Our five favourite coffee roasters to pick up your morning brew stars 5 of the best coffee shops in several of Australia’s capital cities.
St Ali Roasters, South Melbourne
Here customers can sip house-roasted coffee by 2013 Australian Barista Champion, Matt Perger. There’s also a healthy all-day menu to sink your teeth into, while their factory across the road runs workshops from roasting to latte art. stali.com.au
Campos Coffee, Newtown, Sydney
Campos made headlines when a New York Times journalist declared their coffee was worth the 22-hour flight. Now the flagship store includes an espresso bar downstairs and a cupping room upstairs, where you can sample various brews and pick up a bag of your favourite. camposcoffee.com
Merlo Coffee, Bowen Hills, Brisbane
Coffee roasting has long been in the Merlo family with the founder’s father, Gino Merlo, reportedly bringing the first espresso machine to Queensland in the 1950s. Merlo now has five torre faziones (Italian for coffee roasting house), but at Bowen Hills coffee-lovers can pick up a fresh brew, snacks and tour the factory too. merlo.com.au
Seven Seeds, Carlton, Melbourne
Named after the cargo that Baba Budan smuggled out of Yemen and into India in the 1600s, Seven Seeds is situated in a converted warehouse in the CBD. As well as a tasty day menu, the café offers free cupping sessions and DIY tools from brewing systems to milk jugs. sevenseeds.com.au
Ristretto, Northbridge, Perth
Among Ristretto’s three Perth cafés is the newly opened roasting lab in Northbridge. There they run a hole-in-the-wall coffee bar down a laneway, where customers can see the roasting process taking place behind expert baristas. 53 Aberdeen St, Northbridge WA 6003; 0415 954 814.