coffee from a poor one, we are finicky when it comes to brewing techniques and devices, and we love both the subtlety of single origin beans and the richness of blends.
Today we are going to spend some time appreciating the often underestimated batch brew, and celebrate all the cafes that are serving it up for us every morning.
Here is where to get a bloody good brew in Brisbane
Day Made Supreme
I would be hella shocked if Day Made didn’t make a standout batch brew, as they are the Brisbane home of New Zealand roasters, Coffee Supreme. A long counter with coffee apparatus galore is the central feature of the bright, airy space, and there is always a barista behind the machine carefully tending to every order that comes through. Bless their soul.
Is there anything the team at Atticus Finch can’t do?! Renowned for their love of puppy pals and their unique menu, they are also extremely passionate about creating delicious coffee. Using a rotating selection of Coffee Supreme single origins, they prepare a fresh, piping hot batch brew every morning to fire you up for the day. And the best part? Bottomless cup! Meaning you can have as much as you need to get some pep in your step.
Microlot Coffee House
Microlot is an unassuming little café on Brisbane’s Southside, but there is nothing meek or ordinary about what you experience when you walk inside. With fresh interiors and timber finishes, Microlot is immediately welcoming. Due to their close relationship with coffee bean farms in Tolima, Colombia, they roast their own beans on site, resulting in a truly unique cup of coffee. Their standby batch brew is the best way to sample the subtle differences in flavour with each new bean.
King Arthur Cafe
Go for the perfectly prepared coffee and gorgeously unique menu, stay for the delightfully charming staff. King Arthur Café is easily one of our favourite Brisbane cafes, due largely in part to their use of Sunday’s Coffee Co beans, roasted on the beautiful sunny coast. Pair a cup of brew with their Not Waste Bowl of greens, spiced chickpeas, tempeh, and tahini to power yourself up for an afternoon strolling James St.
The Single Guys
One of the more popular specialty coffee companies in Brisbane, The Single Guys are absolute mavericks when it comes to single-origin coffee. Their knowledge of everything involved with the coffee roasting process is next to none, and their respect for the farmers who supply their beans is refreshing. Add to this a penchant for perfectly brewed coffee, and it’s no wonder they are so popular.
Pablo & Rusty’s Coffee Roasters
Pablo & Rusty’s is the CBD coffee house that is bringing specialty coffee to the good people of Brisbane City. Coming from a background in chemistry, P & R’s founder, Saxton, has refined the way they produce coffee and distilled it to an art form. His focus on sustainability and research means they can continually improve their product and their role in the industry as a whole. But all this aside, they make a mean coffee and their batch brew is next to none.
Maybe you’ve seen some of their work floating around Instagram (their latte art is truly mesmerising to watch) or maybe you’ve seen the lines outside the front of their café, eagerly awaiting their java hit from their pavement coffee cart. Possibly you’ve heard they were the top rated café on Beanhunter in 2016. Either way, it’s clear that there is something special about this CBD sanctuary. At Coffee Anthology, nothing is more important than producing the perfect cup of coffee every single time. Their batch brew is consistently good; hot, strong, and most importantly, delicious AF.
This South Brisbane hot spot from the mind of Jerome Batten (of Newstead cafe and grocer, Sourced Grocer) is all about has one of the best breakfast menus in Brisbane (I'm talking Spanish mackeral with heriloom tomatoes and smoked sabayon). Gauge understands that a complete breakfast is more than just the food, it's also about the coffee, which is why their choice of Marvell St Coffee Roasters as their home brew is such a brilliant move.
Day Made Supreme | Image credit: Hayley Williamson