What do Beethoven and the Ink Spots have in common?

They both wrote songs about coffee – and presumably loved it.

Beethoven wrote “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht” (Be still, stop chattering), which is better known as “The Coffee Cantata”, in the 1730s. It’s a miniature comic opera that tells the story of a gentleman’s addiction to this glorious brew.

“Java Jive” by the Ink Spots is a popular, jazzy tune from the 1940s that attests to the seductive powers of coffee and tea.

According to a recent Harris Rise and Grind Survey, these musicians’ shared weakness is also Australia’s.

Harris conducted the survey in partnership with Galaxy Research and discovered some astonishing facts and figures about Australia’s caffeine obsession.

Approximately $2.9 billion is spent by Australians on coffee each and every year.

Of those who responded to the survey, 1.1 million said they would rather give up their cellphone for an entire day than forsake their morning “cup of joe”. In addition to this, 86 per cent claimed to have an “emotional relationship” with coffee.

“Australians have a wonderful obsession with coffee,” said Wayne Archer, who has 37 years of roasting and blending beans for Harris under his belt.

“Having been in the coffee industry for most of my life I have witnessed people going to great lengths for the perfect coffee. In Australia there has been a great increase in the quantity and desire for an excellent cup of coffee.”

In honour of “that wonderful mug” and to help fuel this obsession, we’ve decided to draw your attention to some of the best coffee brewers in Brisbane.

Make sure you grab a Brisbane CBD car hire that has a cup holder, and put these five cafes on your to-do list!

Dandelion and Driftwood

Once you pick up your Brisbane airport car rental and take a ten-minute drive, you’ll find yourself in Hendra. At 1/45 Gerler Road, you’ll find Dandelion and Driftwood, one of the most popular espresso bars in Brisbane. Choose between two haus blends and two single origins.

The Woolshed

Located in the trendy suburb of Newstead and partnered with the bike repair and cyclist clothing store, Back Sheep Cycling, The Woolshed is a quant, unpretentious cafe offering a full array of cafe favourites with baked goods offered fresh daily.

Bean on Dean

If you’re exploring Toowong and are in need of an energy boost, check out 4/45 Dean Street. Bean on Dean serves Campos coffee in a hip environment that screams industrial chic. A favourite with the locals and visitors alike, once you’ve tasted a cup here, you may never want to leave.

We encourage you to see for yourself why Australians are so obsessed with their java by visiting these five cafes. Just make sure your rental car has a cup holder!