Top Cafes of 2016 - Sydney

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

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Best cafe Salvage Specialty Coffee in sydney for 2016

Very tasty Artificer PNG espresso gave some nice fruity action. The batch as a traveller had some attractive acidity that made for a moreish cup

90+ Honduran Ona for the espresso had a nice mix of raspberries and mild acidity with a very smooth finish – real tasty cup Batch on a Ona had an attractive lime driven acidity with some melon gear going on.

An interesting sweet-savoury aspect to put the washed Honduran from Ona - enjoyed Batch also went down well. The transition to new owner is settling down. The introduction of Ona beans is a welcome addition to the north side of Sydney.

Best cafe Artistry Coffee Craft Co. in sydney for 2016

Reformatory beans for a washed Columbian espresso had a tasty bit of acidity across a more rounded chocolate backbone - nice. Smooth mouthfeel for the Ethiopian pour over coupled with a lovely balance of sweet, clean fruit and citrus acidity - real nice. Washed Panama Gesha for another pour over had a mighty fine orange and passion fruit flavour

Espresso had a bit of cocoa nibs, bit of bitterness - ok. Complex succession of flavours to the Gesha pour over - real nice stuff.

Was lucky enough to try some beans roasted by the team here, super smooth and supple flavours in espresso and aeropresses beautifully too. FW consistently my favourite despite the house blend changing slightly and the Reformatory Ethiopian V60 was perfectly made. Very well caffeinated now.

#6

Lime Espresso

Sydney CBD

Best cafe Lime Espresso in sydney for 2016

Best cafe The Reformatory Caffeine Lab in sydney for 2016

Great place to stop and grab a quality blend - in the heart of surry hills / central district.

Very cool. Impressive espresso. Enjoyed the setting and the service

Best cafe Cavalier Specialty Coffee in sydney for 2016

Gesha for the espresso came with a sweet tea vibe and became more caramel as it cooled. Marvell St Columbian for the batch gave a cup of the quality you’d expect from this place.

A cherry start became more rounded and caramel as it progressed - excellent espresso on a Gesha

#9

Coffee Alchemy

Marrickville

Best cafe Coffee Alchemy in sydney for 2016

Healthy looking crema to the Rwandan espresso, lovely ginger biscuit start Natural Ethiopian for the pour over was cleanly bold in flavour

A classic sweet crisp Ethiopian.. nice citric start, clean finish

Espresso on a Brazilian seemed to be a slightly tighter shot than usual here. Started with a nuttiness and mild acidity, becoming more cocoa nibs to finish. Washed Malawi for a pour over was berry-sweet and clean - delicious.

Best cafe Swallow Coffee Traders in sydney for 2016

Equipment LaMarzocco Linear PB Mythos One Grinder EK43 with custom twin doser Batch Brewer Tiamo Cold Drip

Great service,staff were friendly and went above and beyond to make sure we were happy. The eggs benny and açai bowl were delightful, next time I’d try the single origin coffee for a stronger tasting coffee but that’s more personal preference. Good range of milk choices including Bonsoy and milk lab.

Excellent cafe located near the train station. Nice, relaxed atmosphere. The coffee is good; smooth and not too bitter.

The service, food and coffee here is always top notch.

#11

Cream & Co.

Chipping Norton

Best cafe Cream & Co. in sydney for 2016

I travel all over Sydney for work. I’m so lucky this is my local. The coffee is always a high standard no matter which barista makes it. Seems on our travels my wife and I are always comparing the coffee we have to here. And are usually left thinking “we’d rather cream & co”. Especially if you have light milk as we do. Somehow they manage to get a creaminess others can’t. With most light milk ends up making a watery coffee. Not here. Food is always good quality, made with care and well presented. Not a huge menu but always something for any taste. If you want take away coffee. Their quick too. Without sacrificing quality.

The service is outstanding. The coffee is just incredible- can’t be beaten. And their food is wonderful. So lucky to have this quality so close to home.

Travelling back home from Sydney airport we decided to check out Beanhunter and up came Cream & Co. Coming off the M5 google maps took us an exploratory trip through the “burbs” and we landed here. Great coffee, a very good selection of food including the apple turnover and friendly service. Well worth the stopover.

Best cafe Artificer Coffee in sydney for 2016

A banging Bolivian washed Gesha had some major marmalade notes and floral nose - great

Interesting mix of pineapple and a more savoury vibe to the Brazil espresso. Lovely smooth lip finish Rwanda batch had a some big fruity gear going on

Espresso on Columbian, as usual here, came with a diaphanous crema. A sweet, lightly acidic (maybe melon) with an interesting more savour finish. Attractive clarity to the fruit-driven flavour of the takeaway batch

Best cafe Pusher Espresso Bar in sydney for 2016

Delicious, quick, convenient for on the go - however not my place for a long sit in lunch.

These guys are the best- excellent coffee & fresh delicious muffins. Great team!

Best cafe Ritual Coffee Traders in sydney for 2016

Coffe as you would expect for Gabriel branded. Milk was creamy and not too heavy so balanced well. Service was quick and no minimum for using card which was great. Only downside was Hard to find parking, but you could get lucky on the day.

Best cafe The Diver Cafe in sydney for 2016

Little Marionette CoffeeTippety TeasLa Marzocco Linea Classic

Coffee was reasonable to drink but slightly bitter. Food was average - breakfast burrito was just a mix of flavours that didn’t make anything special together. Also had açai bowl which was an odd sweet flavour (similar o bubble gum) The service speed was fine but the staff just seemed apathetic and so vibe is bland (except for a guy who was covered in tattoos, face included - he made it feel like he was happy to have you there)

Just a visitor to Coogee. Had a great coffee at The Diver. I would definitely go back again

Best cafe Barefoot Coffee Traders in sydney for 2016

Espresso was ok with maybe a bit of chocolate but fairly blended up - it was a blend after all. Batch was the highlight with some clean applely fruit gear going on.

Staff are always friendly and coffee is unbeatable. Belgian hot chocolates / mochas / waffles are a perfect treat and the best I’ve had (consistently for years!)

Best cafe TopHat Coffee Merchants in sydney for 2016

Great coffee and love the arvo smash

Best cafe John Smith Cafe in sydney for 2016

Espresso was a fairly gutsy number, as you expect for an Natural Ethiopian (from Barrel One). Sweetened on cooling, with something red grape like. Washed Ethiopian (another Barrel One) had pleasing buttery mouthfeel

The Eggs Benedict here is incredible - I have tried two types on their menu so far and both have been amazing. The venue is great and the service is great. The coffee was ok - a bit too weak for my liking.

Best cafe SteamTank Coffee in sydney for 2016

Mecca Kenya for the double espresso was an attractive mix between grapefruit and dark chocolate with a sneaky bit of sweetness appearing as it cooled Mecca Batch Honduran was clean and sweetly balanced.

Wood and Co Ethiopian espresso was a darker tasting number while not overly bitter was fairly robust Wood and Co Ethiopian batch was good but not up there with the best I’ve had here

#20

Sample

Surry Hills

Best cafe Sample in sydney for 2016

Best espresso in the area with the delicious Gabriel beans and expert, jovial Barista. Service safe seem to lack active listening ability and order can be stilted and verging on frustration. You will be rewarded with persistence though

Always quality Baristas making a good expresso, Americana or cap. They always have quality beans and understand what is needed to make a good coffee. My go to in Surry Hills.

Real sweet nectarine-like Burundi espresso Filter on a Kenyan was on point

#22

Mrs P's

Burwood

Best cafe Mrs P's in sydney for 2016

George and the team at Mrs. P's are always warm and welcoming. Add to that the consistent eye for detail making sure the coffee is delivered to a high standard and the always tasty food, that makes this the best cafe in the Burwood / Strathfield area.

I always order a strong flat white. Cup was well made, full bodied and slightly bitter aftertaste which is how I like it. Will come back for a cup when I’m in Burwood.

#23

Story

Lane Cove

Best cafe Story   in sydney for 2016

Established by Jean Demirjian in 2012

Best cafe elbow room  in sydney for 2016

Natural Brazilian from Seven Seeds for a double espresso started with a darker igneous rock flavour, became more dark honey with something more like blackberries – darn nice Batch as a traveller was tasty.

Natural Brazilian from Rumble Coffee Roasters had a raisin-like sweetness with some milk chocolate as a bonus - real nice Enjoyed the light limey acidity of the takeaway batch brew

A fresh, green apple vibe to the double espresso, finished with crisp wake-me-up acidity - enjoyed. Batch traveller had a lime-driven acidity that made it moreish.

Best cafe Gumption by Coffee Alchemy in sydney for 2016

Great coffee. Just go for the coffee. If that’s what you’re after, then go here.

This place does not know how to treat good beans. AI love alchemy's coffee, but this flat white was devoid of the aroma, freshness and wow factor I am used to when drinking Alchemy coffee. Coffee was ok, service was blah and atmosphere was hectic.

Wonderful place in the Strand. It’s all takeaway but there is a lot of seating in the atrium right outside. Service staff were very friendly. The coffee, an iced latte, was great!

Best cafe Bay Ten Espresso in sydney for 2016

Didn’t realise I never left a review... I love my long black made with the White Horse coffee beans. These guys at Bay10 definitely know what they are doing!

Lovely atmosphere, good coffee and wonderful food

Been wanting to try this place for sometime just waiting for my next Sydney visit. Coffee was a bit ordinary asked about it. Re ordered a double shot. Was ok but not special. Atmosphere and staff are also ok. Maybe I was hoping for to much. Definitely worth a try but wouldn’t rush here

Best cafe Ristretto and Co in sydney for 2016

Great little place, coffee was amazing. Highly recommend

Lovely. Small flat white. Quality flavour. Barista makes excellent quality coffee. Campos beans used.

Campos washed Ethiopian espresso had some grape-heavy acidity and a more nutty finish - real nice. They were kind enough to redo my espresso on the single rather than the Superior blend. Cold brew on ice was an easy-drinker

Best cafe The Steam Engine in sydney for 2016

I've been here twice. The first time the coffee was about 8/10. This time the shot wasn't the best. However, these guys get top marks for being friendly and welcoming. I'd definitely go back.

What a great cup/s! Had the choice of a "winey and peanutty' Seasonal blend or a "soft floral and citrusy" Nicaragua. Both were delicious!

Tasty Guatemalan for the espresso had a sweetish strawberry caramel vibe, went down well. Columbian washed for the batch was low-level blueberries, minimal acidity and finished cleanly.

Best cafe Roastville Coffee in sydney for 2016

Great almond flat white and good service

Great choice of beans! Out of the two long black beans, both pretty great. One was prefect for what I like but. Side note: get the dirty bird Benedict

Great V60, tried the natural Colombia whichwas roasted t perfection. Very sweet a bit of acidity and the bitterness was on spot. I sat outside and Sydney weather was kind to me for 2 hour 😁. Cost 7$ the only concern.

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