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I love my coffee, especially flat white, but I must admit to feeling anxious about naming only five experiences in this article – there will be many, many wonderful local flat whites (not to mention lattes, cappucinos and macchiatos) that I leave out.
We are spoilt in Canberra with some brilliant baristas and cafés. Those of us who love coffee, and who are often chided by the non-coffee drinking community as being ‘coffee snobs’, hate bad coffee – it’s as simple as that. And given that we will pay upwards of $4.00 for just a tiny sip of coffee these days, we don’t want a second-rate cup.
With the city in the grip of winter, it’s the perfect time to share my (latest) top five warming coffee experiences!
Yes, I am cheating a little by squeezing two places into my number one spot, but I couldn’t resist! This Canberra based, locally owned and roasted specialty coffee company prides itself on ensuring each cup is the best…and boy, do these guys know their coffee.
Not only do they run a few café’s, but they also roast, wholesale and perfect their craft on a daily basis. ONA has some of the best baristas in town, and you can also learn a thing or two yourselves during their regular barista or latte art courses.
The café’s are hip and trendy, without being pretentious. They’re also happy to accommodate my Mum’s regular order of cappuccino, with a “dash of cold milk”. And for those of us with allergies, wonderful gluten-free baked goods are abundant.
Woden-based public servants will know all about this place; it’s crammed full of Department of Health and Ageing, Civil Aviation Safety Authority and IP Australia occupants daily!
When I started working in the area, I immediately put a call out via Twitter for its best coffee; Urban Bean was light-years ahead of its nearest competitor. Yes, I am biased because they use perfectly flavoured, roasted and strong ONA Coffee, but the atmosphere is friendly, the coffee fast and I’ve never had a bad experience.
You will also find fantastic food (the gluten-free passion fruit slice is AMAZING) and welcoming staff that remember every name and order. I am proud to say I have converted nearly all of my colleagues to this place.
Lonsdale Street Roasters (both venues!)
Some reviews have said this place is a little pretentious, but honestly I love the coffee and really like the atmosphere. Given that you can never find a seat on a Saturday morning (or any other day for that matter), I think many Canberrans agree and cannot get enough of this very Melbourne-style coffee house.
I haven’t tried the food, I don’t think they have too many gluten-free options, but the coffee is rich and made by people that know what they are doing. As the place is always buzzing, don’t hesitate to share a table with other coffee-loving Canberrans, or grab a milk crate and take a seat outside.
I love finding great coffee away from Canberra’s city centre. Head out to Hawker and you will not only find wonderful coffee and food, but excellent service in a really relaxed atmosphere. Yes, you are looking out on to an IGA and ACTTAB, but you will be so busy enjoying the experience with family and friends you will forget you are in the suburbs.
Rocksalt has become a bit of a favourite with my family and I, and also quite memorable – husband and I were signing our mortgage papers at a table outside, in the sun, enjoying wonderfully smooth flat whites and planning our life together…when he spilt his coffee all over the papers. The staff sent out two complimentary coffees and our bank manager laughed, so a happy end!
The website says this place (above) conjures the warmth of eating in a good friend’s kitchen and I couldn’t agree more. Yes, you could grab a takeaway coffee, but sit inside and you will quickly realise how comfortable and inviting (perfect in this weather) the area inside is.
Serving excellent fair trade coffee (and slightly bitter which I love), local produce and herbs from their own front door, Mocan and Green Grout has also recently started serving a dinner menu of seasonal shared plates. I am yet to try dinner, but I would love to hear from anyone who has.
What have I missed…or do you disagree? Where is your favourite coffee in Canberra?