What is it about the charm of an amazing cup of coffee? Be it espresso, cappucino or latte, whatever your preference, people travel great distances to savour their favourite brew.
Since the Cairns Post is currently running a ‘best coffee in town‘ competition, we thought you might like to hear our opinion. We have surveyed, sipped and sampled all over Cairns to bring you what we believe are the 5 best cups of coffee.
Caffiend is owned by a hard case coffee crazy, Ollie, who is passionate about every cup of coffee he serves. If you too adore espressos, ristrettos, single origin and macchiatos then this should be your local.
- More info on Caffiend…
#2. Silk Caffe
A fresh (and welcome!) newcomer to the Cairns coffee scene, this seasoned cafe owner has found a niche location. Reminiscent of a stand-up Italian espresso bar, everything is right here; the beans, the barista, the machine, and of course, the coffee.
- More on Silk Caffe…
#3. Tosca Trattoria
The discovery of Tosca’s as a top notch coffee stopover was an accident after recently meeting the owner, Paul, when he was the winner of a latte art competition. His specialty is the piccolo latte, but honestly all the coffee here is awesome. Tosca’s is head-and-shoulders above all other cups of coffee at Cairns Central.
- More on Tosca’s…
#4. Bang Espresso
In our (humble) opinion Bang Espresso was the pioneer of the developing coffee culture of Cairns. Their Melbournesque styling and no nonsence cafe really brought the Cairns coffee connossoirs out of the woodwork. Bang would be #2 if you were always lucky enough to get a coffee by baristas Erol or Ian.
- More info on Bang Espresso…
#5. Industry One
One of Cairns’ few specialty coffee roasters, the aroma as you enter Industry One is intoxicatingly good. Their coffee is pretty good too! A real industry player, Industry One actively engages the wider coffee community by holding regular events like latte art competitions, and cupping nights.
- More info on Industry One…
So… how did we work it out?
Recently one of the CairnsDining team judged the Cairns Barista Championships which is an official competition under AustraAsian Specialty Coffee Association (AASCA) regulation. We used the same competition judging technique and scoring system.
At each cafe we sampled an espresso and a cappucino. And probably cake too, but they didn’t make it onto the judging criteria.
Do you agree? Disagree? Leave a comment and tell us your thoughts of the memorable cups of coffee in Cairns. Or alternatively go vote for your favourite at the Cairns Post.
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