Australia has a distinct coffee culture and is often cited as being one of the most developed and vibrant in the world, and thanks to all the great Brisbane Coffee Roasters, Brisbane is no different. To this day, coffee chains such as Starbucks have a very little market share in Australia. One reason for this is that unlike in the United States and Asia, Australia already had a developed coffee culture for many decades before coffee chains came to the market. The development of the coffee industry has grown not from coffee chains but through independent cafés born out of early Greek and Italian immigration. Despite the origins of our Greek and Italian migrants, we tend to roast our coffee a little lighter here. Not just to suit our tastes, but also because of our love of milk based coffee. Whilst Queensland, and specifically Brisbane doesn’t have a huge Greek and Italian population, our coffee culture today is also built on smaller boutique coffee roasters and cafes instead of coffee chains. Brisbane hasn’t always had an artisan coffee culture. Over the past 5 years or so, Brisbane has seen a number of great roasters and artisan coffee cafes pop up all over town. To give you a quick snapshot of Brisbane’s coffee scene, we’ve compiled a list of some of the city’s best roasters and artisan coffee cafes. The freshness of coffee beans is one of the factors that contributes to a great cup of joe so getting locally roasted beans that are also roasted to perfection is the perfect way to feed your caffeine addiction. Like fruit and vegetables, coffee is a perishable commodity. After a certain period, coffee becomes stale as the oils become rancid and the aroma is lost. Fresh locally roasted coffee will always taste better than one that has spent months in transport and storage, no matter how good it is and how well it’s packaged. In the first part of this post, we’re serving up some of Brisbane’s most delicious local roasters.
Brisbane Coffee Roasters
The Single GuysThe Single Guys is a specialty coffee company born and bred in Brisbane, Australia. With a focus on sophistication, character and integrity, we seek to source and supply the finest single-origin coffee and related products to our customers. With a retail operation in the western suburbs of Brisbane, we also roast all of our coffee at a shared roasting facility for both our retail operations and our wholesale customers.
Wolff Coffee RoastersWolff Coffee Roasters was set up in 2010 by Peter Wolff after he decided to launch a new coffee roasting business. This time his focus was squarely on flavour in the cup, sourced in a sustainable way. The ultimate goal is to make specialty grade coffee available and approachable to everyday coffee drinkers. Wolff Coffee Roasters also established Wolff College of Coffee – and educational platform that provides consultation, training and education in all aspects of roasting, cupping, green coffee purchasing and plantation management.
Fonzie AbbottFonzie Abbott specialises in producing speciality coffee and offering three consistent blends (Highside, Boxer and Drifter) with a blend of the month (BOM) plus the rotation of many single origins, which they showcase throughout the year. The Fox Street Factory’s main purpose is for both retail and wholesale and has been set up as a cool little place the Fonz would be proud of.
Bellissimo CoffeeBellissimo Coffee was established in 2009 and started roasting from their flagship store at Wandoo Street in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley in 2010. Since then they’ve won multiple awards over the years to become the current highest awarded coffee roaster in Australia. Their blends include the Italian Dark Roast, Ultimo, Mocha Java, and Emporio, as well as 13 different single origins.
Campos CoffeeCampos Coffee use the highest quality beans in their specialty coffee blends. They pride themselves on the fact that they only ever use specialty grade beans, which includes all of their blends, all of their single origins and flagship Superior Blend. Campos spend a great deal of time roasting, testing, cupping and assessing the beans to ensure every roast has the right balance and flavour profiles shining through. They repeat this process again and again until they’re convinced it’s just right, each and every time. And even after this rigorous process, they still cup every morning – without fail. Their blends include Dark City, Blade Runner Blend, and the Campos Superior Blend.
Blue Sky CoffeeBlue Sky Coffee produce a range of award-winning blends to encompass milk based and black espresso, filter/pour-over, sustainable, decaffeinated and Turkish style coffees. They seasonally source varieties of Arabica beans that will allow us to achieve the desired sweetness, bitterness, acidity and aroma of our blends. Their signature blends include Crema Deluxe, Midnight Oil, Ebony Ivory, Morning Plunge, Clean Bean and Balkan Express in addition to their single origins, signature single origins and capsules. There are also a number of bigger guys that stock many great cafes and restaurants around Brisbane, including Merlo, Di Bella, and Elixir.
This list is sure to have you well caffeinated. Make sure you check out part two of this post series on Artisan Coffee Cafes.