If you happen to find yourself in Surfers Paradise and the need for a good coffee and a stellar breaky is paramount, then guess what, you’re in luck.
Because let’s be honest, it’s not too often we find ourselves at the shinier end of town during daylight hours, but with a café like Cuppa on 41 popping up you may just have to rethink that one completely.
Being a student-operated café, Cuppa on 41 is a unique and exciting concept we haven’t seen too much of on the Coast. The premise is simple: supported by the Queensland Government the venue aims to help disadvantaged youth by teaching them to cook delicious food, make great coffee and serve it all with beaming smiles.
And these guys nail all three of those aspects hands down.
When you come across the venue you really have to look twice. The signage, the trees and the fact the café is below street level give the impression you’ve just stepped into a cool cellar café in Amsterdam or Paris.
Everything is shouting European café (it helps being underneath ‘longest continuous standing restaurant on the Coast’, Bavarian Haus Restaurant), but don’t worry, you’re still in Queensland!
Once inside the euro vibes continue with some cool German-inspired graffiti art depicting the fall of the Berlin wall. Who doesn’t love a good mural?
With a perfectly poured coffee at your side, the food options are going to bowl you over. The Bauernomelett is the omelette of your dreams with bacon, onion, AND roasted potatoes. If that isn’t enough, then the Pork Belly Burger with parmesan and pickled cabbage should do the trick. Be sure to order a side of fries too, because, well fries.
Oh, did we mention these guys make scrumptious milkshakes and bake a wide selection of yummy cakes, muffins, and biscuits fresh every day?
After the year that was 2020, Cuppa on 41 is the feel-good initiative we all could do with in our lives. The students who work here come from a variety of underprivileged backgrounds and have access to gain hospitality qualifications. Sometimes it’s a much-needed break they’ve been waiting for.
On top of that, the leftover food from the venue then goes on to be distributed through Kidz Foodz — a disadvantaged Queenslanders training provider — at homeless shelters and those in need.
Community-driven coffee and eats meets Euro café vibes, whilst giving back to the community: Cuppa on 41 is a café with a difference.
LOCATION: 41 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
HOURS: Monday – Friday 8am to 2.30pm
Words and photos by Alex Mitcheson