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Student blog: where to get your caffeine fix in Brisbane

Karen Lung

By Karen Lung

Karen is from Hong Kong. She is studying a Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of Queensland.

Studying in Brisbane has changed me in many ways. Aside from the many things I learned from uni, it also led me to my obsession with coffee. Words cannot espresso how great Brisbane’s coffee scene is - with so many boutique roasters in the laneways, down the streets and on campus, it’s impossible not to be tempted.

So without further ado, here are 10 of my favourite places to get my caffeine fix before I start the day. 

Coffee Anthology, Brisbane City

This accomplished coffee crew is located at Margaret Street near QUT’s Gardens Point campus. When you walk past it in the morning, there’s always a long queue waiting for takeaway coffee. One of the highlights of Coffee Anthology is they constantly rotate the selection of blends from top coffee roaster of different countries, ensuring high quality. In addition to their coffee concepts, it is also a great place to hang out and choose from their seasonal breakfast and lunch menu.

Bunker Coffee, Milton

Bunker Coffee, Brisbane

Bunker Coffee often shows up online in listings of Brisbane’s best coffee spots. This leafy hole-in-the-wall cafe used to a war bunker in the 1940s and they now stock delicious coffee with the finest beans around. A two-minute walk away from Milton train station, they provide comfort to coffee lovers on the go.

Fonzie Abbott, Albion

As a coffee snob, you can’t go past Fonzie Abbott coffee, another Brisbane-born roaster. Easily recognisable from their lightning bolt logo, you can always encounter their signature beans around Brisbane at reputable cafes, restaurants and weekend markets. In addition to the original Albion location at Fox Street building, visit their expresso bars located in Hamilton and Fortitude Valley.

Black Sheep Coffee, Woolloongabba

Black Sheep Coffee

These skilled hands can be found in the heart of the Woolloongabba industrial area. As Brisbane’s most popular coffee roasters and distributors, they also serve specialty coffees using their Synesso espresso machine and with different filter techniques. They rotate their seasonal beans every week, so customers are assured they can enjoy an excellent choice of coffee and freshly delivered pastries.

Nodo, Newstead/Brisbane City/South Bank/Camp hill

Nodo is famous for their pretty, gluten-free doughnuts. At the same time, they also showcase a range of delicious brunch offerings, as well as smooth and aromatic coffee ground in-house. In my opinion, their coffee comes with a fruity fragrance, a perfect match with their baked goods. Their seasonal healthy lunch packs, made with fresh ingredients and unique dressings, are also highly recommended, especially when you are on a diet. Their stores are easily accessible around Brisbane and offer quick service for when you’re in a rush.

Big Bad Wolff, Hendra

Big Bad Wolff Espresso Bar

As is the case with Coffee Anthology and Black Sheep, Big Bad Wolff showcases a rotating selection of single-origin, blends and decaf beans. As one of the greatest roasters in the world with over 30 years’ experience, apart from serving the best quality of coffee, they’ve just brought iced coffee to the next level with nitrogen-infused cold-brew.

Piggy back café, Jindalee

This café with deep blue walls is nestled in Jindalee, a suburb in south-west Brisbane, which is a 10-minute drive away from Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Their Rainbow latte art makes it one of the most creative and Instagram-able coffee shops around Brisbane. Aside from the fantastic coffee, it’s hard to not fall in love with their all-day menu and relaxing settings.

Little Greek Taverna, West End

In contrast to the aforementioned cafes and roasters, this is a dine-in restaurant positioned at the busiest intersection in West End. Most importantly, there is a hidden gem on the drink menu of this restaurant that you won’t want to miss out on. It is called the Little Greek Coffee. This Greek coffee is rich but not strong, and it comes with a small cup, which is ideal for those who can’t handle strong black coffee. Run by a Greek family, visitors can experience authentic Greek cuisine and coffee here.

Blackstar Coffee, West End

Blackstar coffee is well known for their cold-pressed coffee sold at Davies Park Market every Saturday morning. Today, they have two locations in West End and have become a local leader in the coffee industry. Being a leading local coffee provider, you can easily spot their roasted Fairtrade organic coffee used in many coffee shops and restaurants.

Neli Coffee, Redcliffe

I found this big cafe by accident during a spontaneous short road trip to Redcliffe in North Brisbane a few years ago with friends and I still love to visit today. I would say they are one in a million that makes perfect mocha. This is Redcliffe’s only multi-award-winning roaster that serves specialty coffee with the best beans from around the world. Besides coffee, they are now offering a range of baked homemade goodies too. This would be an ideal place for a coffee break during the tight itinerary visiting Brisbane.

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