Gone are the days of the Nescafe International Roast tin and the sexy Moccona man. It’s not just a delicious drink that warms us up on cold days, provides the perfect pick me up after a big night, big meeting or 3.30pm slump. Today coffee is much, much, more. Is it freshly ground? Ethically sourced? Too hot? Not hot enough? Latte, flat white, single or double shot. However you like it and for whatever reason check out these top six spots for coffee in Toowoomba.
What makes a great coffee?
Everyone knows a great coffee is all about the beans and the barista. The B team. Both have to be equally great. A bad barista can ruin your favourite blend and the best barista cannot beautify a bad bean. Ultimately coffee comes down to personal taste, likes and dislikes.
The top six list is based on local knowledge and customer reviews. They are listed according to their Beanhunter* rating.
1. GROUND UP
8.9 BEAN HUNTER
501 Ruthven St, Toowoomba
Serving up Toby’s Estate Coffee, Ground Up Espresso Bar is located in an old storeroom in a sleepy Toowoomba laneway that has been transformed into a Melbourne style coffee spot with a fun friendly atmosphere.
Open from 7am to 3pm weekdays and 8am to 3pm on Saturday, the coffee bar serves a selection of great coffee and teas as well as a selection of gourmet baked goods.
“Finally, a barista who knows his stuff. Doppio lungo single origin to die for. Is it any wonder you get an 8.9 on bean hunter!” wrote one happy Beanhunter reviewer.
Rumour has it the Guilty Pleasure is a crowd favourite; a warm croissant, Nutella and strawberries. Um….yum!!
2. IMPRESSIONS ON SCOTT
8.2 BEAN HUNTER
19 Scott St, East Toowoomba QLD 4350
Bellissimo Coffee is the coffee blend of choice here and offers a customer loyalty card that rewards your coffee addiction. Impressions on Scott is a great place to frequent.
Open weekdays 7am to 6pm and Saturday 7am to 12pm. Impressions on Scott aspires to deliver fabulous food made in house and friendly service to Toowoomba locals and visitors in a relaxed setting.
Don’t miss the cake cabinet! One reviewer describing it as “innovative and very, very tasty, recommending the Ginger Crunch and Ginger Lemon Slice.”
With a new spring menu starting in October and gluten free options, Impressions on Scott is a great place for coffee and cake.
3. PARKHOUSE CAFE
7.5 BEAN HUNTER
92 Margaret St, Toowoomba Qld 4350
At Parkhouse you can relax with friends and enjoy a coffee in a great outdoor setting or take a seat inside, on the comfy and inviting lounges.
Open 7am to late, Monday to Sunday (they serve dinner here too) the Park House Café has friendly table service if sitting in.
Park House Café is a long-standing Toowoomba venue nestled in the beautiful Camphor Laurel avenue of Margaret Street, directly opposite Queens Park. It is also a short walk to the Toowoomba Botanical Gardens.
Not just coffee, Park House Café offers great meals, sourcing all of their produce fresh from local farms in the Lockyer Valley and on the Darling Downs.
4. WENDLAND FINE FOODS
7.1 BEAN HUNTER
76 Bridge St, Toowoomba
Not just olives! Mention Wendland in Toowoomba and you will hear all about their olives and olive oils. Owners Karsten and Angela Wendland have an olive grove of over 19000 olive trees and produce oil and different varieties of table olives.
As reviewers describe it; Wendland Fine Foods is an “Artisan deli and café” where “the coffee is well made and the food a little slice of heaven.”
Open 7 days per week from early (check for closing times)
5. RAW SUGAR
6.3 BEAN HUNTER
122 Margaret St (corner of Kitchener St), Toowoomba
Don’t let this unsuspecting cafés appearance fool you. The ordinary looking shop in a small off street shopping strip focuses on home grown and homemade.
Raw Sugar serves up hearty meals, coffee and homemade treats. Keeping up with the food trends, they offer some Paleo options too.
This café is located in walking distance from Allure Cosmetic Clinic and opens 7am to 4 pm weekdays.
6. PINK PEPPERCORN
NO BEAN HUNTER RATING
Medici Medical Centre, Suite 4 / 15 Scott Street, Toowoomba
A short walk from Allure Cosmetic Clinic, Pink Peppercorn has no Bean Hunter rating but is highly rated by the Allure staff and has previously been named the 8th best delicatessen in Australia by the National Lifestyle Food Awards. Open 7am to 6pm weekdays, Pink Peppercorn dishes up delicious, indulgent café and gourmet deli goods and coffee.
Take the time to sit and relax over a great coffee. The team at Allure have coffee tested this list and happily recommend these to clients visiting the Allure Cosmetic Clinic.
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