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The blackest of all sheep

posted by Emmy O'Neill December 14, 2017 0 comments

Hiding in the industrial streets of Woolloongabba is my favourite of all the coffee shops! I am almost tempted to not give away the address for fear that all the hipsters of Brisbane will travel far and wide just to get a taste of one of Brisbane’s most perfectly extracted espresso. Black Sheep is more than a coffee shop. It is an iconic, right of passage for all coffee lovers…or tea lovers, or hot chocoalate lovers or chai lovers…[the staff at Black Sheep are a very inclusive bunch].  Continue Reading

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Up Up Up And Away…

posted by Emmy O'Neill December 8, 2017 0 comments

A morning in the departure lounge at Brisbane Airport, sipping espresso and awaiting a holiday *Cue destination holiday daydream*

Last week I packed my bags and headed to Brisbane Airport for an adventure – only we didn’t leave the ground…

Whilst I would love to say I was jet setting off to come exotic location (oh hello Bali please let me Eat, Pray, Love you); I was actually there to taste test some of Brisbane’s finest beans and brews – something I was sceptical even existed at an airport. After all, I thought airports were home to instant coffee and not much else. Boy-oh-boy I was wrong.

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Brisbane’s Best Coffee – North Side

posted by Alice Duffield April 13, 2015 0 comments

Looking for Brisbane’s best coffee? Do I have a treat for you! If you haven’t already, you need to check out The Tiller Coffee in Alderley – a mere 4k’s north of Brisbane city. If you’re a cawfee nut, this is going to make your little coffee-snob heart go wild.

The Tiller Coffee

The Tiller’s coffee is sourced from the famous coffee guys at Wolff Coffee Roasters so you know it’ll be amaarrrzing. Not only is the coffee to die for and the bagels can come GLUTEN FREE AND delicious, but the owners Chris and Charlie will make you melt and want to smooch all over their faces. More delightful baristas, you never will meet.

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The Tiller has just released their new menu and it’s pretty dang delish. You can find bagels stuffed with grilled peach, serrano, mint yoghurt and sweet dukkah (best, best, best dukkah ever) OR haloumi, grilled zucchini, rocket and red onion relish. If bagels don’t tickle your fancy and you have a sweet breakky-tooth try their delicious bircher with roasted almonds, ginger and mint. YES FLIPPING PLEASE.

Since moving to the UK a few weeks ago, there are a few things I miss about Brisbane: Friends, kinda. Family, meh (JK Mum). My local coffee joint, The Tiller – SO MUCH.

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This post is NOT sponsored. We just seriously love these guys and think you should too! Also – how amazing is this photography by Theresa Grace.

The Tiller Coffee


81 Mina Parade, Alderley (near the big chimney)

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Attention coffee lovers – Merlo’s Cold Press has Arrived!

posted by Abby Page April 1, 2015 0 comments

Attention coffee lovers! Merlo Coffee has officially released the Black Bear Cold Press; cold coffee for the coffee purist!

Even if you’re not coffee fan, I’d be extremely surprised if you didn’t recognize the blue and white brand that is Merlo. Dotted all around the city, Merlo has been making coffee for many, many years and has been voted Brisbane’s Best Coffee, twice.

I’d also be surprised if even the weakest of coffee palates didn’t like the latest addition to Merlo’s range. It is rich and sweet, and is the perfect way to introduce yourself to the flavour of coffee.

The beans are Merlo’s own and are brewed, cold pressed for 24 hours and bottled. This is literally cold coffee, making it different from baristas’ previous attempts at iced coffee: an espresso shot added to cold milk, ice and/or ice cream.

Black Bear, for now, is sold at any Bar Merlo for $5.50 a bottle.

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From Crop to Cup : The Di Bella Experience

posted by Georgia Terry February 6, 2015 0 comments

As you take the first sip of your morning latte I bet you didn’t realise the beans you’re drinking are meticulously sorted, separating the cream of the coffee crop from the screws, bolts and bullets – literally. Or did you think that the coffee you’re swilling was sourced from exotic places around the world? There’s a lot of work that goes into one humble (yet delicious) cup of Java. And thanks to Di Bella Coffee I now know a bit more.

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As a self-confessed caffeine addict I was tha-rilled to join Brisbane’s best food bloggers to get a peek at the inner workings of the Di Bella Coffee Warehouse. Teaming up with Eat Brisbane and paleo pundits The Primal Pantry, this local coffee roaster put on an event that was more than a pleasure to attend. Golden shots of liquid goodness (coffee), a delicious two course paleo meal – including Maple Glazed Lamb (YUM!) – it was all Brisbane’s insta-snap-happy foodies could’ve wished for.

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The stellar part of the night was seeing Di Bella’s “Crop to Cup” ethos play out. From the traditional espresso methods to the alternative brewing techniques – like the Chemex filter brew (which was super cool!), each cup I tried was made expertly with a delicious coffee blend.

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A fine cup of Joe and fabulous food – who could ask for a better way to spend a Wednesday night.


Cheveux Design and Espresso … in Auchenflower

posted by Danielle Lewis July 23, 2014 2 Comments

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I recently stumbled on a fantastic little espresso bar in Auchenflower, delighted to find it tripled as a boutique hair salon and business consulting. Run by Brisbane sisters Carla and Nadine Thurgate; Cheveux Design and Espresso is set in a gorgeously renovated Queenslander finished to perfection with recycled hard wood timber.

The sisters and business partners took design inspiration from the country background and credit the final product to local Brisbane builder Jonny Nance from JNC Constructions, who also happens to be the girls’ cousin. It is easy to see that the girls value family and are keen to support local business.

The girls already have tremendous support from the locals as well, every day of the week you can see locals lounging on the brightly coloured deck chairs enjoying their coffee and conversation. The vibrant atmosphere of the crowd a testament to the business the girls have built in only a few short months.

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Nadine has worked in the hairdressing industry for 15 years, most recently in the St Lucia and Taringa area and said she has been delighted with the support she has received from clients since opening last month.

Carla, a “corporate refugee” is trying her hand at a number of ventures including   running the espresso bar and a HR consultancy while also providing coaching and inspiration to women with her business ‘Frominsideout’ . The girls also provide a meeting and workshop room for other small businesses to use on a daily basis at Cheveux Design and Espresso.

The espresso bar is stocked with Allpress coffee, who just like Nadine and Carla, pride themselves on producing exceptional coffee all the way through from their farms to your cup.

The salon uses Kevin Murphy products, which are touted as ‘skincare for hair’, using only the highest quality natural ingredients.

So whether you need a caffeine hit, a hair pick-me-up or the business advice to set your path straight the girls at Cheveux Design and Espresso have got you covered!

Contact them online here.

Or stop by for a coffee here:

37A Bangalla Street
Auchenflower Q 4066


Tuesday to Saturday 9am-5pm
Book an appointment online

Tuesday to Saturday 7am-2pm

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A-Z of Brisbane Coffee

posted by Danielle Lewis March 13, 2014 2 Comments


A – Albion gem… Ma Belle AmieGoogle Map

{gorgeous little gift shop too!}

B – Bonsai Botanika – Brisbane CBD – Google Map

{unbelievable flour-less chocolate cake!}

C – Cup Specialty Coffee – Woolloongabba – Google Map

D – Dandelion + Driftwood – Hendra – Google Map

E – Espresso Garage – South Bank – Google Map

F – Fonzie Abbott Espresso – Ascot – Google Map

G – Gordon Park locals love… Crema and CreamGoogle Map

H – Has Beans – Camp Hill – Google Map

{the cheeriest owner in town, seriously he makes my day!}

I – In a Pickle – Camp Hill – Google Map

J – Java Coast Café – Brisbane CBD – Google Map

{a garden-escape in the middle of the city!}


K – Kangaroo Point Cliffs… Cliffs CaféGoogle Map

{the most amazing view!}

L – Ltd Espresso and Brew Bar – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

M – Milton based roasters….Bunker – Milton – Google Map

{they know good coffee! Careful not to miss it, it’s in a garage!}

N – Newstead located, Australian favourite… Campos Coffee – Newstead – Google Map

{hi my name is Danielle, and I am a campos-addict}

O – Our Haus – Hawthorne – Google Map

P – Paddington institution – Anouk CaféGoogle Map

{stay for the breakfast!}

Q – QAG Café – South Bank – Google Map

{soak up a bit of culture}

R – Roost Coffee – Kelvin Grove – Google Map

{my morning ritual}

S – Small Talk Espresso – Paddington – Google Map

T – The Foxy Bean – East Brisbane – Google Map

U – Upper Mount Gravatt family business….The Tucker Box – Upper Mount Gravatt – Google Map

V – Vagelis Café + Bar – Ascot – Google Map

{an old favourite!}

W – Wynnum-way… Dramanti Artisan Roaster – Wynnum – Google Map

X – Xpresso 2 Go – Chermside – Google Map

Y – Yi Café and Gifts – Brisbane CBD – Google Map

Z – Zeriously, people. We knew this would be a hard one! I’ll have to make up for it by giving you a bunch of special mentions below! Zaraffa’s?


Special mentions to our other faves that we just couldn’t make fit in the A-Z!!

John Mills Himself – Brisbane CBD – Google Map

Brothers Espresso – Bulimba – Google Map

Cleanskin Coffee Co. – Brendale – Google Map

Brew – Brisbane CBD – Google Map

The Single Guys – Kenmore – Google Map

The Baker’s Arms – Woolloongabba – Google Map

Backstreet Espresso – Carina – Google Map




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Get intimate… with the bean.

posted by Carmel November 7, 2013 1 Comment


Chances are if you’re reading this you love your coffee.  I say that because Australians are some of the biggest coffee drinkers in the world.  We love the little brown bean and we’re not afraid to get to know it a little better.

Merlo Coffee knows this and are here to help you take your coffee relationship to the next level, announcing dates for their popular Coffee Appreciation Sessions through until December 31.

From barrister to barista; butcher to brewer, clueless drinker to coffee connoisseur with a Merlo Coffee Appreciation Session, no matter what level of coffee understanding, learning the ins and outs of the little brown bean is knowledge truly appreciated globally. The coffee dons at Merlo will host regular Coffee Appreciation Sessions, which are perfect for individuals, groups and corporate groups, and make the perfect Christmas present!

Each hour-long Breakfast or Brunch includes a light continental breakfast or brunch, a tour of the roasting facility, a short history of coffee, a sample of two origin beans, and a merlo coffee blend, expert advice on making the best coffee at home and a sample bag. The sessions cost $25 per person.

Alternatively, for an after-work-drinks option you can still drive home after, for businesses with groups of 5-12 people, private bookings can be made at any time in any Torrefazione (Merlo’s  Italian roasting factories) by calling the store directly.


Check out their website or give the below stores a call to book!


Fortitude Valley104 McLachlan St

Ph: 07 3257 0465

Bowen Hills10 Thompson St

Ph: 07 3620 4202

SouthportFerry Rd Markets

Ph: 07 5561 1588

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Ph: 07  3368 2099

CoorparooCnr Harries & Holdsworth

PH: 07 3324 2309

Fri 1st November 7:30am

Fri 6th December 7:30am

Wed 13th November 7:30am

Wed 11th December 7:30am

Tue 5th November 7:30am

Tue 3rd December 7:30am

Thu 21st November 7:30am

Thu 19th December 7:30am

Wed 27th November 7:30am

Wed 25th November 7:30am