Cup Specialty Coffee – West End

[ Updated Aug, 28th, 2010 ]

When owner Josh Russell decided to open his own cafe / roastery this past January it quickly became clear that Cup would become one of West Ends top specialty coffee spots. Fast forward seven months and Cup Specialty Coffee is now a well known hot spot on the ever expanding Brisbane coffee scene. Josh roasts his beans in house on a 5 kilo probat and always has two grinders running to keep things interesting.

Have you been to Cup Specialty Coffee? Join in on the discussion and tell us what you think.
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[ Cup Specialty Coffee discussion thread ]

Cup Specialty Coffee
Location: 85 Russell Street, West End.
Hours: Mon – Sat 7am – 4pm

Check out this awesome video from the team at PSN Creative .. I was blown away the first time I watched this.


Macchiato Espresso Bar – New York NY

Ok I know this is BNE COFFEE aka a Brisbane based coffee blog but this past July I was in New York for a few days and in our travels I stopped at a few different cafe’s .. most of which I was not impressed with. In fact the worst espresso I had was in Little Italy. Then on my last day in the big apple I was getting ready to give up on finding a decent coffee when I stumbled upon Macchiato Espresso Bar in midtown. After all the bad experiences I nervously entred to what was a surprisingly very cool modern vibe. I had ordered a piccolo and was amazed at how good this coffee was.


The service was fast and the staff were very friendly. They seemed to attract the business crowd but there were a few tourists lurking as well (inlcuding me). I loved the whole look of the cafe. It was bright, modern and classy and it fit perfectly into its midtown location. You’ll find Macchiato Espresso Bar a few blocks east of grand central station on 141 East 44th Street.


Before we left I had a double shot latte and I was again very impressed by the quality of the coffee. The pour was pretty close to perfect and the over all taste was strong with no bitterness to be found. So .. if you find yourself in New York and can’t find a decent coffee these guys are worth a visit. For info check out


I have to give a quick shout out to an awesome new website I was recommended to have a look at called The only bad thing I have to say about this site is that I wish I had thought of the concept myself. Beanhunter is a cafe directory where registered users can submit and review there favorite cafe’s. There are currently cafe reviews from around Australia and all over the world. Bookmark this bad boy in your favorites menu this instant .. its an awesome website!

One Drop Specialty Coffee – Fortitude Valley


[ New up to date photos added on March 15th, 2011 ]

One Drop Specialty Coffee is located at the base of the Cardno building / Green Square on St Pauls Terrace in Fortitude Valley. Owners Ben Graham and Blaine Swanborough are seriously passionate about coffee. One Drop sources its coffee from Wolff Coffee Roasters Brisbane. One Drops new house blends origins are Indian / Columbian / PNG and Brazilian. Its been interesting watching One Drop grow over the past year and they are without a doubt one of the top specialty coffee shops in Brisbane.


Quality control is very high here and the staff are super friendly. Since opening its doors last week I have watched it get busier and busier as office workers and locals catch on to this hidden gem. Having lived and worked in the valley area I can tell you that there are plenty of cafe’s but very little decent coffee. One Drop is already standing out in the crowd as one of the serious coffee spots in Brisbane so if your in the valley make sure you drop in. Just don’t sit on the stool in the corner .. thats my seat!

Before you go check out the awesome video below that was produced for One Drop. Directed, shot & cut by The Brothers Graetz.

Have you been to One Drop Specialty Coffee? Click on the discussion link below to tell us what you think.


[ One Drop Specialty Coffee discussion thread ]

Location: 515 St. Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley
Hours: Mon – Fri, 6am – 4pm

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Cleanskin Coffee Co.

When the former owner of one of my favorite cafe / roasters (caffeine espresso) decided to open up his own roasting operation I had high expectations. When I sat down with owner Mark Pearce and a few other espresso addicts for some sample shots of his new espresso blend “re:hab” I was blown away. Seriously, it was the best kick in the face double shot latte I have ever had. The standard of quality in this blend alone has raised the bar of what I consider a quality cup of coffee.


Cleanskin Coffee Co have many different blends on offer including my favorite single origin of all time their direct trade cuban blend which you absolutley must try. For more info check out