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

Strong lemon sherbet to the newly roasted beans for the espresso - crsiply tasty Guatemalan Artificer for the takeaway batch was ribena-like

Sample Honduran espresso was real sweet with vanilla upfront - delicious Sample Ethiopian for the batch had some lovely stone fruit notes

The Artificer Rwandan for the espresso was excellent with a mix of nuttiness and vanilla. Batch to-go was fruity and clean.

Best cafe Artistry Coffee Craft Co. in sydney for 2016

Owners are great, and the flat white is easily the best I have found in the city. Flavours are strong and smooth and the milk is perfectly textured every time. Great beans to take home too. Rotation of filter beans is always a delight as well.

Just dropped in again this week for a 3/4 flat white. Still a treat every time. The difference between a cafe and somewhere that is passionate about coffee always shows through in the cup. Looking forward to my next visit. 👍🏼👏🏼

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

#6

Lime Espresso

Sydney CBD

Best cafe Lime Espresso in sydney for 2016

Back in Sydney city and staying somewhere different which opens me to new cafes. I think I have another favourite cafe. Lime has great coffee, no really great! It’s also a gourmet sandwich bar, both pre-made and on demand. These looked sensational. Local city workers drop by for coffee and a sandwich. Definitely worth the visit. I will be returning tomorrow.

Best cafe The Reformatory Caffeine Lab in sydney for 2016

Love coming back here.. some of the best Singles around. Great set up and great specialty coffee

Natural Ethiopian espresso started with a roasty Maillard reaction feel, the promised black tea became clear at the finish. 90+ Panama Gesha yellow natural - initial buttery mouthfeel, passion fruit then other fruits - lovely mixed bowl of fruit without being over the top. Some nice coat-the-mouth acidity on the aftertaste

Best cafe Cavalier Specialty Coffee in sydney for 2016

Honey washed El Salvador for the espresso had a mix of dried apricots and coaco nibs Tried a decaf espresso from Marvell Street, was surprisingly tasty if slightly less full bodied than some shots Ribena flavour all over the Batch

Cacao nibs all round for the Marvell Street Nicaraguan spro, more brown sugar on the finish - tasty shot. Batch was full bodied, stone fruit, clean finish - rather nice.

Faultless. Peeps who care about the quality of the product. Great team. Amazing food: taste sensations. Love the new space. Great work @cavalier2.0

#9

Coffee Alchemy

Marrickville

Best cafe Coffee Alchemy in sydney for 2016

Espresso on a Columbian has some nice plums over cocoa backbone with some interesting acidity thrown. Pour over on natural Ethiopian was tasty fruity, bittered a little on the aftertaste but still went down well. I really like the teaspoons here

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

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

Have been visiting this place nearly every day for 2 years straight and the constancy in high quality coffee making is incredible. Rarely have I had a bad coffee. Food, service and ambience is great. Highly Recommended!

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.

Best cafe Artificer Coffee in sydney for 2016

Way tasty Kenyan espresso had caramel and stone fruit in abundance. Sweet orange tang to the batch with are very clean finish – real nice.

Same Kenyan I tried at Salvage but on a slightly reduced volume. It had a citrus, tending to marmalade vibe, aftertaste brought an increase in bitterness - nice shot. Very distinct hazelnut flavour to the batch, coupled with the finishing clean sweetness made it very enjoyable.

Not particularly impressed. Fashionable yet slightly uncomfortable seating. Call me old-fashioned but I enjoy a cushioned chair. Propped up against the hard wall I struggled to read the book I bought and enjoy my espresso as other customers spilled over the edges of the premise (perhaps my error in judgement in bringing a book). Despite this the service was warm and friendly! The coffee was on the thin side; it lacked the rich, woody and earthy taste I enjoy and left me a little depressed and craving a decent espresso. However, this is a personal preference. Location wise the cafe is surrounded by beautiful leafy trees and escapes the hustle and bustle of neighbouring Crown St.

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

Best cafe Barefoot Coffee Traders in sydney for 2016

Marvel St Columbian for the espresso was alright with some red apple but bittered strongly on the finish Different Columbian for the batch was fruity, juicy and finished cleanly

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.

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

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

Smooth flat white hit the spot .. recommended

Sweet, vibrant washed Kenyan for the espresso - had an interesting slightly astringent mouthfeel, sort of drying of the back of the lips Same beans for the filter gave a sensationally bright, sweet, fruity cup - real good.

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

#22

Mrs P's

Burwood

Best cafe Mrs P's in sydney for 2016

Great coffee! Staff were friendly and attentive. Atmosphere was a bit average - could do with a bit of a make over.

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.

#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

Honduran espresso on Supreme beans had some toffee to start and increase in acidity to finish. Batch was fruity, finish not as clean as most I have here

Espresso 1 was a darker roast, with a silky texture Espresso 2 on an Ethiopian was all apples with an interesting hint of cloves - really nice. Batch to finish had a distinct bergamot flavour, a flavour I don’t often pick up so clearly

Classy coffee. The long black came out with a separate mini jug of hot water...classy! Beautiful rich berry notes, nutty cedar with a bitter choc finish. Classy.

Best cafe Gumption by Coffee Alchemy in sydney for 2016

Best longblacks and cold brew coffee I’ve had in the CBD. Lots of great bean varieties for home coffee. Always a must when traveling to the city!

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

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.

Best cafe The Steam Engine in sydney for 2016

Toby’s Estate natural Ethiopian was all apricot and easy drinking Ethiopian cold brew was sweet and crisp Also enjoyed the Costa Rican batch

Yellow Honey processed Toby’s Estate espresso had a delicious sweet orange and black tea flavour - real nice FW to-go was en pointe

Blackforest cake in a cup for the natural Nicaraguan espresso - great. Kenyan batch was clean and fruity.

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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