Who makes the best servo coffee in Australia?

When you’re on the road, sometimes you need a pick-me-up. For many of us, that means coffee. But unless your commute takes you past a cute corner café or a drive-through Maccas, it can be hard to get your caffeine fix without taking a serious detour and trying to find a park on a busy street.

Luckily, more and more petrol stations are including fresh brewed coffee in their repertoire of convenience goods and services. While most petrol stations have a cold drinks fridge where you can find ready-made iced coffee, nothing beats a fresh hot brew. Some employ trained baristas, while others simply keep it cheap and convenient with self-serve machines. Either way, knowing exactly where your local servo-café combo is can help keep you and your car full of energy, to get you through a busy day.

In this guide, Canstar Blue looks at some of the most popular service stations and their coffee offerings to see which servo truly offers the best cup of coffee.

Puma

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Selected Puma service stations include the brand’s own 7th Street café. Here, you can purchase barista-made coffee and fresh baguettes, salads, wraps and more. For extra convenience, some 7th Street cafés also offer seating areas with free Wi-Fi and phone recharging stations.

  • Types of coffee available: Long black, flat white, latte, cappuccino, hot chocolate, tea
  • How is the coffee made: Barista-made or a self-serve coffee machine (depending on location)
  • Coffee beans used: Di Bella Coffee
  • Loyalty system: N/A
  • Price: $3-$4
  • Specialties: Occasionally runs free coffee days with special conditions, e.g., new store openings, free coffee for customers who by News Corp paper. Occasional in-store promotions on food and drinks

BP

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An increasingly large proportion of BP fuel stations include the company’s Wild Bean café, serving barista-brewed coffee, plus bakery items, toasties, sandwiches, and more. Wild Bean cafes are claimed to use 100% Fairtrade certified Arabica and Robusta beans. BP coffee comes in three different sizes; small, medium and large.

  • Types of coffee available: Long black, flat white, latte, cappuccino, macchiato, iced latte, mocha, hot chocolate, tea
  • How is the coffee made: Barista-made coffee
  • Coffee beans used: Wild Bean Café Barista Blend
  • Loyalty system: Wild Bean café loyalty card rewards customers with a free coffee on their 5th coffee purchase. Customers can also pre-order coffee on the BPme app.
  • Price: $3.90-$5
  • Specialties: Combo coffee, pastry and soft drinks deals available in some locations.

Caltex/Ampol

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Selected Caltex and Ampol fuel stations include a Caltex Star Mart or Foodary, where in addition to convenience items, drivers can grab fresh coffee and takeaway bakery snacks and meals. Select Foodary’s and Star Mart’s also offer seating areas with free Wi-Fi and phone recharging stations. Caltex coffee comes in two sizes; regular and large.

Ampol Caltex petrol service station compared

  • Types of coffee available: Long black, flat white, latte, cappuccino, macchiato, iced latte, mocha, piccolo, hot chocolate, tea
  • How is the coffee made: Barista-made or a self-serve coffee machine (depending on location)
  • Coffee beans used: 100% Arabica Beans
  • Loyalty system: Loyalty card available from selected Foodary locations. Woolworths Rewards card is also accepted at the Foodary/Star Mart
  • Price: $1-$2 (self-serve), $3.50 (barista-made)
  • Specialties: Occasionally runs free coffee promotions for fueling up at Caltex/Ampol

Coles Express

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Claiming to offer the ‘best servo coffee’, Coles Express servos make coffee quick and affordable with its self-serve machines. Offering a selection of coffee favourites, as well as pastries, sandwiches and sweet treats, Coles Express has quickly become a one stop shop for all your snacking needs. Plus, with an increasing focus on providing convenient grocery products, you can also visit your local Coles Express to stock up on your home coffee-making supplies.

  • Types of coffee available: Long black, flat white, latte, cappuccino, macchiato, iced latte, mocha, piccolo, hot chocolate, tea
  • How is the coffee made: Self-serve coffee machine
  • Coffee beans used: Coles Express’ Urban Coffee Culture blend
  • Loyalty system: Flyby’s cardholders can earn points for buying a Coles Express coffee and receive a free coffee for every 10th one they purchase.
  • Price: $1-$2
  • Specialties: Occasionally runs free coffee promotions for fueling up at Coles Express. Occasional in-store promotions on food and drinks

7 Eleven

The first to start the servo coffee wars, 7 Eleven coffee comes in three, cheap self-serve options; regular, large, ‘sup’. With a range of both hot and iced coffee drinks to choose from, including an indulgent coffee melt made with Peters vanilla ice cream, it’s clear to see how 7 Eleven has become a fan favourite. Plus, most locations also offer its own reusable coffee cups for purchase too, to help keep your servo coffee pick-me-up that little more eco-friendly.

  • Types of coffee available: Long black, flat white, latte, cappuccino, short black, iced latte, hot chocolate, coffee melt, tea
  • How is the coffee made: Self-serve coffee machine
  • Coffee beans used: 100% Arabica Beans
  • Loyalty system: My 7 Eleven mobile apps rewards points for purchases (coffee included) and rewards customers every 7th visit.
  • Price: $1-$3
  • Specialties: Occasional in-store promotions on food and drinks. Promotions and free offers available through the My 7 Eleven app. Customers who fuel up at 7 Eleven may also receive a 7 Eleven free coffee.

United Petroleum

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As you may have noticed on at least one of your trips along the highway, some United Petroleum petrol stations include a Pie Face store, where self-serve coffee, hot pies and sausage rolls and fresh food (including sandwiches, hot dogs and donuts) are available to purchase. Select locations also have seating areas, so you can sit down and take a break.

  • Types of coffee available: Long black, flat white, latte, cappuccino, espresso, iced latte, hot chocolate, tea
  • How is the coffee made: Self-serve coffee machine
  • Coffee beans used: Di Bella Coffee
  • Loyalty system: N/A
  • Price: $2-$5
  • Specialties: Occasional in-store promotions on food and drinks.

Who has the best rated servo-coffee?

When it comes to servo coffee, it definitely comes down to a matter of individual taste. While some servos may offer cheaper coffees than others, in the end, the ‘best’ servo coffee will probably be different for each individual. That being said, you cannot fault the absolute ease and convenience of grabbing a coffee whilst fueling up, especially when it’s half the price of a regular cuppa!

If servo coffee isn’t really your vibe, or you’ve just had a enough to last a lifetime, then never fear! We also have a list of the top coffee shops and cafés as rated by Aussies for you to check out. See our annual coffee shop ratings for the full list.

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