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 banana bread, served with fresh fruit, organic yoghurt & date glaze - 7

Honey Butter French Toast (veg, gf option)

Served with fresh fruit & Organic Vanilla Bean yoghurt - 12

Add maple bacon - 4

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

Refreshing Shrubs

Local fermented  botanical  extracts  served  on ice  & soda - 7.5   

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

LEMON  LOVER  Lemon,  Rosemary,  Mint

ARABIAN  NIGHTS  Hibiscus,  Cucumber,  Berry 


Middle Eastern Platter or Pita Pocket (veg, vegan option, gf option)


Traditional chickpea dip, tahini, chili harrissa, dill pickles, tabouli


Hummus platter topped with roast eggplant, boiled egg, roasted sweet potatoes


Hummus platter with our house made, spiced lamb kofta balls, and yogurt dipping sauce


Pita, Labneh, Israeli Salad 3


Ranked #1 for our coffee on Trip Advisor and in local reviews!

Espresso (double shot) - 3.50 ~ Latte - 3.80 ~ Filter - 5
1+1 Tasting Plate : Espresso & Milk Coffee - 6
Turkish Coffee - 4.5  Middle  Eastern,  Cardamon  spiced,  black  coffee (to  share  +0.5)


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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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