Australia's claim to the flat white may be contentious, but our love affair with coffee is hardly up for debate. Our roasters and baristas are some of the most accomplished, inventive and technical in the world. It seems with each passing month there’s a new brewing technique, new gadgets or a shift in the idea of what good coffee actually means.

These are the cafes defining the future and, at the same time, giving us the basics at their very best. The only thing left for you to do is decide how you like your coffee.