Best Regional and Metro Cafes 2015

We’ve crunched the numbers to find out the best Australian regional and metro cafes for 2015. Congratulations to all of these cafes that met the bench mark.

Early next year we will be releasing the winners for our annual national awards. (You can see the winners from 2013 here and 2014 here.) Make sure you continue to review and upload photos for your favourite cafes to increase their chances of making the list.

Brisbane CBD

  1. Coffee Anthology (Brisbane CBD, Brisbane)
  2. John Mills Himself (Brisbane CBD, Brisbane)
  3. Strauss (Brisbane CBD, Brisbane)
  4. Toby’s Estate Espresso Bar (Brisbane CBD, Brisbane)

Brisbane North

  1. Double Brass (Caboolture, Brisbane)
  2. Ricochet Espresso (Fortitude valley, Brisbane)
  3. Bird&Deer Espresso Bar (Lawnton, Brisbane)
  4. Ltd espresso brew bar (Fortitude Valley, Brisbane)
  5. Revolution Espresso Lounge (Caboolture, Caboolture, Brisbane)
  6. Cleanskin Coffee Co (Brendale, Brisbane)
  7. Bold Coffee (Bald Hills, Brisbane)
  8. Dandelion & Driftwood (Hendra, Brisbane)
  9. The Lodge (The Gap, Brisbane)
  10. The Fort Specialty Coffee (North Lakes, Brisbane)
  11. Crampton Social (Keperra, Brisbane)
  12. The Tiller Coffee (Alderley, Brisbane)
  13. Reverends Fine Coffee (Fortitude Valley, Brisbane)
  14. The Beansmith (Kelvin Grove, Brisbane)
  15. The Odyssey Project (Milton, Brisbane)
  16. Dasera Espresso Bar (Stafford, Brisbane)

Brisbane East

  1. Dovetail on Overend (Norman Park, Brisbane)
  2. Xpresso mobile cafe birkdale (birkdale, brisbane)
  3. Jacu Espresso (Norman Park, Brisbane)
  4. First Coffee Co (Wellington Point, Brisbane)
  5. Dramanti Artisan Roaster (Wynnum, Brisbane)
  6. Death Before Decaf (New Farm, Brisbane)

Brisbane South

  1. Gas Espresso (Sherwood, Brisbane)
  2. Esher St Cafe & Deli (Tarragindi, Brisbane)
  3. Grindhouse Specialty Coffee (Stones Corner, Brisbane)
  4. Wake Me Up (Slacks Creek, Logan)
  5. Reloveinc (Oxley, Brisbane)
  6. Charlie Cools Coffee (West End, Brisbane)
  7. Merriweather (South Brisbane, Brisbane)
  8. Blacksmith Specialty Coffee (Mount Gravatt East, Brisbane)
  9. Hallowed Grounds Espresso (Mt. Gravatt, Brisbane)
  10. Badminton Brew (Mount Gravatt East, Brisbane)
  11. Simply Beans The Roastery Underwood (Underwood, Brisbane)
  12. The Woolloongabba Social Club (Woolloongabba, Brisbane)

Brisbane West

  1. Foundry Artisan Coffee (Indooroopilly, Brisbane)

Western Queensland

  1. Ground Up Espresso Bar (Toowoomba, Toowoomba)

Northern Queensland

  1. Sing Sing Espresso (Cairns CBD, Cairns)
  2. Blackbird Espresso by Coffee NQ (Cairns, Cairns)
  3. Newsplus Specialty Coffee (Aitkenvale, Townsville)
  4. Caffiend (Cairns, Cairns)
  5. Coffee Dominion (Townsville, Townsville)

Gold Coast

  1. ESPL (Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast)
  2. Push Espresso (Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast)
  3. SKULL & BONES Espresso Boutique (Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast)
  4. Caffeine Kings (Miami, Gold Coast)
  5. Liquid Espresso Bar (Robina, Gold Coast)
  6. Daark Espresso (Chirn Park, Gold Coast)
  7. Base Espresso (Broadbeach, Gold Coast)
  8. Lot 1 (Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast)
  9. Percy’s Corner (Southport, Gold Coast)
  10. Canteen Coffee (Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast)
  11. The Black Sheep Espresso Baa (Coolangatta, Gold Coast)
  12. Steam & bean (Robina, Gold Coast)
  13. Parlour Coffee (Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast)
  14. Paddock Bakery (Miami, Gold Coast)
  15. No Name Lane (Broadbeach, Gold Coast)
  16. Feather and Docks (Palm Beach, Gold Coast)
  17. Blackboard Coffee (Varsity Lakes, Gold Coast)
  18. Good Day Coffee (Tugun, Gold Coast)
  19. Barefoot Barista (Palm Beach, Gold Coast)

Sunshine Coast

  1. Bean There Done That Espresso Bar (Pacific Paradise, Sunshine Coast)
  2. Compound Surf & Espresso (Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast)
  3. Kai Coffee (Warana, Sunshine coast)
  4. Lamkin Lane Espresso Bar (Caloundra, Sunshine Coast)
  5. Pallet Life Gallery & Artisan Market (Maleny, Sunshine Coast)
  6. Wonderland Espresso Bar (Noosaville, Sunshine Coast)
  7. Izba Espresso – Containing Coffee Cravings (Currimundi, Sunshine Coast)
  8. Daily Dose (Mt Coolum, Sunshine Coast)
  9. Milk and Beans Coffee House (Alexandra Headland, Sunshine coast)
  10. The Pocket (Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast)
  11. The Birds & The Beans espresso bar (Buderim, Sunshine Coast)
  12. Husk & Honey Cafe (Nambour, Sunshine Coast)
  13. The Red Shed Espresso Bar (Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast)
  14. Clandestino Roasters (Noosaville, Sunshine Coast)
  15. Black Market Espresso Bar (Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast)
  16. Jamoke (Nambour, Sunshine Coast)
  17. Francis Bean (Alexandra Headland, Sunshine Coast)
  18. Humdrum Espresso (Eumundi, Eumundi)
  19. Evolution Espresso (Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast)
  20. The Good Bean Espresso Bar (Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast)
  21. The Hidden Bean (Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast)

New South Wales
Sydney Central

  1. Gumption by Coffee Alchemy (Sydney CBD, Sydney)
  2. The Fine Food Store (The Rocks, Sydney)
  3. Bluebird Coffee (Sydney CBD, Sydney)
  4. Workshop Espresso (Sydney CBD, Sydney)
  5. Pablo and Rusty’s – CBD (Sydney)
  6. Mecca Espresso (Sydney CBD, Sydney)
  7. Klink (Sydney CBD, Sydney)
  8. Cabrito Coffee Traders (Circular Quay, Sydney)

Sydney West

  1. SteamTank Coffee (Hornsby, Sydney)
  2. The Tuckshop (Glehaven, Sydney)
  3. Yellow Brick Cafe (Castle hill, Sydney)
  4. Replay Espresso (Turramurra, Sydney)
  5. Anonymous (Blackheath, Blue Mountains)
  6. The Refinery Espresso (Hornsby, Sydney)
  7. Cassiopeia (Katoomba, Blue Mountains)
  8. The Baron (Castle Hill, Sydney)
  9. waffle co. (Penrith, Sydney)

Sydney South

  1. Coffee Alchemy (Marrickville, Sydney)
  2. Grind (Cronulla, Sydney)
  3. White Horse (Sutherland, Sydney)
  4. John Smith Cafe (Waterloo, Sydney)
  5. Cafe Without A Name (Alexandria, Sydney)
  6. Brewtown Newtown (Newtown, Sydney)
  7. The Purple Moose (Alexandria, Sydney)
  8. Campos Coffee Cupping Room (Newtown, Sydney)
  9. The Grounds of Alexandria (Alexandria, Sydney)

Sydney East

  1. FFS Coffee Bar (Darlinghurst, Sydney)
  2. The Reformatory Caffeine Lab (Surry Hills, Sydney)
  3. Single Origin Roasters (Surry Hills, Sydney)
  4. Artificer Coffee (Surry Hills, Sydney)
  5. Sample (Surry Hills, Sydney)
  6. Reuben Hills (Surry Hills, Sydney)
  7. Paramount Coffee Project (Surry Hills, Sydney)
  8. Sensory Lab Bondi (Bondi Beach, Sydney)

Sydney Inner West

  1. Dachshund Coffee (Hunters Hill, Sydney)
  2. Brewristas Coffee (Glebe, Sydney)
  3. Mrs P’s (Burwood, Sydney)
  4. Circa Espresso (Parramatta, Sydney)
  5. The Little Marionette (Annandale, Sydney)
  6. Heritage Coffee Brewers (Summer Hill, Sydney)

Sydney North Shore

  1. Coffee Brothers (Mona vale, Sydney)
  2. Story (Lane Cove, Sydney)
  3. ShotLab Espresso (Newport, Sydney)
  4. The Steam Engine (Chatswood, Sydney)
  5. Bay Ten Espresso (Lavender Bay, Sydney)
  6. Lid&Jar Chatswood (Chatswood, Sydney)
  7. Background Coffee (Newport, Sydney)
  8. Anvil Coffee Co (Artarmon, Sydney)
  9. Espresso Head (Dee Why, Sydney)
  10. Showbox Coffee Brewers (Manly, Sydney)
  11. Barefoot Coffee Traders (Manly, Sydney)
  12. elbow room (Chatswood, Sydney)
  13. Cofi House Chatswood (Chatswood, Sydney)
  14. Dose (Sydney) (Willoughby, Sydney)
  15. Bean Drinking (Crows Nest, Sydney)
  16. Salvage Specialty Coffee (Artarmon, Sydney)
  17. Pablo and Rusty’s Lane Cove (Lane Cove, Sydney)

South Coast

  1. Hyper Hyper Coffee (Nowra, Nowra)
  2. Delano Specialty Coffee (Wollongong, Wollongong)
  3. Sifters (Wollongong, )
  4. Bean Roasted Kiama (Kiama, Kiama)

North Coast

  1. Corner Lane Espresso (New Lambton, Newcastle)
  2. Door 34 (Cardiff, Newcastle)
  3. Old Johns (Coffs Harbour)
  4. The Press (Newcastle, Newcastle)
  5. Social Grounds (Port Macquarie)
  6. Barefoot Brew Room (Byron Bay, Byron Bay)
  7. One Tree Coffee Co (Charlestown, Newcastle)
  8. Artisti HQ (Coffs Harbour, Coffs Harbour)
  9. Ground Floor (Newcastle, Newcastle)
  10. Xtraction Espresso (Newcastle, Newcastle)
  11. The Tufty Hidey Hole (Newcastle West, Newcastle)
  12. Glee Coffee Roasters (Cooks Hill, Newcastle)
  13. Dark Horse Espresso (Wickham, Newcastle)
  14. Bayleaf Cafe (Byron Bay, Byron Bay)
  15. One Penny Black (Newcastle, Newcastle)
  16. Side Pocket Espresso (Mayfield, Newcastle)
  17. Bank Corner (Newcastle West, Newcastle)
  18. Suspension Espresso (Islington, Newcastle)

Northern Central

  1. Momo Wholefood Cafe (East Maitland, Hunter Valley)

Southern Central

  1. The Proprietor (Albury)

Australian Capital Territory

  1. Coffee Lab (Canberra CBD, Canberra)
  2. Espresso Room Hyperdome (Tuggeranong, Canberra)
  3. Tupelo Coffee Co. (Civic, Canberra)
  4. Espresso Room (Canberra) (Woden, Canberra)
  5. Red Brick Espresso (Curtin, Canberra)
  6. The Cupping Room (Canberra City, Canberra)
  7. Espresso Room (Belconnen, Canberra)
  8. Ona Coffee Manuka (Manuka, Canberra)
  9. Superfine Cafe (Canberra, Canberra)
  10. Lonsdale Street Roasters 7 (Braddon, Canberra)
  11. Ona Coffee House (Fyshwick, Canberra)

Melbourne North

  1. Proud Mary (Collingwood, Melbourne)
  2. Aunty Peg’s (Collingwood, Melbourne)
  3. The Brunswick East Project (Brunswick East, Melbourne)
  4. Industry Beans (Fitzroy, Melbourne)
  5. Admiral Cheng-Ho Specialty Coffee (Abbotsford, Melbourne)
  6. Union St Brewers (Brunswick, Melbourne)
  7. Queensberry Pour House (Carlton, Melbourne)
  8. Vincent The Dog (Carlton, Melbourne)
  9. Code Black Coffee (Brunswick, Melbourne)
  10. Auction Rooms (North Melbourne, Melbourne)
  11. Seven Seeds (Carlton, Melbourne)

Melbourne CBD

  1. Brother Baba Budan (Melbourne CBD, Melbourne)
  2. Cup of Truth (Melbourne CBD, Melbourne)
  3. Dukes Coffee Roasters at Ross House (Melbourne CBD, Melbourne)
  4. Patricia (Melbourne CBD, Melbourne)
  5. Little Bean Blue (Melbourne CBD, Melbourne)
  6. T-Roy Browns (Melbourne CBD, Melbourne)
  7. LB2 Specialty Coffee (Melbourne CBD, Melbourne)
  8. Market Lane – Vic Market (Melbourne CBD, Melbourne)
  9. Manchester Press (Melbourne CBD, Melbourne)
  10. Sacred Alley Espresso Bar (Melbourne CBD, Melbourne)
  11. League Of Honest Coffee (Melbourne CBD, Melbourne)
  12. Sensory Lab (Melbourne CBD, Melbourne)
  13. Axil Coffee Roasters (Melbourne CBD, Melbourne)

 Melbourne East

  1. The Storehouse (Mount Evelyn, Melbourne)
  2. The Lilydale General (Lilydale, Melbourne)
  3. Axil Coffee Roasters (Hawthorn, Melbourne)
  4. Oak Room (Ashburton, Melbourne)
  5. Top Paddock (Richmond, Melbourne)

Geelong & Surf Coast

  1. Cartel Coffee Roasters (Geelong CBD, Geelong)

Melbourne South

  1. Magic (South Melbourne, Melbourne)
  2. Monk Bodhi Dharma (Balaclava, Melbourne)
  3. Merchants Guild (Bentleigh East, Melbourne)
  4. Workshop Brothers Specialty Coffee (Glenhuntly, Melbourne)
  5. Dead Man Espresso (South Melbourne, Melbourne)
  6. il Piccolo Posto (St Kilda, Melbourne)
  7. Market Lane Coffee (Prahran, Melbourne)
  8. St Ali (South Melbourne, Melbourne)

Western Australia
Perth Central

  1. Tiger Tiger (Perth, Perth)
  2. Low Down (Perth CBD, Perth)
  3. Standing Room Only (Perth CBD, Perth)

Perth North

  1. Bossman (Mount Lawley, Perth)

South Australia
Adelaide Central

  1. Please Say Please (Adelaide CBD, Adelaide)
  2. Coffee Branch (Adelaide CBD, Adelaide)

Adelaide North

  1. The Coffee Barun (Sefton Park, Adelaide)

Adelaide South

  1. PURE Boutique Coffee Bar (Glenelg, Adelaide)


  1. Pilgrim Coffee (Hobart, Hobart)
  2. Parklane Espresso (Hobart, Hobart)
  3. Sweetbrew (Launceston)

The Home Brewer’s Guide

It isn’t always plausible to be out in the big bad world hunting beans, searching for the latest spot for joe that took three sketchy alleyways and a secret knock to find. The question arises for many… why can’t I have café-quality coffee at home?

So whether you have coffee-loving friends over, are homebound with the flu, a hermit, or dog-sitting a precious pooch, here are a few simple tips to get your home brewing game on point.

Know the game! research on how to brew your coffee with the equipment that you have. If you invited a friend to shoot some hoops and they picked up the basketball and kicked it towards you, they would look silly right? You won’t become World Home Brewing Champion without knowing how to play the game.  Coffee can be a fun, simple process, but first you need to know the process.

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A good worker should never blame his tools. This does reign true, however some tools don’t perform well as others. This doesn’t mean you have to end up spending a fortune, but a few essentials can improve the quality of your cup. Slowly add to your coffee arsenal over time. You don’t have to come out guns blazing and give away your life’s inheritance for the latest espresso machine that the offices of M16 doesn’t even have yet. My setup at home consists of a hand-grinder and an Aeropress. Start with a simple brewing process like a V60 or an Aeropress and eventually add a grinder to your gadgets. Many café’s that retail coffee can pre-grind beans for you so a grinder isn’t essential straight off the bat. 

Experiment! There are so many variables in the brewing process, try altering some to figure out how to make your favourite cup. Is the coffee too bitter? Try a coarser grind. Have a go at changing the grind size, temperature, brewing time and see how it changes the end result. Don’t rush the process, remember, good things come to those who wait.

You can’t make good coffee without a bag of fresh good coffee. As precise as your brewing process might be, nothing is going to turn those coffee grounds accompanying the “free lunch” of curried eggs into a tasty, floral filter.

Finally, when in doubt ask your barista. If they have more gadgets on their wall than your year 9 science class, and are as crazed about coffee as their constant upbeat tempo from a caffeine-addiction might suggest, don’t be afraid to talk to them about your coffee woes.

Alternatively, if your favourite barista is M.I.A. submit your questions to a forum of fellow coffee-lovers (*hint: see add comment below). Happy beanhunting!

(* I would like to take this opportunity to say I am a big ambassador for curried egg sandwiches and in no way does its association with poor coffee reflect my views on said sandwiches.)

Cafe Accounts Launched!

We have been working hard behind the scenes and drinking copious amounts of coffee to bring you something new to add to your Beanhunter experience. We are very excited to announce the launch of the Beanhunter Cafe Accounts!

The Beanhunter Cafe Accounts provide a greater user experience by giving cafes a chance to respond to reviews, upload photos and get in touch with their valued customers… That’s YOU! We believe the launch of these accounts are very important, giving cafe owners a voice as we grow the community of coffee.

Let your local coffee ­hangout know they can claim their business by going to:

Attention cafe owners!

To claim your cafe listing, head to

As a cafe owner you can:

  • Respond to reviews,
  • Get a fancy ‘verified badge’
  • Receive alert emails
  • Upload your own photos
  • Find staff through our job board
  • and more

We would love to get your feedback, as we update and add more features coming soon.

The Coffee Experience to host NSW and ACT Regional Coffee Championship

The search is on again to find the next coffee champions from Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales. Baristas from across the East Coast will compete in the Barista, Latte Art, Brewers Cup, Coffee in Good Spirits, and Cup Tasting competitions, with the regional winners crowned in caffeinated-glory.

Debuting in 2014, The Coffee Experience has become Sydney’s most popular coffee industry event, hosting Australian coffee and tea exhibitors. For its second year, The Coffee Experience will take place at Royal Hall of Industries in Moore Park from 3 – 5 September, and is one not to be missed by any coffee-crazed individual.

Last year saw Canberra-based barista, Sasa Sestic of Ona Coffee, win the ACT Barista Championship. Furthermore, Sasa went on to win the prestigious title of Australian Barista Champion, and World Barista Champion in April.

“State competitions have been a great way to develop my skills further. Every time I finished competing at state level I felt I had learned more,” Sasa said.

Travelling the globe, since winning the World Barista Championships in Seattle, United States, Sasa will be returning to conduct a pour over demonstration at The Coffee Experience on 3 Thursday. For the first time in six years Sasa will take a sideline from competing in the Regional Coffee Championships, but will be instead mentor and cheer from the front row for his fellow Ona Coffee team members competing in the championships.

The winners of this year’s Australian Specialty Coffee Association Regional Coffee Championships will progress to the national finals taking place in 2016, with the lucky winners representing the country at a global event.

For more information and to secure your tickets to this event visit:

Beanhunter Social- The Axil Coffee Roaster’s Chapter

On Monday night a large crowd of coffee lovers descended upon Hawthorn’s Axil Coffee Roasters, all in the name of a good cup of coffee. The Beanhunter Social gave a space for coffee-lovers to unite and learn a thing or two from industry leaders in the Specialty Coffee Scene.

We heard from Co-Head Roaster’s who not only share an obsessive passion for coffee, but also their first names, Matthew Crowley and Matthew Lewin. The pair shared their own experiences of their trips to Kenya, Ethiopia and Costa Rica. This gave incredible insight into the Q&A cupping session that was to follow, and painted the incredible picture from crop to cup.


You can view more photos on our Facebook page.

We’d like to say a big thank you to the whole team at Axil Coffee Roasters As well as a special thanks to our sponsors for the night Black Honey Skin Care, Lido Cinemas, Mornington Peninsula Brewery, Phoenix and Vinomofo.

We hope everyone who attended enjoyed the night, and keep your eyes peeled for the next Beanhunter Social.

Coffee’s Best Friend

Since the dawn of creation, the world has been pairing off like it was the last song at a blue-light disco… Adam and Eve, Bert and Ernie, Romy and Michele, Finn and Jake, PB & J, Wayne and Garth. I’m a big believer that everybody needs a best friend! That person to make you laugh until you snort or to hold you back before you get into some fisty-cuffs…

Coffee and Poop are best friends! When we drink coffee some of us need to poop. Lets get to the bottom of it and explore the relationship of this unlikely pair…

Video Source: Discovery News