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

Good coffee in a coffee desert. Been here a few times and always worth while.

The coffee here (black or milk-based) is consistently decent, likewise the service. And while I’m not one for overly existential pinings, the fact that a small minority of the staff have the personality and efficiency of a lone cinder block in an empty paddock, makes for a potentially mediocre experience. Any yes, the probobility of mediocrity is low, but the consequence is high (i.e. a lousy time). Anomolies matter.

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.


The Cupping Room

Canberra City

Best cafe The Cupping Room in canberra for 2016

I always visit The Cupping Room for breakfast/coffee when up from Melbourne. This time I ordered the filter which was exceptional. Avocado and eggs on toast is great too. So much avocado and seemingly fresh rather than the pre-made stuff straight out of the fridge which seems to be more common... anyway this is a coffee forum. Coffee was great!

Double espresso on a Ona Honduran had a surprising note of tropical fruit - enjoyed FW traveller on Raspberry Candy was sweet and chewy

Nice place, the service was good but it was difficult to grab someone attention for a second cup. Ona coffee used here and done well. Had a better coffee here than at Ona in Fyshwick.

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

Disappointing weak blend, great coffee in the past, expecting much more.

Went back again and did not disappoint again. I’ve recently been steering away from my usual lattes into blacks, and the El Salvador was perfect. Oh and my burger I had with it was delish!!

Great coffee. Friendly and attentive service. Definitely go back.

Best cafe Ona Coffee House in canberra for 2016

Great place in Canberra. Been keen to try this place for a while. Good coffee and had a tasty Bacon and egg roll.

Busy Sunday morning. The place is buzzing. My FW was only average. Good flavour but too much froth. Breakfast was amazing. Eggs on sourdough was superb and side of bacon was huge and yummy. I would return to try other blend or single.

Busy Sunday morning. The place is buzzing. My FW was only average. Good flavour but too much froth. Breakfast was amazing. Eggs on sourdough was superb and side of bacon was huge and yummy. I would return to try other blend or single.

Best cafe Penny University Coffee Roasters in canberra for 2016

Good coffee, shame I did not try the single origin. Service and atmosphere are great.

Tried this place today, a first and last time, it appears busy and only table for four was near the very noisy end of the kitchen. Service was slow, had to wait for table service, some tables not cleared for a while, coffees basically OK, but arrived in two well separated batches. Car parked in one hour parking, almost did not get back in time. Will stick to more conventional coffee places next time in Kingston.

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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