Tasmania’s Vibrant Coffee Scene

Tasmania’s Coffee Scene – Introduction

During the long period that we have been monitoring the food and drinks scene in Tasmania we have noticed both good and bad developments. Bad things that have happened include the increased use of systemic sprays in the agricultural sector which cause harm to our health and the health of the soils.

Also, a cause of distress to us is the difficulty in finding fresh, local fish that have been treated with the care they deserve. Much of the local catch is shipped off to the Melbourne markets (and often then sold to Tasmanian outlets from there) or sent overseas making it difficult for locals to enjoy the bounty that lies off our shores.

However, we have been lucky in other areas. There are more and more small producers of organic produce selling their products at markets throughout the state or directly to customers. Just recently we sat in the window at Tom McHugo’s pub and watched stunning organic produce being unloaded and carried to the kitchen.

There are also some fine restaurants opening, with chefs with international experience behind the stove at excellent places such as Fico, Dier Makr and the Port Cygnet Cannery. There are also internationally experienced chefs without restaurants doing amazing things via popups including Lilly Trewartha who has spent time cooking at Peg in London, Luke Burgess who has helmed restaurants and popups in France, Japan and the United Kingdom and Analiese Gregory (formerly of Quay in Sydney) who has also cooked at too many places to list but which include Restaurant Michel Bras and Mugaritz – two of the top restaurants in the world.

And now to the other success story – coffee! Coffee was always a source of contention. It was almost impossible to find a decent coffee anywhere thirty years ago and even ten years ago once you ventured outside Hobart your chances of finding an espresso that was drinkable was zero.

But now we have a vibrant coffee scene with a significant number of places roasting carefully-sourced beans from top suppliers throughout the world. We also have cafes that have installed proper equipment to grind the beans and transform them into an espresso or latte or pour-over brew.

Tasmania’s Coffee Scene – Best Locations

We have included many of the best places to source a coffee elsewhere on this Web site, so we will only provide an introduction to the best here and then provide a link to each so that you can read more about them through the stories we have written.

Pilgrim Coffee

Pilgrim Coffee is a leading provider of excellent coffee in Hobart lead by coffee guru Will Priestley. They have avoided the temptation to move into roasting, opting instead to purchase roasted beans from the best interstate roaster.

Read their story at the following link:

Pilgrim Coffee

Straight Up

Straight Up vies with Pilgrim for the mantle of best coffee in Hobart. They have their own roasting venue in suburban Moonah where they roast top quality beans with a light hand. They have a very good selection of our preferred naturally processed beans.

Read their story at the following link:

Straight Up

Somewhere Coffee Bar

A strong new contender has opened in Hobart with a delicious range of pourover coffees along with the standards. We have thoroughly enjoyed the coffees here and also enjoyed having such choice of premium beans that are sourced by the owner.

Somewhere Coffee Bar

Yellow Bernard

Yellow Bernard has a very strong following especially in the early morning and mid-morning as nearby office workers descend for their caffeine fix. They have a strong program of single origin coffees.

Read their story at the following link:

Yellow Bernard

Pigeon Whole Bakers

Pigeon Whole Coffee is famous for its sourdough bread and pastries and cakes but they are also a serious coffee venue, sourcing their beans from some of the best roasters on the mainland. The staff here know how to coax the best out of the beans!

Read their story at the following link:

Pigeon Whole Bakers

Dinki in Ross

Dinki in Ross is a great place to stop for an excellent pour-over coffee. They source their coffee from Ritual Coffee in Launceston who are very good roasters. At Dinki they make the coffee with a great deal care and attention. We love it here!

Dinki in Ross

Beansmith

Beansmith in Port Cygnet is a very special place for coffee and anything to do with making coffee which you can read about in our story about this interesting venue.

They roast their own green beans (you can see the bags of beans at the back of the space) and they also sell coffee machines and other coffee items. You can drop in here for a cup of your favourite brew on opening days.

Beansmith

Villino

Villino is a long term player in the Hobart coffee scene being both a café and a roastery (on a different site). They not only supply their own beans they are a source of coffee for a number of the best places in Hobart including Audrey and Pigeon Hole. They also own nearby Ecru.

Read their story at the following link:

Villino

Wide Awake Specialty Coffee

This is an apt name for a coffee specialist. These are the people who previously were part owners of the sadly missed Sandy Bay venue Sash.

They have now taken over a site on the corner of Tasma and Elizabeth St in behind a hairdresser that occupies that corner. The coffee here is serious and they provide a great service by opening very early (6am) on weekdays. They also open on weekends but an hour or so later.

We like their coffee very much.

Pigeon Hole Café

Pigeon Hole café was formerly run by the now owners of Pigeon Whole Bakers, hence the similarity in their names. This café is very popular and serves Villino coffee to neighbourhood locals and tourists who come here to enjoy the caffeine and the produce supplied by owners Weston Farm.

Read their story at the following link:

Pigeon Hole Café

Audrey Coffee

Audrey made the brave move of opening on Hobart’s Eastern Shore, an area not noted for excellence in food and drinks. However, their excellent coffee, cheery dispositions and tasty food have made them a firm local fixture, even to the extent of opening another venue. The owners previously worked for Villino and source some of their beans from them as well as key suppliers interstate and overseas.

Read their story at the following link:

Audrey Coffee

Parklane Espresso

Parkland Espresso is crouched in a corner of Salamanca Square quite close to our office, so we are often in there as it the best choice in the Salamanca area. They always have single origin beans from somewhere exotic and their daily blend is supplied by Zimmah Coffee, the local roasters.

Read their story at the following link:

Parklane Espresso

Shake a Leg Jr

Shake a Leg Jr is situated in Moonah a suburb that is becoming favoured by young hipsters who have been attracted by the lower house purchase and rental prices here. It is run by Scott, a former owner of Yellow Bernard.

Read their story at the following link:

Shake a Leg Jr

Bread + Butter

Bread + Butter is one of our favourite cafes in Tasmania. They have a special knowledge of coffee here and source the beans from some of Australia’s best roasters. It is well-worth a visit to sample your choice of coffee and you can also buy packs of the beans to take home.

Read their story at the following link:

Bread + Butter

Princes Square Bar

Princes Square Bar is one of our favourite places for coffee in Launceston. This tiny place run by Damien Webber manages to squeeze into a tiny space opposite the namesake park all that you need for a pleasant breakfast or a quick caffeine hit.

Princes Square Bar

Little Bay Pâtisserie

Little Bay Pâtisserie is a great place to drop into for one of their famous pastries and a cup of very good, Tasmanian roasted coffee. We like this place a lot.

Little Bay Pâtisserie

Swims East Coast Coffee – Scamander

Swims East Coast Coffee is an the southern entrance to Scamander on Tasmania’s beautiful East Coast. Their coffee program is very strong and we always look forward to our visits here.

Read their story at the following link:

Swims East Coast Coffee

Off Center – Launceston

Off Center is a great place to go for a very good coffee. It is only a very short walk from the central Mall in Launceston. Their coffee is roasted to their specification by Hutch Coffee.

Read their story at the following link:

Off Centre

You can find other places to drink coffee outside Tasmania on our foodtourist.com Website.

Infuse Coffee Roasters

It might be out of the way in the semi-industrial part of Burnie, but this place turns out some very good coffee from beans that they select and roast themselves. Easily the best coffee in Burnie!

Infuse Coffee Roasters