ABOUT THE WRITER: Laura Morley is a Brisbane-based freelance writer. When she's not writing she enjoys drinking coffee, op-shopping, stretching her back and crying at bad films.
If you’re sick of filling your mornings sipping on cups of tepid instant coffee, or lining your bin with capsules of Blend 43, then boy, are you in for a treat. We’ve assembled a collection of some of Brisbane’s best coffee roasters; the brains behind the beans that make your morning brew something truly beautiful.
A coffee veteran from way back, Peter Wolff set up Wolff Coffee Roasters in 2010. His focus? Flavour in the cup, sourced sustainably. The masses agree that he’s hit the nail on the head with popular Brisbane cafes like The Tiller, Gerard’s Bistro and Plum Tucker pouring out his tasty brew. Dandelion and Driftwood, Wolff’s own café, is probably the pick of the bunch to go and sample some Wolff Coffee ‘cinos. With specialty blends rocking tasting notes such as “like biting into a chocolate dipped biscuit” and “meringue with hints of vanilla”, Wolff Roasters Beans are sure to leave you wanting more.
What began as a small Espresso Bar in Hamilton has percolated away and brewed and blossomed into somewhat of a coffee empire. Fonzie Abbott now boasts a flourishing wholesale business, a café on James Street, one in the domestic terminal and a roastery in Albion. The roastery churns out three signature blends: Highside, The Drifter and The Boxer as well as an assortment of single origins with beans sourced from around the world. You can find it at some of Brisbane’s hippest haunts including Paw Paw, Kiss the Berry and The Bitter Suite.
For Parallel Roasters, the goal is simple – to be among the best coffee roasters in Australia. This Sumner Park fit out sources its beans globally but roasts it locally with a team of experts coercing the tastiest flavours from the ethically sourced beans. Parallel Beans can be found in some of Brisbane’s top cafes for serious coffee drinkers, including Bunker, King Arthur, Camp and The Single Guys. Their house espresso blend is a tasty little bean with delicious notes of chocolate, toffee and biscuit. Find their beans on the retail shelves of one of their stockists and enjoy a beverage house crafted by a master barista.
Black Sheep is a boutique roastery, housed in a warehouse in Wooloongabba. Picture polished timber furniture and large windows to let in the dappled light, it’s a beautiful place to stop in, buy some beans for home and sip on a brew or two. Their house blend, Feeling Woolly is a medium roast with tasting notes of delicate spice, honey and malt. Beans for Black Sheep are sourced ethically and sustainably from places like Indonesia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil. Their beans are available for wholesale, even supplying Maze - Gordon Ramsay’s Melbourne restaurant.
Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters
Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters first began in October 2015; a picturesque café in a renovated Rainworth General Store and has since evolved into a Roastery space and café in Albion. The warehouse space dishes out tasty treats, iced-tea on tap and of course, specialty coffee in all forms. Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters pride themselves on pouring only the highest quality specialty Arabica coffee from all over the world, right from sourcing through to brewing. The beans are available for retail at both their stores and soon to be for sale through their website.