The best Australian coffee houses
The attention of coffee aficionados around the world is turning to the talents of Australia’s best baristas, currently transforming the scene in London. We’ve gone in search of the best on their home turf:
When the staff drinks two dozen ristrettos between them each day, you’re on to a good thing. The centrepiece of Sydney’s Single Origin (60–64 Reservoir St, Surry Hills) is the roaster imported from Turkey and named Boris. All the beans here are either certified organic, fairtrade or forest friendly. Get your buzz from 6.30am.
You can smell Campos Coffee (193 Missenden Rd, Newtown) from blocks away, and the tiny space is always packed with caf-fiends and hospital staff from across the road (two groups, of course, not necessarily mutually exclusive). You rarely get conversation from the baristas, but to work here you need to be able to produce 36 perfect coffees in 16 minutes – there’s nothing that says you have to be entertaining too. A wide range of blends is available, but the Obama combines American and African beans.
In Melbourne everyone’s talking about Seven Seeds (114 Berkeley St, Carlton), the latest project from Mark Dundon, who’s had a string of successful ventures. As well as a roaster, research area and small plantation of coffee plants under a skylight, Dundon has installed a Clover machine for delicate single-estate extraction.
Jesse Hyde was the 2009 Grand Barista Champion, so he knows his java. At his cafe, Dancing Goat (Shop 4, 280 King St, Melbourne), he serves a Veneziano house-blend as well as a daily ‘guest’ espresso. The fact that he serves the customers’ brews any way they request gets him snaps for being brilliant and completely unpretentious all at once.