You might know by now that our life pretty much revolves around what’s in our cup. Whether it be a great glass of wine, an interesting cocktail, a bespoke beer or, as we discuss here, the holy grail – coffee.
Sooooo good when it’s good and sooooo bad when it’s bad. One of life’s simple pleasures and yet just not worth having if it’s not done right.
We want just the right amount of flavour, bitterness and essence. We want to TASTE the coffee, we want to taste the exoticness of the beans. We want (if you so choose) milk that’s not boiled, sour, hot to the touch or overpowering. We want the right sized cup, simple no? (Mug-o-cino’s need not apply…insert shudder).
Call us coffee snobs, call us whatever you like, we love our coffee and after we put these Top 10 sipping spots through their paces, they came out trumps.
Wake up and smell the coffee.
Check out the best coffee experiences here, in no particular order.
- THE REFORMATORY CAFFEINE LAB
For the coffee connoisseur. If you’re serious about your coffee, you’re going to love this experimental coffee lab. Sourcing and roasting their own beans and providing a different take on the humble latte, this is not to be missed.
Read our review of The Reformatory Caffeine Lab
Shop 7B, 17-51 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills
- REUBEN HILLS
Above the warehouse interior of Reuben Hills cafe, lies some pretty serious coffee roasting equipment. You may be interested in attending a free coffee cupping session at 10 am each Friday, where you can taste experimental bean roastings.
Read our review of Reuben Hills
61 Albion Street, Surry Hills
- SINGLE ORIGIN ROASTERS
The original Surry Hills coffee spot, roasting their own beans since 2003. These guys are serious about their coffee. Plus, they also have an online shop, should you be looking to stock up on beans for home.
Single Origin Roasters website
60-64 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills
- BREWTOWN NEWTOWN
Bustling neighbourhood cafe and micro coffee roastery serving up quality caffeine, including cold drips. Also well know for their cronuts.
Read our review of Brewtown Newtown
6-8 O’Connell Street, Newtown
- COFFEE ALCHEMY
This humble suburban cafe has won numerous awards. Let’s just say they sure know coffee. (That’s an understatement). They roast their own beans and yes, you can buy them.
Coffee Alchemy website
24 Addison Road, (corner of Cook Rd and Addison Rd), Marrickville
Your ultimate CBD coffee spot. Brought to us by Coffee Alchemy. Seriously good.
Read our review of Gumption
Shop 11, The Strand Arcarde, Sydney
- SAMPLE COFFEE
Hole in the wall Surry Hills coffee shop serving consistently good coffee with friendly service.
Sample Coffee website
118 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills
- TOP HAT COFFEE MERCHANTS
This charming Clovelly local is serving up top quality brews, along with friendly service.
Read our review of Top Hat Coffee Merchants
313 Clovelly Road, Clovelly
- JOHN SMITH CAFE
These three chaps are serving up serious brews at their charming Waterloo coffee shop. Along with a healthy dose of good old fashioned hospitality.
Read our review of John Smith Cafe
1 John Street, Waterloo
- BAR INDIGO
A long standing Double Bay favourite, this spot is always buzzing. Serving up seriously quality coffee (well worth the wait for a table on weekends) along with some pretty tasty nosh.
Read our review of Bar Indigo
15 Cross Street, Double Bay