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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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Iced Lattes a Go-go

posted by Michaela Petrofes May 16, 2017 0 comments

So we might be in the middle of Autumn, but this Autumn sometimes (especially around lunch time) seriously is still feeling like summer and it is making us crave all things iced lattes! How great are Brisbane blue-skies Autumn days… we’re hanging on tightly to the last tiny bit of summer & we’ve complied a list of SIX cafes around Brisbane, so you can get your hands on an iced latte to help you stay cool and caffeinated.

Let’s be honest iced lattes are an all year around Brisbane drink really!

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15 Brisbane Cafes Open for Easter

posted by Emmy O'Neill April 13, 2017 0 comments

While many Brisbane locals are making the most of this Easter long weekend & escaping our glorious city… there are many who are left behind pondering important life questions like… where we can get our caffeine fix?

Don’t stress you’re not going to have to survive on instant coffee this weekend…unless you want to. We have rounded up some of our favourite Brisbane cafes that are open over the Easter long weekend serving espresso, eggs and avo on toast… all the essentials really.


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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.

Brisbane northside coffee

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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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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primal pantry paleo cafe

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.


Mimi’s Foodie Hit List

posted by Teagan West May 27, 2014 0 comments


This week we caught up with Brisbane food blogger Mimi Hyll of http://mimimusttry.com/ to chat all things Brisbane food, fashion and experiences.

Mimi is in the know when it comes to Brisbane’s tasty treats and she’s always on the hunt for something new to sink her teeth into.

After relocating to Brisbane from Adelaide, Mimi decided to share her adventure with cyberspace, chronicling on her blog the places she was experiencing in her new backyard. So, how does she like her adopted home city? Mimi said Brisbane is “a city with atmosphere and character without being overwhelming or pretentious – instead there is a real sense of local community with buzz and excitement.” And what about the food? “We are so spoilt here in Brisbane! The quality of the produce offered and the pride in provenance is amazing,” Mimi said.

So without further ado, here is Mimi’s Brisbane Hit List

A Faithful Breakfast:

Sourced Grocer, Newstead

Pablo, New Farm

Double Shot Espresso, New Farm



Sourced Grocer


A Casual Meal:

DA’Burger, Newfarm – for “their approach to making good, healthy burgers with local produce – the BBQ Lambsie and the Bus Stop are amazing.”

Francie Mays, New Farm – “for their Kung-Fu Tofu and Popcorn Prawn”

Tippler’s Tap, Newstead – “the beef brisket is my favourite, followed by their wings.”


Tippler’s Tap


Somewhere Special:

E’cco Bistro, City

Alchemy, City

Malt Dining, City


A Coffee Hit:

Pablo, New Farm – “reigns supreme for me with their Genovese blend”

Fonzie Abbott, Hamilton

Fitch Espresso, Newstead

Larder 2, Newstead







Eagle Farm Markets – “I love the acai bowls from Kiss The Berry, a cappuccino or hot chilli chocolate from Mr Coffee and I’m a sucker for Okonomiyaki with LOTS of pickled ginger.”

Jane Powers Farmers Markets at the Powerhouse

Eat Street Markets, Hamilton – “a fabulous concept and MKR Jake and Elle’s Chitty Banh Banh Banh mi rolls are epic.

Davies Park Market, West End – “great for an edgier vibe”

 The Young Designers Market, South Bank

 BrisStyle Indie Markets, Brisbane City Hall

The Finders Keepers Market, The Old Museum

(Above three for: Locally made and handcrafted fashion, accessories, artwork and home wares)



Chitty Banh Banh @ Eat Street Markets



Thousand Island Dressing, New Farm – “A visual feast”

House of Cards, Winn Lane Fortitude Valley

Elizabeth Arcade, City – “trawling for a bargain piece in the kitsch-cool noutiques that line Elizabeth Arcade.”

James Street, Fortitude Valley – “for retail therapy”


Favourite Brisbane Events:

 The Teneriffe festival (July) – “making my way through incredible food and buying one off artworks and accessories”

Brisbane Comedy Festival

Paniyiri (24 & 25 May)

Southbank’s Regional Flavours Festival (19 & 20 July)



The Teneriffe Festival


Day Trips:

“Mermaid Beach and Bureligh (Gold Coast) have some fantastic cafes and you cant go past the beauty of Montville.”


New Discoveries:

Samson and Sophie, Teneriffe – for “their locally supplied Veneziano Coffee

Kiss the Berry, Creek St CBD – for “their snickers bowl, although the original KTB bowl is still my favourite.”

The Eatery, Brisbane – “at the recently opened Four Points by Sheratin Brisbane which serveds a 3 course lunch for only $30. The food is prepared and made with wonderful local and fresh ingredients in a stunning open kitchen… great for CBD lunches.”



Samson & Sophie


How many of Mimi’s Hit List have you tried? Quite a few are our favourites too, and have appeared in a number of our top foodie lists over the years! We can’t wait to try more!


Follow Mimi’s food blog here – http://mimimusttry.com/

*Note: All image credits belong to Mimi Hyll



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




Banner image by Anouk.


Merlo Coffee – The new Brambati

posted by Teagan West March 6, 2014 0 comments

Merlo's christening of the new Brambati Roaster and Cupping Room February 26 5

Coffee fans listen up. Last week I had the pleasure of attending the traditional Italian christening of Merlo Coffee’s newest additions – the brand new Brambati Roaster direct from Italy and a new, custom-designed cupping room. Impressive is definitely an understatement.

The new Brambati Roaster was brought back to Merlo’s Bowen Hills Torrefazione from Codevilla, a small Italian town in the Lombardy region, which is famous for making the Brambati – the best coffee roaster in the world. Italian Brambati roasters nursed the machine from Italy to Brisbane, and have since taught the Merlo team their secrets to ensure it roasted beans according to the famous Merlo flavor profile.

And so, last week was the official christening of the new Brambati Roaster in true Italian style, beginning with a traditional Italian ceremony where local priest Father Leo blessed the new machine. Dean Merlo, the son of Gino Merlo, the man who brought the first Italian espresso machine to Queensland when he migrated from Italy, thanked his customers, suppliers, the Merlo team, the roasting team and the community for their support and for helping to get his baby, Rosa the Roaster, up and running.

What followed was nothing short of a celebration, complete with authentic antipasto platters, Italian bubbles and wines and coffee infused martinis, followed by a coffee flavored tiramisu.

As the celebrations kicked into gear I spoke with one of Merlo’s many happy customers, café owners Bill and Mary who have been using “only Merlo” coffee for a number of years and wouldn’t ever stop.

Bill said in the beginning “I knew nothing about coffee per say, I wasn’t in the coffee game,” so when a mutual friend spoke to Dean (Merlo) and told him we were going into coffee he sent out a rep to have a chat about what Merlo could do for us.

“We went with them and have never looked back,” he said.

Bill said, “We’ve opened up another store since then, the Story Bridge Café and Deli, and we’ve been approached by other companies but no, we wouldn’t change.”

Bill said the Merlo Company had faith in them in the beginning, so they will continue to support them. “Loyalty is a big thing for me,” and the coffee is great, he said.

And he isn’t the only one who speaks highly of the Merlo family who, outside of the coffee world, dedicate a lot of their time and raise money and awareness for a number of different charaties including St. Vincent De Paul and the CEO Sleep Out which Dean has become a big participant in for years.

Bill agreed that many people don’t know the Merlo story but really should, because they are a great, local family who support other businesses. They have truly earned their reputation as Australia’s best coffee and are a Brisbane business on the cusp of greater things.

So, if you haven’t had the pleasure of sipping on a finely roasted Merlo coffee then scope out one of the thousand distinguished cafes and restaurants that use Merlo beans ASAP. You won’t regret it.

espresso martinis at Merlo's christening of the new Brambati Roaster and Cupping Room February 26 1

The Merlo Roaster Christening 1


For more information visit the Merlo website and check out the online store where you can shop all things Merlo Coffee.



Having A Go Coffee

posted by Carmel October 24, 2013 1 Comment


You may have all seen or heard of this wonderful initiative in Brisbane, Having A Go Coffee.  You might have heard it’s helping our most deserving residents stand up and build a new life out of difficult circumstances.  You might have heard the coffee’s great.  You might have heard it was in a bit of strife recently and very nearly had to close it’s doors.  You might have heard it didn’t.

Having A Go was built from the idea that Brisbane wants to help its residents, and if our previous natural disasters and tragedies have taught us anything it’s that we help each other out.

Located at 262 Old Cleveland Road Cooparoo, Having A Go employs only homeless or people in need, by offering full training and employment they are helping people rebuild their lives with meaningful and gainful employment.

Owner, Grant “The Polite Guy” Richards, knows first hand what it’s like to go from successful family man to sleeping on the streets with a very grey outlook.  Starting by selling the Big Issue and gaining confidence from his regular customers, Grant began collecting clothes to donate and organising the regular BBQ for the homeless.  Grant saw a way to help and coupled with Dalton Hospitality Having A Go Coffee was born.

Together they have a plan for 50 Having A Go style cafes employing homeless people around Brisbane by July next year.  It’s ambitious, but the so far success of Coorparoo’s café has shown that the community is clearly behind them.

Next time you’re in the area, pop in for your favourite brew, the café serves all your favourites and will accommodate ‘suspended’ orders – a coffee that a homeless or in need person can claim purchased thoughtfully by you.

The shop also serves as a collection point for clothes, toiletries and blankets for their regular BBQs to support the homeless.

Get behind them Brisbane, we all deserve a go.


I went for the coffee..and stayed for the Small Talk.

posted by Danielle Lewis September 19, 2013 1 Comment


When my alarm goes off at 6am there is one thing on my mind. Coffee. But not just any coffee. Good coffee. REALLY GOOD COFFEE. I just don’t see the point in putting crap into my body and paying $4 for the privilege. OK rant over.

On Wednesday afternoon last week my desire for an afternoon pick-me-up drew me into newly opened Small Talk Espresso, located in Paddington.

Small Talk Espresso is tucked away in an old bank vault (so cool) around the corner from Le Bon Choix on Given Terrace. And whilst Paddington has loads of atmosphere and choices, there is something about this new little boutique coffee house that gets me rather excited!

I walked in and was greeted by the fabulous Rolando having a chin-wag with one of the locals. I could tell straight away this was going to be an experience. The vibe was chilled, friendly and the smell of coffee was delicious!

Rolando whipped me up a flat-white (my current coffee of choice)… and told me about the exclusive Small Talk blend of Belissimo Coffee he spent a week designing. They also serve Vietnamese coffee but I decided one was enough for the day and put it on my list of things to try next time! My cup was served saucer-free and I wondered why no one else in Brisbane had thought of that yet!

We settled into one of the bench seats and time quickly got away from us as we talked about Rolando’s Melbournian origins; love for music and travel and the dreams he has for Small Talk. The idea of serving great coffee and creating meaningful connections with his customers was almost enough to make me consider a career change. I was overwhelmed by his down-to-earth approach to his craft and to his customers.

What I love most about the whole team’s approach is there understanding of the client… They are so focused on their customers and understand that its hard to small talk before your morning coffee hit.

Adding to the list of unique reasons to pay them a visit include; phone and iPad chargers for customer use (I can’t tell you how useful that is); free wi-fi; dumplings by Dumpling Envy (recently mentioned as one of Brisbane’s Best Market Stalls by the Urban List); chalk for the kids to draw on the exposed concrete walls and have a range of authentic vietnamese food for a healthy lunchtime option under $10.

Rolando has some big ideas for his bank-vault turned coffee house…. and I can’t wait to share them with you once he has announced them! For now… you’ll just have to pop-in and enjoy a good cup of coffee and some great Small Talk.