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There is a plenitude of coffee shops in Brisbane; you can get a cup of Genovese, Merlo, Di Bella or Lavazza on nearly every street corner.

To have an experience that is unique and memorable however, specialty coffee is the way to go (and in Brisbane, you need to know where to look).

Bunker Coffee

On a little side street a block from hectic Milton Road, you’ll find a relaxed coffee shop located in what was originally an ex-army bunker (it’s more than just a name!). This petite venue not only encompasses a La Marzocco, a fridge full of delicious iced beverages, and amazing hot chocolate, but also a crew of passionate, friendly individuals. Whether you’re dropping in for a quick takeaway or you’re after a place to sit and muse over quality coffee, Bunker will hit the spot.

Address: 21 Railway Terrace, Milton
Hours: Monday – Friday, 6:30am – 3:30pm
Coffee: Blackstar Coffee with single origins and guest blends
Food: Small selection of cakes and sweets
Owner: Marcus Allison

Cup Specialty Coffee

Cup has nailed that rare combination of quality coffee, delicious food, and entertaining conversation. It’s the type of place where you can pop in for a quick espresso on the run, or you can spend hours drinking filter coffee while chatting to the friendly crew. From the handmade fit-out to the in-house roasting, Cup brings great specialty coffee to West End, with a personal touch.

Address: 85 Russell Street, West End
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 7am – 4pm
Coffee: Roasted in-house
Food: Light meals with selection of sweets
Owners: Josh and Sarah Russell

Dandelion & Driftwood

The most recent addition to the Brisbane coffee scene, Dandelion & Driftwood is an eclectic combination of masculine and feminine, old school and new school, quality and character. All their coffee is roasted in-house for either their espresso (two house blends and two single origins on offer) or their “brew bar” (trifecta, aeropress, cold drip, syphon, and chemex). A range of eighteen handpicked teas is also available, not to mention a small and delectable menu of light meals and sweets. Peter, Penny, and the rest of the team at D & D take great care with every aspect in this café, and it shows.

Address: Shop 1, 45 Gerler Road, Hendra
Hours: Monday – Saturday 8am – 4pm, Sunday 8am – 2pm
Coffee: Roasted in-house
Food: Light meals with selection of sweets
Owners: Penny Lowe and Peter Wolff

One Drop Specialty Coffee

Located in the foyer of an office building, One Drop proves that you can find something special in the most unlikely of places. Run by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team, One Drop offers everything from espresso (house blend and guest coffees) to a variety of filter methods (syphon, chemex, aeropress, or cold drip). Food is simple but tasty, and on Friday mornings the menu becomes a tad more indulgent with the delightfully titled Breakfast Club; I could list the menu options, but all you really need to know is that the food (and coffee) is delicious, and you’d best be there.

Address: 5/515 St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley
Hours: Monday – Friday 6am – 4pm
Coffee: Cleanskin Coffee Co. with single origins and guest blends
Food: Light meals with selection of sweets (Breakfast club on Fri morn)
Owners: Ben Graham and Blaine Swanborough

This is a small list, and just a place to begin. I guarantee, the more you talk to the owners and baristas in these coffee shops, the more of the Brisbane coffee scene you’ll discover.

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