Winner: Bunker Coffee, Milton
No stranger to these sorts of lists, Bunker Coffee in Milton is undoubtedly one of Brisbane’s best spots to fuel up. Owner Marcus Allison knows a thing or two about specialty coffee, so it’s not unusual to see the cosy caffeine nook (formerly a 1940s war bunker) stocking some of the best beans around. The past few years also saw Marcus open a second coffee spot around the corner, with nearby Bessa Coffee ensuring Milton locals never need to walk far for a coffee fix.
Winner: Fonzie Abbott, Albion
If you’re a regular coffee drinker, there is a fair chance you’ve encountered Fonzie Abbott beans around town. This Brisbane-born roaster (and craft-beer brewery) has beans at reputable locales such as Hunter & Scout, Lucky Egg, Picnic Cafe and Bitter Suite, and also pours the goods at its recently renovated Fox Street home in Albion.
Runner-up: Edward Specialty Coffee, Brisbane City
When it comes to coffee, venue size doesn’t matter – it’s all about the quality of what’s in the cup. Inner-city hideaway Edward Specialty Coffee has been the saviour of under-slept and time-poor commuters since opening a stone’s throw from central station. Owner Abhi Gupta is a meticulous maestro when it comes to crafting the perfect cuppa, and legions of you seem to agree.
Campos Coffee, Fortitude Valley
Last year was a big year for homegrown coffee crew Campos. Although the team has been delivering excellence for years, owners Eugene Phua and John Ronchi saw the necessity of evolution, closing its famed Wandoo Street cafe and opening two new spots in its stead. Fortitude Valley locals can still get their fix at Campos Piccolo (an express-service spot on Wandoo Street), while brunch hunters can sit down to snack and sip at Campos Long Island in Newstead. These changes will certainly ensure Campos sticks around at the top of these lists for years to come.
The Tiller Coffee, Alderley
It takes a combination of several factors to determine if a coffee spot is deserving of a spot amongst Brisbane’s best, and The Tiller Coffee seems to have the formula for success perfected. From its handy shipping container home, sublime house blend from Parallel Roasters, its range of alternate brew methods and skilled staff, it’s no surprise our readers have voted The Tiller highly.
Big Bad Wolff, Hendra
Another Brisbane-born roasting operation, Wolff Coffee Roasters (and its master roaster Peter Wolff) has been at the cutting edge of the coffee craft for years, and its Hendra espresso bar is one of the best spots to sample some of the team’s excellent and sustainably sourced coffee. Alongside the espresso bar, the Wolff College of Coffee is an education resource that enlightens curious minds about everything from barista training and cupping to plantation management and roasting.
Blackstar Coffee, West End
Every morning West End locals tread a well-worn path direct to the shady surrounds of Blackstar Coffee on Thomas Street, allured by the promise of full-bodied coffee and cool bottled cold brew. The longstanding outfit boasts numerous stockists around town, two locations in West End, and a strong presence at the Davies Park Markets.
John Mills Himself, Brisbane City
Tucked away off Charlotte Street in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD is a coffee nook that boasts an incredible amount of character. John Mills Himself is a cafe and bar that prides itself on its top-tier quality, sustainability practices and its ethical lean, engaging with local roasters and providores for its selection of caffeine and nibbles. This joint comes from Bunker’s Marcus Allison, so you know the brains behind the venture are supremely passionate.
Black Sheep Coffee, Woolloongabba
Situated in the heart of a Woolloongabba industrial precinct is a stellar roasting operation that is responsible for some damn impressive boutique beans. This community minded outfit makes sourcing coffee ethically its top priority. The cafe uses a three-group Synesso Hydra machine, and it’s common to see the staff experimenting with new brew methods and beans regularly. In addition to being passionate, the Black Sheep Coffee crew aims to achieve as close to perfection as possible by eschewing shortcuts.
Coffee Anthology, Brisbane City
The skilled hands at Margaret Street stalwart Coffee Anthology have poured untold amounts of lattes, cappuccinos and cold brews, making them one of the most accomplished coffee crews in the biz. Various roasters are constantly rotating through Coffee Anthology’s repertoire of blends, but regardless of what is in the grinder, you can rest assured it’s going to be top quality.
To have a look at the complete list of winners from the 2018 EAT/drink Awards, click here.