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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    I had an espresso at Lonsdale St Roasters a few weeks ago, and it was pretty good.
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    A new coffee shop opened up recently in Woden Plaza, near McDonalds and Sizzle Bento on the edge of the food court - "Espresso Room".
    They use ONA roasted coffee and try and get very creative on their latte art.

    I've been back a few times now and their lattes (served in double walled glasses) have been of a consistently high quality.
    Prices are good too - $3 for an espresso, $3.20 for a piccolo, $3.50 for a latte.

    The only fault seems to be a slight under supply of tables and chairs, but it's a small shop.

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    Best coffee in Canberra?

    I think Espresso Room is run by the same people as Urban Bean, which explains the great coffee they serve! I work near (and frequently go to) Urban Bean and have seen the same baristas work in both places.

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    Just went to the Espresso Room yesterday. Had a couple of delicious piccolo lattes!

    Highly recommended.

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    Eventually checked out Good Brother in Dickson, which I usually walk past on my way to Yum Cha. They serve Campos coffee. I had two lattes, both were pretty good (hey, I ordered a second), and served in a timely manner. Not as much to my taste as the coffee at Two Before Ten, Louie etc, but surprisingly good for Dickson. Food ok too.
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    I finally got around to trying out Two Before Ten this weekend as I was in the building for a conference. Was a bit overcrowded by the Lycra crowd at one point, but excellent coffee.
    I also recently went to Lava Espresso Bar in Phillip recently, and the coffee was fantastic, but don't expect a big food range.
    It is starting to get so easy to find a good coffee in Canberra. Much improved over just 5 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taco View Post
    I finally got around to trying out Two Before Ten this weekend as I was in the building for a conference. Was a bit overcrowded by the Lycra crowd at one point, but excellent coffee.
    Yeh, the cyclists are hard to avoid there....even 7.45am Friday (which is the one time I usually get a coffee there). Don't think I've been served an ordinary coffee there in about 14 months.....and they are super busy at the times I go there.

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    Can anyone recommend somewhere in fyshwick for coffee and possibly beans?

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    Site sponsor Cosmorex (Kembla St) serves excellent coffee (sit in / take away) and roasted beans (a range of blends and SOs). They also have very helpful staff, and a nice 'display only' vintage coffee machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegoner View Post
    Can anyone recommend somewhere in fyshwick for coffee and possibly beans?
    Sure can - in fact you're somewhat spoiled for choice - there's the original CS sponsor Cosmorex on Kembla St, and Ona on Wollongong St. Both are great for a sit-in coffee and beans for home.

    Honourable mention to Flute bakery; although their coffee isn't snob-worthy they have some of the best sourdough and patisserie goods in the ACT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thegoner View Post
    Can anyone recommend somewhere in fyshwick for coffee and possibly beans?
    ONA, my man.

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    Dream cuisine on whyalla st are pretty decent as well. Coffee alchemy through a synesso. Really good pastries as well.

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    ONA on Wollongong Street roasts onsite and sells their beans to several excellent cafes around town, in addition to serving it well themselves. Their food is also pretty good.
    I've never tried Cosmorex's cafe, but they are also an excellent choice for beans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbr View Post
    Honourable mention to Flute bakery; although their coffee isn't snob-worthy they have some of the best sourdough and patisserie goods in the ACT.
    +1 to that.
    Their coffee was OK, but the pastries/macarons/cakes are amazing.
    I used them for my wedding cake, my guests didn't even realise they weren't specially ordered wedding cakes. Their regular standards are just so high (flute doesn't do special orders, just regular orders).
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    Thanks for the recommendations! I found Cosmorex and really didn't see a reason to move on. I know the other options are probably good too, but didn't get a chance.

    Cosmorex is a cafe/roaster/coffee machine/accessories place. Recommended.

    On another note, I went to another unnamed cafe (not mentioned yet in this thread). I noticed the milk was held over, and if it wasn't up to temp, the steam wand was put into the takeaway cup (final milk + shot already there) and reheated. Yuk! Is this normal practice?

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    I've seen the practice of holding over milk and reheating it done. It isn't normal practice, but it isn't completely uncommon either.

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    Can't say I've ever seen the reheating done in the takeaway cup with the 'finished' product already in it. Not sure I want to either.

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    Around Belconnen I'd recommend Knead Cafe in Belconnen Markets, and Ona in Chan Street (can be hard to get to, unless you work in DIAC you need to go up the fire escape). They would be two of my favourite coffee places in Canberra at the moment, along with Cosmorex and Ona in Fyshwicke, and Jindebah in Mitchell.
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    Are Cosmorex no longr a sponser? I like Cosmorex and Jindebah. LSR coffee has been very hit and miss, I think some of their not as well selling beans probably sit out for a long time and are probably stale. I haven't tried Ona yet.

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    Check out Red Brick cafe at Curtin shops, they serve some very nice coffees, blends and single origins.

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    Ona Fyshwick is my choice at the moment, not been to Cosmorex, will post when I do.

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    I've started getting beans from van der veen coffee @ mawson (Colombian Supremo) - quite nice and reasonably priced $32k/g

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    Another local roastery to try. Looks like we Canberrans are getting more spoiled for choice every month!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokey View Post
    Ona Fyshwick is my choice at the moment, not been to Cosmorex, will post when I do.
    I buy my beans from Cosmorex and have been very happy with the choice and quality.

    I have never been there for a weekday coffee but sadly, the coffee produced by their weekend barista(s) was not to my liking ... doesn't stop me going back for beans.

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    I lucked out today. My IGA had some Comsmorex "Rio Gold" that wasn't there last week, so it must be pretty new. Just poured it and got an amazingly thick, long shot. Got some of Andy's "EspressoWow" coming in the post too, looking forward to trying it. Still fighting this very unpleasant cold/flu (hopefully it's not whooping cough...) but at least I've got plenty of coffee to keep me warm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gadget View Post
    I have been on the look out for coffee enjoyment in Canberra. There is variety like anywhere!

    You will find Veneziano in a number of Cafes. Red belly Black, Hobart Place, City; a take awayin Campbell IGA shop, some other spots in city. Quality depends on Preparation.

    Crema Diction in Fishwyck uses Monte coffee (another melb blend). I like their coffee.

    Coffee Guru is a local franchise or chain. Like all of them, it depends on the prep! I have found the Woden Plaza cafe to be ok. CoffeeGuru uses Monte coffee, though a different blend from Crema Diction.

    Large local roaster Cosmorex supplies many cafes. I havent tried much of their offerings at cafes, Silo Bakery at Kingston is an excellent example of Cosmorex coffee prepared well.

    Byron Bay coffee grower Jindebah has roasting facility in Canberra. They roast all of the beans we know well at CS. Roastery has cafe attached in Mitchell. i worked out at mitchell for a while and would call in for a coffee. Often would have a SO and a blend for choice. One for milk drink one for espresso.

    In the city (Garema Place) is Gus cafe. They use classic (maybe ancient) lever machine. the place is an institution. Next to it are two other cafes. I have tried one of them, they take their coffee fairly seriously.

    I think that you will find enough places to enjoy!
    Since I posted this in October 2007 coffee in Canberra has continued to grow and develop.

    Big news locally has been Canberra's Sasa Sestic wins Australian Barista Championship!

    Local ABC covered the story, as you would expect.

    Canberra's Sasa Sestic wins Australian Barista Championship - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Sasa runs Ona coffee. When there was only one Ona, at Manuka - I had an espresso at his cafe. Prepared by Sasa, with his hat on. I usually shy away from espresso, short black, whatever you call it, because there is nowhere to hide the taste. Anyway, this espresso was exquisite. Sweet in the right places, good at the front and back of the mouth. It still tasted good 15 minutes later. Sasa expertly brought together the four elements which make for good coffee. That probably in 2009. I have had all sorts of coffee in many highly rated establishments since ( yes, I do mean Melbourne ) and haven't tasted better.

    So congratulations Sasa for your perseverance and success!

    Gadget.

    ps: quoting yourself is bad practice.
    pps: glad to see that the ACT is recognised in the Coffeesnobs forum title after initially being a separate jurisdiction, then subsumed into NSW. We make our own coffee, we should be allowed to make our own laws.
    ppps: not all of Sasa's employees have his skills at making coffee (ok by me), not all of his customers have the acuity of taste to notice.
    pppps: I have been waiting for a good reason to make my 100th post!
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    And now Sasa from ONA has taken on the world and won Canberra's Sasa Sestic wins World Barista Championship 2015 in Seattle
    Congratulations Sasa!
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    Had a cracking double ristretto at "A Bakery" opposite the Nishi Building, using Two before Ten Beans.
    Tried a number of other places too - but their's was by far the best

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    Yep. I miss having the main Two Before Ten outlet open near my work. The food at 'A. Baker' is also very good.

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    I agree on A Baker. Also Mocan and a Green Grout which is near A Baker does a great espresso, they use a Two before Ten organic blend which is crackingingly good.

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    I went and visited Two Before Ten's new home in Aranda during the week. The car park is still in need of a resurface after a decade or more of abandonment, and a lack of signage meant I had trouble telling which door I was meant to use to get in to the cafe -I think I initially went for trhe door to their sectioned off roastery, and I then had trouble finding a menu - no menu on the wall behind the counter, no menus on tables, I and I didn't initially notice the stack of A4 print out menus on a table to the side of the counter, but once I was in and placed an order - an espresso and a brisket and onion toastie, it was fantastic.
    I don't normally drink espresso, I usually will go for a milky instead, but I'll use espresso to test how good a cafe actually is, and TBT did not disappoint. I've got no idea the origin, but I think it was the best espresso I've ever tasted. A little bit acidic, a little bit sweet, low bitterness, smooth crema and mouthfeel.
    The food was decent too. The range wasn't overly large, and a lot of the menu items didn't really pop out for me, but the beef brisket and onion toastie that I ordered was great. Full of flavour, good ratio of meat to cheese to onion, served with a rocket salad on the side. The only thing I didn't really like was that it was served on a board, and that particular trend has never really sat well with me, though it wasn't the worst thing to serve in that style.
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    From one snob to another, coffee in Canberra has gotten so much better in the last three years! Worth a try are Tupelo (Alinga St, Civic), Eighty Twenty (Braddon) and Coffee Lab (Canberra Centre).
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    Is Tupelo located in on the bus interchange where the old Sunrise Cafe was? If so I missed its opening while overseas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    Is Tupelo located in on the bus interchange where the old Sunrise Cafe was? If so I missed its opening while overseas.
    Not sure as I don't think I ever saw Sunrise but I'm sure Google Maps will help you out. Good jaffles too.

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    +1 to Tupelo - putting Code Black beans to good use.

    Also had some good coffee at both the Cupping Room and Harvest on a recent work trip - but will miss TBT from that neck of the woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tashie View Post
    Not sure as I don't think I ever saw Sunrise but I'm sure Google Maps will help you out. Good jaffles too.
    Yeh, I didn't phrase my post precisely. I realise it is on the bus interchange....was just trying to picture which shop it was located in. The Sunrise Cafe was a sort of a dodgy late night haunt for hamburgers and fried food like you'd get at a rural Easter Show They also did some alright stuff. Coffee was awful.

    EDIT: Apparently it was actually called the Sunrise Food Bar and Cafe Lounge.

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    People should check out Barrio in Braddon. Sam Burns is the man behind the show there who used to be the head roaster at Two Before Ten. Super nice people, great espresso and batch brew. Baked goods are provided courtesy of A.Baker. Glassware is from local artists.
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    Canberra coffee

    bean drinking some nice shots at a place called Autolyse, on Lonsdale street. Just FYI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taco View Post
    I had an espresso at Lonsdale St Roasters a few weeks ago, and it was pretty good.
    a second on this one. The espresso I was served up recently using some unwashed Brazilians was superb.

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    Continuing to report on Canberra Coffee:

    Just tried the espresso at a relatively new place called Torpelo, near the Pancake Parlour in the bus interchange



    After chatting to the owner Nic about his set up and approach to coffee, I left really interested in what this place is doing.

    Gratefully it is also translating in the cup, as I had one of the more nuanced cups of espresso Iíve had in some time. I think that is what they are going for.

    Milk coffees are great too. Really pronounced flavour.


    Well worth checking out.

    They use a La Marzocco Linea and grind for all espressos through an EK43, dosed to 20 grams. From memory Nic is getting a 60 gram yield out of it, with a 25% extraction. Thatís quite a long pour.

    He does this, he says, because the Code Black beans he uses are so soluble that they warrant the extra fluid in the cup.


    Results in a classy finish. There are arguments for seeking something a little more viscous and even more creamy. But thatís just my preference.

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    Another cafe to add to the Canberra mix. Highgate Lane in Kingston. They are a roaster, and serve some pretty amazing espresso. The beans I've tried have been top notch also.

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    Get a coffee made right at Wright - Molonglo Valley

    Hello All,

    I've discovered a mobile cafe that sets up every Sunday between 9am and 12pm at one of the newer suburbs of Canberra called 'Wright'.

    He sets up in 'Link Park' in Wright at the co-ordinates of -35.324686, 149.036695 (Roughly) Google Maps is a little old as I write this, Google Maps for Android is a little newer.

    What's great about this location is it's right near the start of what's called the 'Cotter Run' . This is where motorcyclists and other motoring enthusiasts hoon around the back parts of the country side.

    So, if you're into motorcycling in Canberra you'll know of the 'Cotter Run' but you may of not known what awesome coffee is served by San from 'Our Dream Cafe' mobile coffee van every Sunday between 9am and 12pm at Link Park Wright just as the cotter run turns off the suburban streets and heads out to the back of the mountains. Why not stop for a coffee first, then have your second at the space center?


    Even if you're not into motoring around the back parts of the mountains, grab a take-a-way before heading down to the Cotter Avenue recreation area.
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    Trevs@Dickson

    Have been to Dickson, Canberra a couple of times over the past three months. Discovered this place in Challis Street one morning when looking for some breakie. Friendly staff, good food and great coffee. They use fresh roasted beans from Black Mountain Coffee ACT.
    Definitely worth a try if you're in that part of Canberra.

    +1 for Coffee Lab in the CBD

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    Good Brother? Opened not long before I moved to Melbourne,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    Good Brother? Opened not long before I moved to Melbourne,
    Is that the one just around the corner from Trevs using Campos coffee? Was going to try them but they were closing up at the time.

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    Espresso Room in Belconnen Westfield shops does some nice shots. Had to lay some carpet at the cinemas for 2 days and was lucky enough to find a specialty coffee shop in the shopping centre. I think the second time I went there for a coffee they made me a second espresso for free to compare the single origin as a double ristretto and double espresso.

    Always nice when a cafe gives out freebies when you drink single origins black.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewster View Post
    Is that the one just around the corner from Trevs using Campos coffee? Was going to try them but they were closing up at the time.
    Oops, accidental submit... could be, they're in the courtyard just off Challis from memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    Oops, accidental submit... could be, they're in the courtyard just off Challis from memory.
    Yep, that's them.
    It's a pity I won't be back anytime soon, son living in Canberra is moving to Sydney in January.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewster View Post
    Have been to Dickson, Canberra a couple of times over the past three months. Discovered this place in Challis Street one morning when looking for some breakie. Friendly staff, good food and great coffee. They use fresh roasted beans from Black Mountain Coffee ACT.
    Definitely worth a try if you're in that part of Canberra.

    +1 for Coffee Lab in the CBD

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    Yeh, they are good (both for food and coffee). They used to use Campos....didn't realise they'd switched beans. They also got a big thumbs up from me for replacing the worst named cafe in history ('Spill the Beans').
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