This is our edit of Brisbane's best new cafes from the past 12 months, updated monthly.

Some are following the latest coffee trends – continuing the push away from espresso and towards batch-brew – while others are trying to become great neighbourhood catch-up spots.

Here's where we're going for coffee this December.

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Devon

Devon is one of Sydney’s most renowned cafes – an operator that helped propagate Australia’s “breakfast restaurant” movement. In February it moved into a beautiful waterside spot in Garden City’s open-air dining precinct serving rarefied breakfast dishes such as Croissant Saint Denis (fresh croissant with a crab and salmon omelette, shellfish bisque and caviar) and the now-iconic Breakfast With the Sakumas (miso-grilled king salmon and a smoked-eel croquette accompanied by 63-degree egg, radish petit salad and Kewpie mayonnaise). Later in the day share plates kick in. The venue is an 80-seat open eatery defined by pastels and soft furnishings, the better for maximising the natural light that floods into the space.

2049 Logan Road, Upper Mount Gravatt

Bula Vinaka

Bula Vinaka came about after James and Shika Furminger visited the Red Hill Community Sports Club only to discover its on-site cafe, Arthur’s Green, had closed. The husband and wife team decided to create their own outlet that tapped into Shika’s Fijian-Indian background and served dishes such as chickpea salads and spicy noodle cakes with homemade relish, alongside a few bowls and sweets. There is also Campos coffee, Hrvst cold press-juices and smoothies. As for the space itself, it’s a simple set-up of outdoor bench seating, artificial turf and counter tiling – the surrounding bowling greens and bushland account for the rest of its charm.

22 Fulcher Road, Red Hill

Coffee Supreme

Coffee Supreme has relaunched its Day Made cafe in Woolloongabba, rebranding it as Coffee Supreme Gibbon Street to create a new Brisbane flagship for the celebrated New Zealand roaster. The venue retains the familiar mix of handsome brickwork, tiles and wood features of Day Made, but the turquoise accents have been swapped out for flashes of Coffee Supreme’s vivid red. And the menu has been streamlined to be more homey. There are one-handed eats such as toast with banana and cinnamon-sugar “crack butter”, and avo-on-rye with labneh. As for coffee, Coffee Supreme leads with its espresso, batch brew and cold filter, pouring seasonal blends and rotating single origins.

3C Gibbon Street, Woolloongabba

Yolk

At Morning After in West End, owner Yianni Passaris found that one of the most popular dishes wasn’t even on the menu: an off-menu bacon and egg roll. Such was the demand for it that Passaris decided to put it front and centre at his next spot: Yolk. It’s a simple cafe with a focus on eggs, alongside other well-executed classics such as a fried-chicken burger and a steak and egg roll with chimichurri and American cheese. Drinks are also simple: espresso and filter coffee and fresh orange juice. It all comes in a minimal fit-out with custom-built furniture, curved bars, round tables and a simple palette of grey, white and beige.

76 Skyring Terrace, Newstead

Crumbs

Jordan Trottemont wanted to open a place that nailed toasties. So he enlisted star chef Matt Williamson to help him write the sandwich menu at Crumbs, his new spot on Oxford Street. In terms of fit-out there’s very little to this place other than a cute wood-lined shack and a couple of picnic tables with umbrellas. But behind the counter that sandwich press is doing impressive things. There’s the Roma, with stracciatella, Roma tomatoes and basil; a mortadella sandwich with provolone, green-olive mascarpone and a side of radicchio; and a straight-up deep-fried mozzarella sandwich served with a tomato-garlic dip.

140 Oxford Street, Bulimba

Only. Buranda

One of the city’s best coffee spots takes on the ‘burbs, but with a difference. Only owners Paul Crossland and Arthur Graczyk have adopted a slower pace for their new Woolloongabba outlet, giving them the freedom to drill down into more specialty coffee options. Sydney’s Five Senses remains the house blend, but there’s a rotation of guest roasters for black coffee and filter selections. Food is a simple selection of baked goods from Danny’s Bread. The new location underneath the Uni Lodge building is smaller and moodier than its CBD counterpart – Matthew Reynolds from Majr Designs elected to keep the building’s besser-block foundations and industrial piping exposed. The coffee bar – covered in grey tiles – takes up the bulk of the space, and there are stools and a small nook for indoor seating.

2 Gillingham Street, Woolloongabba

Street Lab Specialty Coffee

In early March this Fortitude Valley favourite upped sticks and moved to the CBD, and owner Ethan Dou pivoted Street Lab away from its sneaker collections and Star Wars memorabilia to drill down on coffee. Dou is now trying to better inure punters to drinking the specialty stuff with a colour-coded menu describing subtle characteristics such as chocolate, strawberry and lemon. Using a specially imported Swedish batch brewer called The Hipster, Street Lab is offering two or three daily brew alternatives to highlight the difference between beans. Food is a simple selection of cabinet eats including baked goods from Chouquette, and honey sponge cakes and four-layer Hokkaido cheesecakes from Salisbury’s Mountain River Patisserie. The space itself is straightforward, integrated inside the lobby of the Crowe Horwath Centre in the CBD.

Shop 1 1000A Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Coffee Head Co

Coffee Head Co owners Cassie Porter and Pablo Leiva are defying Brisbane’s typical 2pm coffee cut-off time, trading until midnight seven days a week in South Brisbane. The cafe is pouring specialty coffee outfit Bellissimo’s Ultimo variation on Italian dark roast, and Melbourne hot-chocolate brand Mörk’s 70 per cent original dark and 65 per cent dark milk and river salt blends. There’s also a selection of AR-T fair-trade organic teas from the Sunshine Coast. For food, Flour of Life Bakery provides a range of vegan baked goods until midnight every day, and Porter and Leiva are also importing fancy Peruvian La Iberica vegan and milk chocolate bars. The shop is near the old Expo 88 Skyneedle on Manning Street – it’s a straightforward space with floor-to-ceiling windows and a heap of Peruvian Chavín-style art scattered about the dark walls.

62 Manning Street, South Brisbane

Sister

The latest venture from husband and wife team Daniel and Hannah Bowles (Miss Jones) opened in early June serving Single O coffee and imaginative variations on modern Australian cafe food: there is pork-belly Benedicts; gingerbread waffles with honeycomb gelato and citrus meringue; and an avo on toast finished with corned cream, hazelnut crumb, pickled onion, charred corn and chipotle. Like Miss Jones before it, the design is striking mostly in its restraint, with the bulk of the features playing out in shapes and colours. There are illustrations by Autumn Studio throughout; the doodles of dogs and plants dotted over the exterior of the cafe give it a playful, welcoming feel.

2 273 , Hawthorne