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If you live within an hour commute from Surry Hills, which extends as far as Glebe some days, why not check out one of the many great cafes as named in the SMH Good Cafe Guide awards. Okay, I am a little concerned that Sydney, with exception to only a small percentage of cafes reviewed, is classified as being within a 10km radius of Surry Hills. Norton St doesn't get a mention - that's just too far west perhaps? All this would be true, if not for the WINNER, based at Parramatta - just a short bus trip to Town Hall, train to Circular Quay and a rivercat out to Parramatta, hop-skip and a jump away.
eftpos best cafe
Circa Specialty Coffee, Parramatta
It's in a laneway and the kitchen is 1.5 metres x 1.5 metres, but Tony Sleiman and Aykut Sayan are rocking the locals with high-detail Five Senses coffee, flavour-bursting food, and a go-west spirit that's putting Parramatta on the map.
21 Wentworth Street, Parramatta, 0410 757 757
Best new cafe
Excelsior Jones, Ashfield
An old corner shop converted to a cool cafe, Excelsior has a whip-smart menu of pork hock hash and cream soda spiders with a no-attitude attitude to those packing a kid or two.
139A Queen Street, Ashfield, 9799 3240
Coffee Alchemy, Marrickville
Hazel de los Reyes sets the bar with her dedication to the bean, from sourcing and selection, to roasting and brewing. More a roastery outlet than a full-blown cafe - and no food to speak of - it's nevertheless one of the top coffee destinations in Sydney.
24 Addison Road, Marrickville, 9516 1997
Latorre & Dutch best boutique roaster
Reuben Hills, Surry Hills
Not only a specialty roaster bringing integrity to each stage of the process, from sourcing and selecting, to roasting, brewing and educating, but a boundary-pushing cafe as well, with food inspired by the beans' countries of origin.
61 Albion Street, Surry Hills, 9211 5556
Best brew bar
Sideshow at Single Origin Roasters, Surry Hills
Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to the excellent adventure of coffee brewing in all its forms - syphon, cold-drip, filter, or espresso - the little sideshow to Single Origin Roasters' Surry Hills flagship is for many the big top.
52-64 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills, 9211 0665
Bonsoy best barista
Dan Yee of Salvage Specialty Coffee, Artarmon
Recently landed at Salvage with barista mates Toby Cutler and Matt Goto and Mecca Espresso beans, Yee is curious and forward-thinking, striving for excellence in every cup.
5 Wilkes Avenue, Artarmon, no phone
Best small cafe
Ticking every trending box, this half-bakery, half-espresso (Mecca) bar , redefines the level of detail that can be put in place in a limited space.
206 Cleveland Street, Chippendale, 9698 7880
Best food cafe
Kepos Street Kitchen, Redfern
Michael Rantissi does everything from scratch in this born-again cottage, from the falafel and shakshouka to the brilliant pastries and The Grounds Roasters coffee.
96 Kepos Street, Redfern, 9319 3919
Bourke Street Bakery, Surry Hills
BSB recently launched the first social-enterprise bakery in Australia,the Bread & Butter Project, training refugees to be ''the bakers of tomorrow'' and making a real contribution to a wider community. thebreadandbutterproject.com
Now in Surry Hills, Alexandria, Neutral Bay, Marrickville and Potts Point, 9699 1011
Hall of fame
The original bills cafe changed our idea of what a cafe could be when it opened in Liverpool Street 20 years ago. It's still as fresh as a daisy today with its big share table, scrambled eggs, great magazines, and Single Origin Roasters coffee.
433 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst, 9360 9631
If you live around Melbourne or are visiting Melbourne, why not join the queues at one of these trendy cafes to experience a great coffee and soak up the atmosphere? Personally, I prefer to take control of the espresso creation and enjoy it in the peace and quiet of my own garden - but that's just me.
Eftpos best cafe: Auction Rooms, North Melbourne
One of the coolest fitouts in town, excellent coffee, a tight brunch menu and smart service.
Best coffee: Axil Coffee Roasters, Hawthorn
We've had plenty of ''ah'' moments this year from Axil's seasonal blend, and their single origins, too.
Best new cafe: Top Paddock, Richmond
So many good cafes opened this year: Top Paddock is the best, with a sharp fit out, good food, great coffee and passionate service.
Best food cafe: St Ali Coffee Roasters, South Melbourne
With chef Andrew Gale in charge of the kitchen, St Ali's creative riffs on cafe food just got better.
Latorre & Dutch best boutique roaster: The Maling Room, Canterbury
The Maling Room's blends and single origins are popping up at coffee-smart cafes all over town. Owner and head roaster Andrew Lew has been producing excellent coffee in Canterbury's lovely old post office since 2006.
Best brew bar: Dukes Coffee Roasters, Melbourne
A lovely new space with a friendly team serving quality espresso and filter coffee.
Best small cafe: Cheerio, Richmond
Small and perfectly formed, from the single-page menu to the Seven Seeds coffee and the chilled service.
Bonsoy best barista: Courtney Patterson, Cup of Truth, Melbourne
There's nowhere to hide at the former ticket booth that Patterson has called home for the past four years, pulling shots for the Flinders Street commuter crowds.
Local hero: The Resident, Ashburton
Every suburb deserves a bright-and-breezy cafe with inventive food, ace coffee and a friendly vibe. That's The Resident in a nutshell.
Hall of fame: Giancarlo Giusti, Grinders
Fifty years ago, Giancarlo Giusti opened Grinders in Lygon Street. He also created the original Mario's blend in 1986.