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Canberra’s Coffee Culture

By Rad Dave - 13 October 2009 67

I am the worst kind of coffee wanker.

I’ve just returned from 9 years in West End, Brisbane, where my coffee whims were met by one of the exceptional cafes within walking distance of my house. Perfect coffees every time, witty baristas with entertaining observations on the state of play and a daily ritual that felt right.

So I’m a ‘Berra Boy, born and bred. My taste for great coffee developed in Brisbane and now I’m back in Canberra I cannot find a decent brew anywhere- nothing even close to the calibre of Brissy..

I know it’s out there.. Can anyone suggest great cafes or baristas in the ‘Berra? I’ve had a lotta bad ones, just looking for a great one.

Ed (Kramer) – I know we’ve done this once or twice before, but hey… We love coffee!
Where the hell do I get decent Coffee to go in Civic?
ACT Barista Championships
Good coffee in Canberra

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Canberra’s Coffee Culture
Rosencrantz 8:41 am 14 Oct 09

Kaldi in the Civic Bus Interchange (on the ground floor of the ATSB building). We used to go to Tonic (next door) all the time, but switched when Kaldi opened on account of the choice of beans offered and the marginally lower prices 🙂

DarkLadyWolfMother 8:38 am 14 Oct 09

If you’re around Phillip try Eat Your Words Cafe. Great coffee, great baristas. The only downside is they’re open from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, so you can’t usually drop in on your way home. On the other hand, they’re great for an early wake you up.

Graham Cooke 8:23 am 14 Oct 09

Sfoglia in Dickson

Kitchen Cat 8:06 am 14 Oct 09

Peptis said :

My favourites are:

– Kingston Grind (Corner Green Sq)
– Group7 (Same building as Exchange, but much better coffee!)
– Tonic (Across from where Greater Union used to be)

I think they’re from the same people as they’re very similar and the coffee tastes the same. They have the same barista making the coffee all day (no part-timers) and I haven’t found a better place for espresso in Canberra (nice and strong, with a full mouthfeel).

I agree Group 7 and Tonic are the best places in civic to get coffee – if only they were open on the weekend!

Bluprint 6:57 am 14 Oct 09

My winner is Kaldi Coffee on the terrace above where the old Tandy used to be in Civic. I prefer them to anywhere else in Civic. Scott & Wade in there are pretty funny too 😛

Up The Duffy 11:41 pm 13 Oct 09

We need Coffee Police, and Punishable Coffee Crimes.

Tip good Staff, then they might stay in the Trade.

I-filed 11:07 pm 13 Oct 09

Clown Killer said :

Give Loui’s a go 🙂

Yeah roight! And Carlo’s in Watson!

Peptis 11:05 pm 13 Oct 09

My favourites are:

– Kingston Grind (Corner Green Sq)
– Group7 (Same building as Exchange, but much better coffee!)
– Tonic (Across from where Greater Union used to be)

I think they’re from the same people as they’re very similar and the coffee tastes the same. They have the same barista making the coffee all day (no part-timers) and I haven’t found a better place for espresso in Canberra (nice and strong, with a full mouthfeel).

Clown Killer 10:49 pm 13 Oct 09

Give Loui’s a go 🙂

Morgan 10:36 pm 13 Oct 09

Kramer said :

My recent favourite has been Orange Bean in Belconnen (new DIAC building on Benjamin Way), although it has been (or is that has bean) a little inconsistent of late. Is their prize winning barista still there???

Yeah Orange Bean is good as long as the tall bloke with the light coloured hair is making the coffee.

The new one upstairs in Aqua is pretty good too.

busgirl 9:38 pm 13 Oct 09

Peter down at Brew Bar in Thuggers makes a good coffee.
…in Civic…there’s loads of great places to get a good coffee…give them all a go till you find the one that suits you.

I-filed 9:14 pm 13 Oct 09

Sigh – even the Front has surprisingly crap coffee for a Bohemian hangout …

G.R.R 9:04 pm 13 Oct 09

Exchange on London Circuit.

You get to mingle with lame Public servants and cops. Good times.

bd84 8:42 pm 13 Oct 09

I haven’t found too many places where the coffee was terrible. But I will say that there’s a better place than Bean in the City, I enjoy waling past the people in the queue waiting there when getting my coffee in the morning.

Kramer 8:27 pm 13 Oct 09

My recent favourite has been Orange Bean in Belconnen (new DIAC building on Benjamin Way), although it has been (or is that has bean) a little inconsistent of late. Is their prize winning barista still there???

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