Top Cafes of 2016 - Canberra - Queanbeyan

We’ve run the numbers! Here are the best cafes of 2016 in Canberra - Queanbeyan, voted by real coffee lovers.

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Best cafe Espresso Room (Canberra) in canberra for 2016

After battling through DJs and dissuading aged Uncle Finn from Dubbo from buying a pair of straight leg jeans, I encountered this cafe and took a gamble and ordered an ONA Black Betty. The brew was tepid at best and near reduced me to tears. Memo to the barista: temperature of milk somewhere in the vicinity of 65 degrees C should about do it, Sonny Jim. 20 degrees C a serious fail. Uncle Finn, already cranky, rolled his eyes and wiggled one ear.

A pity I didn’t read the previous review as I too got the tepid coffee. It seems that too many baristas think they can tell the temperature of the milk based on touching the bottom of the jug, when in fact they are way out. Don’t know about 20 like last review but certainly under 50 degrees!


The Cupping Room

Canberra City

Best cafe The Cupping Room in canberra for 2016

Have been keen to check out this place and to sample the coffee which I’ve heard so much about. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. I tried two different blends, the founder and black Betty - both were excellent. The cafe has an excellent vibe, great menu and awesome and friendly service. I’ll definitely plan to go there again when I’m next in Canberra

Standards here have massively dropped since my last visit a year ago. Maybe ONA is now too mainstream and they are struggling for consistency. Double shot flat white was really underwhelming and slopped out so latte out was blurred and coffee spilled onto the saucer. Taste and body was pretty average. I like my coffee pretty luke warm but this one was way too cold (and I know the temp that how ONA coffees should be served). Such a shame this has happened, but because of the name now they probably don’t need to try that hard.

Ethiopian Orange for a double espresso had a healthy whack of balsamic-style acidity, intriguing cup Raspberry Candy for a takeaway flat white had a lovely strawberry milk vibe

Best cafe Barrio Collective in canberra for 2016

The coffee here is first class! It’s a little hole in the wall coffee house with a small but tasty menu. There’s only a big communal bench inside and some wall seats, along with a couple of footpath tables outside, but the cool kids of Braddon are always hanging here. One of my favourites in Canberra!

Columbian for the espresso was ok but had a bit of a bitter finish. Batch traveller was pretty good with a mix of toffee and some lovely roasting notes but also bittered at the end.


Coffee Lab

Canberra CBD

Best cafe Coffee Lab in canberra for 2016

The batch brew was on point. No bitter taste, smooth and sweet. Great fit out.

Robust cup with a liquorice edge to the Ona Washed Ethiopian espresso, more balanced than the same beans at Ona Fyshwick yesterday. Filter Panama had some tasty chocolate notes with some cheeky acidity and a buttery texture - real nice.

Very nice smooth blend, nice people and great service. Enjoyed my experience. Highly recommend and will be back.

Best cafe Ona Coffee House in canberra for 2016

The food at the Fyshwick ONA is now better than the Cupping Room in my opinion. However the coffee here was underwhelming and far far away from the usual high standards. I wonder if ONA is now getting too big, too mass market to retain a consistently good serving.

Ethiopian for a double espresso had cheeky bit of red grape and lime acidity over a more straightforward caramel - tasty Diamond Radiance Panama for the filter was delicious with a buttery mouthfeel and lots of fruit.

Washed Ethiopian, which came as a tightish shot, had a liquorice bitterness over some more orange gear. The batch also had something of a bitter edge to it.

Best cafe Penny University Coffee Roasters in canberra for 2016

Coffee is average. They don’t do soy milk well - often curdled in hot beverages or has lots of white clumps in the iced beverages. Staff say that’s just how soy milk is, so they aren’t aware. Brew is bitter regardless of milk choice. Everything else about the cafe is great. There’s a wide menu with lots of interesting choices. Service is prompt and polite. Setting is unique and cool.

Best cafe Farmers Daughter in canberra for 2016

Have tried the coffee twice in recent months and was disappointed. Not sure if they are still using Lonsdale Roasters but the coffees were warm at best and left no lasting taste memories. Food seems to have lost its edge too and we left feeling that it’s no longer worth the visit.

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