The shlong is fast becoming one of our favourite black coffees, so it was no surprise we went on a quest to answer the question, ‘where’s the best shlong in Brisbane?’ It’s not uncommon to get some weird looks if you’re game to ask for a shlong … check out our Bear Bones Espresso post for a classic reaction!

So what is a shlong? In essence, it’s a short long … usually a double shot with equal amounts of hot water. Not quite a long black and a bit more than a doppio. View our guide to getting to know your coffee. Sometimes called a ‘long black, low tide’… but shlong is our flavourite! Here are our picks for the best shlongs in Brisbane:

Dandelion and Driftwood

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We had our first shlong well over a year ago … at that time we couldn’t believe our ears when Peter said, ‘how about a shlong?’ We had to have one just for the novelty factor, even though we weren’t quite sure what to expect! The delightfully extracted Ethiopian left us in no doubt, this was a coffee drink of real merit. Since then, time and again, Dandelion and Driftwood deliver delightful shlongs!

First Pour

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It’s always a delight to walk into a coffee shop and have baristas say ‘no worries’. In fact we had a short shlong on First Pour’s Seasonal blend at the barista’s recommendation … she said, ‘I drink way too much coffee so I have short shlongs all the time.’ Then the super shlong, the barista cracked open a bag of a Guatemalan single origin from the retail shelf suggesting it would be super. Whoa … it was super and delivered a double shot of deliciousness. It made the cut after the first sip!

LTD Espresso + Brew Bar

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The shlong has been on LTD’s menu for a long time  … Not only that, Luke shared his shlong on Twitter! The recipe of course. We’ve shown many a barista the tweet following our request for a shlong. You will always get a beautifully extracted shlong at LTD, whether it’s a single origin or a tasty blend. We were going to say it was our drink of choice until we had the C&T … but that’s another post!

Bear Bones Espresso

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When we asked for the shlong, one brekky diner nearly dropped her avocado smash on toast when she heard the order. ‘Is that the same as a long black, low tide? I just want to make sure we’re talking the same language’, Kurtis inquired. The double ristretto shlong arrived on the House blend and definitely gave a hint of fruitiness.

Contessa by Blackstar

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The Single origin on offer was a Nicaraguan Maragogype — the beans were so big they nearly popped out of the hopper. Donald was keen to take on the shlong and delivered it as a double ristretto. There was a definite colour profile of orange.

Solo Espresso

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A Guatemalan Plan Del Guayabo single origin was on offer at Solo. For some reason when we ask for a shlong, it’s closely followed by polite weird looks. With directions darting everywhere, the first solo attempt of the shlong at the La Marzocco machine took flight and delivered a bright aroma and a delightful experience for the palate.

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