We’ve bean to Melbourne a few times but never bean to Sydney to enjoy the caffeinated highlights on offer. We had the opportunity to sample a number of locations and these venues form our fantastic 4. So if you’re ever in Sydney wondering where to go, check some or all of these coffee crackers:

1. The Reformatory Caffeine LAB – Surry Hills

There are so many coffees on offer at The Reformatory Caffeine LAB that you’re sure to find a coffee to delight your senses. If you’ve seen Reformatory’s coffee bags on shelves around Brisso, you gotta experience the artwork first hand in-store. The setting is way cool and the coffee is off the chain! We had some sublime filters and an amazing chat with Simon … the ‘mad professor’ of Sydney coffee.

Reformatory Caffeine Lab

2. Brewtown – Newtown

We got a tip from @the_espresso_broz via Instagram who said that ‘Brewtown Newtown was a must visit!’ What a great tip … this place was way cool … though we do have a penchant for industrial coffee settings. The Panama Geisha batchie was amazing and provided sensory comfort from the bustling King St. The milo cruffin also tickled the tastebuds in a way we didn’t think was possible!

Brewtown Newtown

3. Single O – Surry Hills

We’ve been delighted by the Single O coffees offered at their South Brisbane Merivale St address, so we had to visit their ‘home base’. We went for espressos to heighten our senses as we absorbed the sights and sounds of Sydney as they moved around us. The Burundi single origin was smooth and delightful … the cupping we did later that day at 5 Senses reminded us of the great coffees from this region.

Single O

4. Mecca Coffee – Alexandria

With Mecca Coffee only a short stroll from our Airbnb, it soon became our local favourite! The venue is a one-stop coffee shop – cafe space, roaster, cupping tables and kitchen. We were able to seek advice from the barista to provide us with both filter and espresso options. Mecca had a chilled vibe with welcoming staff and smokin’ coffees. Oh and the brekky was pretty darn good too!

Mecca Coffee