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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?
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kevmitch20 4:48 pm 06 Nov 09

Knead Patisserie (Belco), Cook and the Grocer (Gungahlin), and Psyche Deli on Barry Drive (they are only open Mon – Fri though :()

kiki1978 12:36 pm 01 Nov 09

I can’t believe nobody has mentioned Deli Marco in Dickson. Four out of five times I will get an exceptionally good coffee and the food there is equally good. Also since moving to the Belconnen area, I’ve been adamant on sourcing the best brews, and have found Knead Patisserie (Belconnen Markets) to be pretty good.

tidalik 11:32 am 27 Oct 09

Hi Rad Dave
If you are ever in Belco on a weekday you should definitely try Blended Bliss on the first floor of the Churches Centre, but only in the mornings when the regular barista is working. He makes small, powerful flat whites.

I went to Orange Bean recently but wasn’t that impressed with the coffee there.

I’m also a fan of Loui in Civic, even more so since that hilarious post here a few months back.

newton2009 5:07 pm 20 Oct 09

For what it is worth I don’t mind Tonic but I have now moved over near WestRow and the best place by far is Blue Olive. They have changed hands recently I believe and the coffee has improved big time and they are now open on Saturday mornings yay. If you are in Kingston try Velo republic it is good but not as good as the Blue Olive.

eponymous 1:23 pm 20 Oct 09

On Friday, I had what may have been the best, well balanced short black I have ever enjoyed.

What really impressed me was that I had it in Mitchell! Grandma’s Little Bakery is in Mitchell Shops (yep, not far from the pub with the strippers) and makes great food and exceptional coffee. The guy who made it for me made sure everything was meticulously cleaned, warmed my cup and watched the flow until he was happy with the result. (He threw the first attempt away.)

It was sublime. Rich, sweet and without bitterness. Made with love.

Who’da thunk it..? Mitchell!

Holden Caulfield 10:18 am 20 Oct 09

trix, keep up that solid gold work. Pretty soon your reputation might precede you and you’ll end up a RiotACT legend.

Muttsybignuts 9:13 pm 19 Oct 09

Apparently I have a decent sized plonker so I don’t need to compensate with being all intellectual about coffee. It is a drink. Sometimes I like it. Sometimes I like it a little less. I’ve never had a cup so awful that i have refused to drink coffee ever again ( and I drank Pablo when I was growing up).

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