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International Coffee Day—is the planet shaking or is it just me?

You don’t need a pep talk or an inspirational quote this morning. You need coffee. And given today is International Coffee Day, we thought we would dedicate a post to the magic elixir. After all, we’d hate you to suffer too much morning, not enough coffee.

The last 10 years have seen our city’s coffee credentials skyrocket due to local enthusiasts, roasters, brewers and baristas for whom life without coffee is like life without…something? Sorry, I haven’t had my morning cup.

So drink up fellow caffiends and celebrate all that the following cafes contribute to our mornings, our minds, our capacity to get dressed and find words, and our ability to tolerate other people.

Today is the day we drink coffee and pretend to know what we’re doing.

Whether it’s a latte, long mac, short black, piccolo, batch brew or cold drip, we have compiled a list of some of our favourite coffee haunts. Yours not here? Leave a comment and share the love!

City + Braddon

As a committed caffiend and fiercely devoted resident of the inner north, top of Associate Editor Emma Macdonald’s list of Canberra’s best coffee establishments is the pared-back and uber-friendly surrounds of Barrio Collective Coffee on Lonsdale Street.

Using their own roasted blend, the baristas prepare all manner of brews served in Canberra region Sawpit Studio ceramic mugs. And nothing goes better with a Barrio coffee than a toastie (that will be cheese and pickle, please and thank you.)

Across the road is Lonsdale Street Roasters, an institution which helped kick-start Canberra’s coffee revolution more than a decade ago when founder Alistair Evans put his new roastery on a street formerly known for car yards and mechanics. Now his brand of coffee is sold all over the region.

A third serious player resides on Lonsdale Street at the Kyō Coffee Project, a relatively new kid on the block which is fast attracting a loyal flock.

Tucked away in a laneway in the Palko Building, Kyō ably brews Single O coffee from within a tiny brick cube facing a busy courtyard.

If Emma ever leaves Lonsdale Street, it’s usually only to be lured away to our office in the nearby NewActon precinct, passing The Cupping Room en route in City West.

A concept café from Canberra’s very own international barista champion, Sasa Sestic, The Cupping Room delivers a steady stream of ONA coffees to the eager masses— alongside a thoughtful menu.

If the queue is too long there, she’ll often head over to the picturesque corner of NewActon that is home to Močan & Green Grout, where the smell of freshly ground beans is matched only by the aroma of herbs in giant tubs growing outside.

Harvest has long been a favourite of those who live and work in the heart of the city, and boldly proclaims itself the home of  “Canberra’s Best Coffee”. We don’t dare wade into that storm, but these guys do make a mean espresso, pour over or cold brew. On warm days, their iced latte is the bomb.

Want one more? ILY (nestled right under the HerCanberra office!) is our go-to latte dealer during the work day. Their baby pink aesthetic is the proverbial icing on the cake.

Weston Creek and Woden 

For those close to Cooleman Court, there are plenty of caffeine options to kick start the day (and your heart). Head to Little Billy’s on Trenerry Street to indulge in a Killer Bean Macchiato or wander over to Lava where they serve some seriously tasty coffee (Wood & Co is on high rotation). You’ll find another Lava incarnation in Phillip.

If the lines are too long and the cravings are too strong Cafe Au Lait and Coffee Guru are also located in the shopping center and are ready to pour your favourite beverage at a moments notice. 

Across the road in Rivett, Pitch Black Cafe is always a favourite. Using Seven Mile Roasters coffee, the team never fails to make a good coffee so locals can start (and end) their daily grind there. 

If you’re located closer to Woden, worry not. Along with killer French Toast, Stand By Me in Lyons has Roastworks Coffee Co Espresso and filter coffee available for takeaway, perfect to grab during your daily walk.

If you feel like you’ll want another hit ASAP, keep walking to duck into Space Kitchen to order from their espresso bar. Red Brick Espresso is a must-visit for caffiends located in Curtin, and Home Ground Cafe in Hughes has coffee by ONA to cure all the cravings. 

If you’re more of a Mawson person, pop into California Cafe or Lil Milkbar for a takeaway. If you don’t want to head into the heart of Woden, Farrer’s hidden gem Fox and Bow will quickly become a coffee run favourite with their speciality coffee.

Across the road in Torrens, it’s no surprise a cappuccino is a best seller at Smogue while for Chifley locals A Bite to Eat serves hot and cold coffee until 2 pm, perfect for afternoon latte cravings.

Inner North

One of the best parts about living in Canberra’s leafy inner north is having brilliant coffee a stone’s throw from your doorstep.

A mecca for coffee lovers, Highroad in Dickson serves ONA coffee to perfection in one of Canberra’s most stylish cafes (those booths!). Around the corner, you’ll find local favourite Good Brother where, of a weekend, gaggles of cyclists like to end their ride.

In nearby Lyneham, you’ll find iced lattes created with Two Before Ten beans and served with a smile at The Front Cafe & Gallery. Down the road, keep an eye out for Clay‘s subtle signage. This somewhat inconspicuous Redbrick cafe does a roaring trade in lockdown takeaways—and with oodles of space to safely spread out and wait for your order, it’s a great place to soak up some sun.

A little further north you’ll find Watson’s crowning glory—The Knox where house-made pastries compete for your attention with piping hot lattes and over in neighbouring Downer, take your Gang Gang Cafe takeaway coffee to the lush green playing fields next door. This sweet suburban outpost is fast becoming one of the most popular cafes in the Inner North.

In Ainslie, takeaway coffees are best served with a side of sourdough at BAKEHOUSE or by the friendly window baristas at Edgar’s on the corner.

Closer to the lake, Campbell has become something of a haven for those seeking the perfect flatty. Teddy Picker’s was the first to the scene, with its loyal following and leafy interiors.

Up the road, you’ll find Intra where specialty coffee blended by Sydney’s Edition Coffee Roasters is poured rain or shine.

Inner South

Kingston is the latest suburb to be conquered by Lava Coffee’s expanding empire. High-quality speciality coffee and light eats—think toasties and local pastries—are served up in a light-filled space with nods to Scandinavia and Japan.

Across the road, tucked away in a quiet arcade behind bustling Green Square, you’ll find Highgate Lane Coffee Roasters—the Canberra coffee brand that began in 2012 with a homemade roaster cobbled together from a heat gun, bread maker and digital thermometer.

Around the corner, Instagram-worthy interiors and an eclectic menu make Penny University a popular spot for a takeaway latte and down by the water, if you like your coffee with a view, Thirty8 Espresso is the place.

A bustling café by the water’s edge on Kingston Foreshore, Thirty8 Espresso serves Axis Roasters brews and is a popular choice with locals. Nearby Dockside has cute as a button interiors to enjoy post-lockdown but in the meantime, there’s always a takeaway long black made with ONA coffee.

Across Telopea Park, you’ll find that wholefoods cafe Maple + Clove serves up more than just delicious (and healthy!) takeaways goodies—and yes, we mean great coffee.

In Manuka, service at Typica’s coffee window rarely slows, such is this café’s reputation for a quality cup; and it’s Hamptons meets French Provincial chic at Urban Pantry across the green. This breezy daytime destination serves up old favourites with a twist—and damn good coffee.

Frequented by public servants, Hideout is an APS favourite. Their sister café Ritual in Little National Hotel is also one to check out. We recommend coupling a creamy cappuccino with one of their chocolate chip cookies (with a Rolo in the middle for an oozy caramel surprise!)

Tuggeranong

For the coffee snobs south of the great divide (Lake Burley Griffin), there are still plenty of places to help you start the morning off right. Lazzari Bros Espresso in Kambah never misses a mark, serving quiet home-style coffees that go well with their homemade desserts. 

Common Grounds in Gowrie focuses on the basics and never fails to get it right: Serving fresh, hot coffee that can be ordered online for contactless pick up, you’ll be well catered for. Serving giant coffees every day, The Public Place at Chisholm always hits the spot and is perfect to grab and go while shopping for essentials. 

For those with South.Point within their 5km radius it’s hard to go past Brew Bar. Always attracting people from all walks of life, it hits the spot with anyone looking for good quality coffee.

The southern outpost of the Espresso Room uses a lustrous blend by ONA which cups beautifully as a milk-based coffee and well-bodied, smooth and balanced as a black coffee.

5 Senses also dishes up some pretty tasty fare, five days per week, and serves great coffee. For a café a little more off the grid, walk down to Two Before Ten in Greenway. Facing Lake Tuggeranong, it’s the perfect excuse to enjoy the Spring sunshine as you sip perfection in a cup. 

Lanyon residents have Black and White Espresso to cure their caffeine cravings. If you order a day in advance, they can even deliver the next day so you don’t need to leave your couch.

Fyshwick, Pialligo + Majura

A long-standing favourite among Canberrans—and for good reason—ONA Coffee House is home to ONA’s wholesale roastery, so you can see the coffee roasting process first-hand or learn how to make the perfect coffee from the masters (something to look forward to post-lockdown?). Just up the road is Fyshwick stalwart Pellegrino’s,  serving up great coffee as well as all-day breakfast—this sunny industrial-chic café is the perfect place to refuel.

Head to Wildflour for amazing coffee, but don’t leave without a loaf of crusty bread or a delicate pastry. At Wildflour you’ll find a counter laden with fresh patisserie, pies, salads and ready-made sandwiches—all prepared fresh each day by French chef Romain Remy and his team.

A slick light-filled space in the heart of Fyshwick, Redbrick’s flagship store is part roastery, part coffee shop. A light food menu and freshly baked pastries complement a seasonally rotating filter and espresso offering.  And you can choose your adventure when it comes to Three Mills Bakery; find their flavourful coffee, pastries and pies at two sites—their original Majura Park digs or the new Fyshwick store, custom-built to accommodate a state-of-the-art pastry room.

The wholesome haven you didn’t know you needed, As Nature Intended is a one-stop-shop for the eco-conscious, with a diverse range of environmentally friendly beauty products and homewares alongside an organic mini-supermarket. Their café serves up seriously decadent cakes and slices as well as hearty breakfast and lunch options and truly excellent coffee.

Gungahlin

Coffee lovers in Gungahlin shouldn’t go past Atlas on Hibberson Street. Offering some serious pour options using Two Before Ten beans, they’re certainly not your average shopping centre coffee shop! From Batch Brew to AeroPress, Pour Over to Cold Brew, you’d better dust off your coffee snob lingo before venturing in. 

In a hurry to get back to your Netflix binge session? Dobinsons Gungahlin offers contactless pick up until 3 pm so you don’t even need to leave your car to enjoy their uniquely custom-roasted rich and full-bodied Nerissimo blend. For those looking to escape Canberra, Le Bon Melange is a little piece of Europe here in the heart of Gungahlin that offers great Italian-style coffee. 

Known for their comfort dishes, the coffee at Sunday in Canberra is not to be ignored. Serving filtered coffee along with the classics, treat yourself to a creamy cappuccino and a smashed avo croissant. If you’re looking for something closer to the Marketplace Gungahlin, The Creamery & Co is also worth a visit. Using full body beans from Campos Coffee, the artisan café prides itself on only its quality coffee. 

For Hall residents (and those who are lucky enough to have the suburb close by) there are several options to delight even the pickiest of caffiends.

Daughters at Hall is serving coffee seven days a week, including puppachinos for our four-legged friends! We also recommend trying the coffee and TinyTeds cheesecake for a sweet treat.

Frankies at Forde can’t be ignored for those living in the suburb. This little gem is the perfect coffee stop for an early morning fuel up or a cheeky Espresso Martini to go for the best of both worlds on International Coffee Day.

Just down the road, Casey’s tinker tailor puts coffee at the centre of their business. Featuring three unique blends Cypher, Seasonal and Moneyball, they all taste delish. 

Belconnen

For Belconnen residents looking for a caffeine fix, Chatterbox Espresso Bar is known for its friendly baristas and outstanding coffee. Working closely with their roaster to create a blend that uses only the finest micro-lot beans available, Chatterbox is committed to deliver the best coffee experience.

Neutral Grounds Espresso is another must-visit in Belconnen. Serving quality barista-made coffee, they understand multiples are a need, not a must. If you’re walking through the markets during an essential shop, Market St Eats and Knead Bakery serve great specialty coffee. 

The original home of Two Before Ten, Aranda coffee lovers can always find a unique blend to love. Pop in to grab a takeaway and walk around the Urban Farm to identify the different types of fruits, nuts, vegetables and herbs growing throughout.

Lucky Shot in Holt is also a favourite with locals, serving up Pablo & Rusty’s coffee.

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