When I was growing up, the kettle was always boiling, especially in the holiday season – people dropped in for a cup of tea, friends came over for playdates, and I assume mum and dad drank their fair share of coffee to deal with our school holiday enthusiasm. Cups of tea and mugs of coffee brought people together over dining room tables and kitchen benches and patio couches, and not much has changed when I go home for Christmas. Gift some good vibes from Brisbane’s best caffeine fiends:
West End Tea Co has a wide variety of lovely teas, beautifully packages and blended by hand in West End. Most teas are available in pyramid bags or as loose leaf. Purchase online or through one of their many stockists.
44 Thomas Street, West End
Single origins and blends from all over the place, Byron Bay to Ethiopia. Blackstar’s cold press coffees are reportedly amazing, although I've never tried them so can't vouch for them personally. You can buy their blends in their West End or Brisbane City stores, or get in touch about orders via their website
44 Wolverhampton Street, Stafford
With a focus on social, economic and environmental sustainability, Q Roasters source from producers that endorse Organic, Fair Trade Organic, and Rainforest Alliance Practices, or from estates supporting sustainable agriculture. Purchase via their website or on site at their off-the-beaten track café.
2/2051 Moggill Rd, Kenmore & 3/201 Charlotte Street, Brisbane City
They started as a cute lil' cafe in Kenmore and opened a second location in the CBD earlier this year. Pick up their single origin roasts from either of their stores, or shop online via their website.
83 Boundary Street, West End
The Establishment’s team has over 50 years of combined roasting knowledge and beans are hand-picked and sourced from Ethipoia, PNG, Brazil and India. Get your beans at their West End café.