Benchtop Espresso

When life gives you lemons, trade them for coffee.

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Locally owned and operated. 

Artisan tea & coffee.
Middle Eastern spices & exotic flavours.
Fresh, local, natural ingredients. 



Some of Our Favorites —


Walnut & Cinnamon Banana Bread (vegan)

Walnut, cinnamon, coconut, honey & banana bread, house made, served w butter, cinnamon, date paste & pomegranate seeds - 6.5


Shakshuka (Baked Eggs)

2 poached eggs baked in spicy tomato & capsicum sauce, w dressed greens, labaneh cheese, olive sourdough toast, fresh feta & herbs - 16


Smashed Avo on Sourdough (v)

Avocado smashed w feta & mint on toasted olive sourdough, dressed greens, labaneh cheese, wedge of lemon, zaatar spices & balsamic tahini glaze - 14


Lamb Koftas

house made spiced & herbed lamb kofta balls, w fresh-made roast vegetable salad, tzatziki & lemon tahini dressing - 12


Turkish Delight Shrub

Shrub: Botanical, fermented cordial. Locally made,  

Watermelon & basil shrub served with rosewater, cinnamon & sprig of oregano, topped with sparkling water, rose petals & pomegranate seeds - 7.5

Middle Eastern Share Platters

1 dip 

Choice of chickpea & garlic hummus, spiced eggplant babaganoush or labaneh cheese //
Served with: lemon tahini, chilli harrisa, dill cucumber pickles, mixed marinated olives, fresh tabouli & warm pita bread - 12

3 dip

Trio of chickpea & garlic hummus, spiced eggplant babaganoush, & labaneh cheese //
Served with: lemon tahini, chilli harrisa, dill cucumber pickles, mixed marinated olives, fresh tabouli & 2 warm pita breads - 20

add: lamb koftas / spiced roast veg / haloumi / side of salad - 4 / israeli salad / extra pita - 2

Coffee Flights

Sample multiple brews, side by side & compare the flavours. 

1+1: Espresso & Milk Coffee - 6
Checkmate: ristretto, espresso & milk coffee - 9
All black: espresso, filter & cold brew - 9
Mix it up: Organic 142 blend, 141 blend & a Single Origin - 9

View Our Full Menu — 

Stumbled upon this awesome cafe today, almost didn’t go in as I am not a coffee drinker and thought that’s what it was all about given the name. What a wonderful surprise, the food and drinks were sublime! Highly recommend the Lamb Kofta Balls and salad. Oh my god the Limonana is to die for! I will definitely be back! Gorgeous range of food, drinks and coffee of course!
— Cindi Bell via Facebook
Finally after years of trying to find an amazing coffee combined with exceptional service we found Benchtop Espresso! Every day is better when you start your day with a coffee made by the team at Benchtop
— Rachel Hayes via facebook
I visited for an early breakfast. This is a bustling little cafe with an extensive blackboard menu. ...
The coffee was exceptional and several different coffee beans were available. ... A visit to Lismore without a coffee at Benchtop Espresso would be a wasted trip.
— Jimbo Gil via tripadvisor
Stopped by today and ordered a Turkish coffee - it bought back memories of other places travelled. Great selection of coffee / food, and staff friendly - will be back again.
— brissiegirl58 via tripadvisor


114 Keen St Lismore, Northern Rivers, NSW



Mon – Fri, 6 am – 4 pm
Sat, 6 am – 1.30 pm

Closed Sundays



(02) 6622 6575


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