4 January 2017

Ask RiotACT - Best coffee in Canberra?

| Rachel Moore
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Best Coffee in Canberra?

Who would blame you for feeling confused about what type of coffee to order. From the bean in your brew to the style of coffee or what milk and sweetener you might like. Phew. It can feel rather exhausting just ordering the darned coffee.

Never fear! As always, RiotACT is here to help. We need your help too. We want to know who makes the best brew in the nation’s capital? How do you like your coffee? Who do you think is the best ‘Berra barista? Let us know in the comments.

Here are just a few of the methods, milks, sweeteners and styles that contribute to the art of coffee making.

Methods of making coffee

  • Espresso
  • Plunger
  • Percolator
  • Pour-over
  • Cold press
  • Vietnamese
  • Turkish
  • Instant
  • Coffee ‘bags’

Types of milk (full, light, skim)

  • Cow milk
  • Lactose free milk
  • Almond
  • Soy
  • Coconut
  • Rice milk
  • Cream

Coffee styles

  • Espresso
  • Doppio
  • Ristretto
  • Long black
  • Flat white
  • Cappuccino
  • Latte
  • Mocha
  • Macchiato
  • Americano
  • Piccolo
  • Affogato
  • Iced (with or without icecream, cream and sprinkles!)

Types of sweetener

  • Sugar (white, raw, brown, demerara, muscovado, coconut)
  • Agave
  • Honey
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Flavouring syrups

Did we make it easier to order? Probably not! Let us know what you order regularly in the comments below!

Here are some of my favourite coffee haunts…

Two Before Ten – Cafe & Coffee Roasters

68 Bandjalong Cres, Aranda 2614

1 Hobart Place, City 2601

Kickstart Expresso

71-81 Woolley St, Dickson 2604

Lonsdale Street Roasters

23 Lonsdale St, Braddon 2612

ONA Coffee House Cafe

68 Wollongong St, Fyshwick 2603

Coffee Lab

Canberra Centre, 26 Narellan Place, Canberra ACT 2601

Tonic Espresso

7 Mort St, Canberra 2601

Chatterbox Espresso Bar

40 Cameron Ave, Belconnen 2617

38 Espresso

4/2 Trevillian Quay, Kingston 2604

The Cupping Room

1/1-13 University Ave, Canberra 2601


6 National Circuit, Barton 2600

Trevs @ Dickson

20 Challis St, Dickson 2602

Espresso Room

Westfield Woden, Keltie St, Phillip 2606

Cafe Essen

5/6 Garema Pl, Canberra 2601

Mingle Espresso Bar

221 London Circuit, Canberra 2601

This Cafe

12/5 Hibberson St, Gungahlin 2912

Early Doors Cafe

Unit 106, Gungahlin Square Gungahlin, Hibberson St, Canberra 2912

G Tree Cafe

BigW Building, Gungahlin Market Place, 26/30 Hibberson St, Gungahlin 2912

Orange Bean

5 Chan St, Belconnen 2617

Cafe 2617

34-42 Cohen St, Belconnen 2617

A Bite To Eat

8 Eggleston Cres, Chifley 2606

Space Kitchen

3g/12 Furzer St, Phillip 2606

Lava Espresso

Unit 1, 38 Townshend St, Phillip 2606

Lazy Mays

41/1 Cowlishaw St, Greenway 2900


Tuggeranong Hyperdome, 210 Anketell St, Greenway 2900

Common Grounds Gowrie Cafe

4/1 Jeffries St, Gowrie ACT 2904

Where do you love to drink coffee in the Territory?

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Coffee Lab is my pick! These guys produce consistently great coffee using Ona beans! Plus they are one of the friendliest group of staff around!

Phillip -Dundas Court – Elaines Pies do a nice genovese. and Vitamin D lots for free. unlike the caves in the Fields of West 🙂

Monster Kitchen do what would be great coffee – but unfortunately it always arrives at the table cold.

Quot homines, tot sententiae.

One that gets continuously overlooked in these numerous lists of Canberra’s best coffee is ACT Coffee Supplies in Mitchell, probably because it is not in one of the trendy cafe strips.

It gives me the consistently best coffee that I get anywhere

My first vote would be for Highgate Lane Coffee Roasters in Kingston, followed closely by Red Brick Espresso in Curtin.

My Nespresso machine that resides on my kitchen bench in first place, closely followed by The Hideout, Barton.

EQ Cafe – Deakin

The Knox – Watson

Alonzo Mourning8:58 am 05 Jan 17

Cafe au Lait-Weston Creek

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