5 of the Best Brews in Brisbane

(Written by a self-confessed caffeine addict)

Death Before Decaf, Fortitude Valley

The name says it all! Death Before Decaf is Brisbane’s only 24-hour coffee shop. Can we get a “hell yeah!” Whether you’re clocking off from a night shift or getting up at stupid-o-clock to catch a flight, DBD is there waiting for you, with arms wide open. It’s also Brisbane’s only hardcore/metal /skate inspired espresso bar. One of the things we love about DBD is that you never have to wait too long for a coffee, even when it’s packed. And let’s face it when you’re waiting for your first-morning coffee – every minute counts!

Lil Gypsy, Paddington

This has got to be the cutest café we ever did see! This vintage-inspired caravan certainly catches your eye as you drive along Latrobe Terrace, in Paddington. The coffee always packs a punch and you’re guaranteed to receive service with a friendly smile. There are some sweet and savoury treats on sale too, so you won’t go hungry!

Photo via Lil Gypsy

Merlo, Fortitude Valley

The James Street Merlo store was the very first Merlo Coffee Torrefazione or ‘roasting house’. More than 20 years ago, Dean Merlo began roasting coffee at this location and they continue to do so today. If you’re a caffeine addict, you’ll appreciate the delicious smell of roasting coffee as you step through the doors. As for their brews, well they’re just as good as the aromas that fill the air! Another thing we love about this place is that the staff are always super-friendly. If you fancy making coffee yourself, there are a bunch of coffee supplies and equipment for sale here too.

My Mistress, Clayfield

You know a place is good when there’s a line winding out the door! Now we know this isn’t a blog about breakfast but it’s well worth mentioning that the breakfast here is to die for. This cosy café is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of Sandgate Road, while you enjoy a perfectly brewed flat white (or any other poison of choice).

Photo via My Mistress

Wolff Coffee Roasters & Big Bad Wolff Espresso Bar, Hendra

This industrial coffee house is a match made in heaven, as the baristas brew up delicious specialty coffee, straight from the roastery into your hot little hands. The cool thing about this place is that you get to see ‘behind the scenes’ as coffee beans are roasted right before your eyes. The espresso bar serves up a selection of blended and single-origin beans, suitable for either espresso or filter style coffee. If you’re keen on expanding your coffee making skills, you might like to try one of the coffee training courses at the Wolff College of Coffee. With all these moving parts, they really are building their own Wolfpack and we want to join the club too!

By Amy Teixeira
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