Coffee fans live for a great cuppa. You might need to get caffeinated before a hard day’s work. You might want to enjoy a coffee while catching up with friends, take a break from your hectic schedule or even catch up with clients.
Whatever the reason, you’ll want a quality coffee shop. That’s a shop with quality beans and a quality barista who makes that perfect cup, no matter what your style.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a coffee shop, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great coffee shop?
Choosing the right coffee shop guarantees a great experience—with every sip. These coffee shops also make every style of coffee, including cappuccino, flat white and short black. Many also make cold brew and batch brew.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a coffee shop.
- Excellent coffee. The best coffee shops take coffee seriously and only use quality beans, properly roasted. They’ll offer bold, full-flavored and smooth blends. They’ll also have special blends.
- Quality barista. You’ll want a coffee shop with an amazing barista. The best beans in the world don’t make a great cup of coffee. It’s a combo of coffee bean quality and barista expertise.
- Consistency. There’s nothing worse than having a great coffee one day and a lousy one the next—at the same coffee shop. You’ll want reliability and consistency so you can enjoy every coffee you buy.
- Quality of service. Great coffee shops have great service. They know you don’t want to wait forever for your coffee. They also know that you want friendly and welcoming staff.
- Food. Excellent coffee shops not only serve amazing coffee, they dish up yummy food. Some just offer small items like pastries. Others offer a full menu.
The best coffee shops in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Great coffee is Ona’s passion. Ona is a specialty coffee company with its own roastery. It has an entire signature range of house blends. It also has an ever-changing range of single origin coffees roasted for espresso or filter. In addition to quality coffee, Ona offers an extensive breakfast and lunch menu.
Steve Schaefer wrote on Google, “The coffee alone is the reason to stop here … but the breakfast was phenomenal.”
Two Before Ten now has four cafes across Canberra—Aranda, Hobart Place, Greenway and Brindabella Business Park. It also operates its own roastery, to maintain quality control. Two Before Ten creates its own blends, each with a unique flavour profile. Customers enjoy each cup with fabulous food, rounding out their coffee experience.
Natalia Abbasi wrote on Google, “We started with coffee but liked it so much we stayed for lunch … Will definitely come back.”
Delicious coffee, simple. That’s the Red Brick Coffee commitment to customers in its four Canberra locations. Red Brick roasts its own coffee. Blends include classic, sweet, rich, and complex. Delicious breakfast and lunch menus are available. Red Brick is dedicated to leaving as little a mark on the planet as possible.
On Google, Kathryn Stefancik wrote, “Super amazing coffee, and the staff are lovely and cheerful. They ground some coffee beans for me and made a lovely mocha.”
The Cupping Room is a concept café that takes customers on a flavour journey. Designed by the team from award-winning Ona Coffee, The Cupping Room is dedicated to producing the finest quality coffee possible—perfection in every cup. The food is as amazing as the coffee. Indeed, the Cupping Room has even published its own cookbook.
Zoe Askew wrote on Google, “One of the best cafes I’ve been to globally. Amazing coffee, amazing food, amazing staff.”
Mocan and Green Grout is a cosy, quirky, eclectic venue with an open kitchen and homely interior. The coffee shop’s dedicated team offers a simple menu of handcrafted food, at breakfast, lunch and or dinner. The coffee at Mocan and Green Grout is fair trade, locally roasted, and expertly prepared.
On Google, Ellen Harvey wrote, “Great coffee, great food, lovely people. Mocan and Green Grout is now my go-to-café.”
If you’re looking for more information on coffee experiences in Canberra, you might like our article on the best bakeries Canberra has to offer.
Your experience with the best coffee shops in Canberra
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