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13 sweet Gold Coast coffee roasteries

Coffee roasting (Image via Unsplash)
Coffee roasting (Image via Unsplash)

Coffee is the elixir of life. Without it, we would be lost, tired and unable to get ourselves into gear for that nine-to-fiver you just love. There is also the social aspect; could you stand being around certain people early in the morning without caffeine? (shudder) It doesn’t bear thinking about.

Did you know there is a horde of clever Gold Coasters who create their very own coffee roasts for us to love and enjoy right here? It’s true, and we must admit they are extremely good at what they do. Take home and brew up the pearls of their labour or sit back and get them to do it for you, here they are (listed north to south) for your jitter juice slurping pleasure.

Merlo Coffee Torrefazione
Escape our subtropical climates for just a moment, and pretend you’ve found your way to Italy at Brickworks in Southport. Italian for coffee house, Merlo’s Torrefazione is a haven of all things coffee and features an in-store air roaster, meaning a constant steady flow of the freshest espresso. Chat all things coffee and let their staff teach you about their blends and make you the perfect grind on the spot depending on what method you use at home.
Where: The Brickworks Centre – Market, 107 Ferry Rd, Southport 

First Fruits Specialty Coffee (image supplied)
First Fruits Specialty Coffee (image supplied)

First Fruits Specialty Coffee
Found in both Labrador and Southport, First Fruits believe coffee is an art form. Beans are ethically sourced and of the highest quality, and the team are very knowledgeable on all aspects of coffee. They roast in medium and city roast styles which bring out the oh-so delicious flavours of the bean and offer a smooth, balanced flavour.
Where: 129-133 Olsen Avenue, Labrador and 1 Griffith Way, Southport

Silipo Coffee
The team at Silipo Coffee use the very best green coffee beans from farms around the world. They’ve been in the coffee business for over 20 years, so they know what’s up when it comes to the perfect brew. Where possible, Silipo Coffee sources organic and fair-trade beans, and the end result is some of the tastiest coffee around. Sip in-store or take some beans home for yourself.
Where: 9/54 Bailey Crescent, Southport

Paradox Coffee Roasters
Speaking of people who know all about coffee, Paradox Coffee Roasters are all about the journey. They purchase quality green coffee beans from estate farms and co-operatives where farmers receive a fair wage for their work. The roasting team has over 15 years of experience, and they are committed to producing the highest quality of coffee there is — just ask the locals!
Where: 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise

Paradox Coffee Roasters exterior (image supplied)
Paradox Coffee Roasters exterior (image supplied)

South Coast Coffee Co.
Formerly known as Pomeroys Coffee Roasters, this Isle of Capri based roastery has a strong ethos: Great coffee isn’t created by accident; it is designed to be great from the start. And the proof is tasted in every cup. Multi-awarded with national titles over the last five years, the team take mountains of care when it comes to crafting blends considering what regions beans come from, the altitudes they grow at and what sort of soil they come from. Don’t just take our word for it; visit their café at Capri on Via Roma Shopping Centre and taste it for yourself.
Where: Capri on Via Roma Shopping Centre Shop 3G10, 15 Via Roma, Surfers Paradise

Koko Coffee Roasters
Passionate about roasting coffee and serving it to the people, Koko Coffee Roasters are all about trying new ideas and honing their skills so they can ensure you get the absolute best brews possible. Offering both espresso and filter coffee, drop in for a chat to learn a little more about coffee or grab some beans and equipment to take home and make your own.
Where: 17 Karen Avenue, Mermaid Beach

Blackboard Coffee Roasters
With almost a decade under their belt, these guys are one of the coast’s best-known producers of fine coffee beans. What they do with them is utter magic. If you don’t believe us, try any number of their products, from innovative biodegradable coffee capsules to high-grade instant specialty coffee — these guys are true thinkers outside the box. And if you haven’t had the chance to delve into their deliciousness, change up your local cafe to one of MANY cafes located across the Coast that offer their beans!
Where: Roastery located in Burleigh

Quest Coffee Roasters (image supplied)
Quest Coffee Roasters (image supplied)

Joy Organic Coffee Roasters
The conception of this Burleigh roastery came about after a life-changing journey for owners Ben and Patty. They were able to see the good being done with responsibly sourced beans through organisations such as Fair Trade. Today, you can buy deftly put-together blends such as their Game Changer, which has a low acid profile and goes perfectly with alternate milks or their Sundays blend that has a fantastic sweet and fruity taste and drinks excellent as a black coffee. Put your trust in these guys hands, and you can’t go wrong.
Where: 18/109 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Waters

Handsome Coffee
You can’t help but smile when you hear stories of people escaping the big cities to come and live their best life here on our coastline. Richie, owner of Handsome Coffee, decided after many years of roasting down in Sydney enough was enough, and a relocation was necessary. Lucky for us! His ethos of keeping it simple and making the best coffee possible is evident in their Staple blend with delicious, balanced notes of chocolate and nuts.
Where: Buy online

Quest Coffee Roasters
Burleigh’s beloved coffee aficionados Quest have been roasting up a storm for many, many years, and their brews’ quality is always exceptional. Their roasts are hand-crafted and organic and create the absolute perfect brew. Beans are as fresh as can be, selectively sourced, and only the best will do. You can pop in for a cuppa at the espresso bar or take some home to work your own magic with them.
Where: 20 James Street, Burleigh Heads

Social Espresso (image supplied)
Social Espresso (image supplied)

Social Espresso
The Burleigh Heads team have nailed it when it comes to smooth, tasty brews and we’re big fans. Not only can you visit them at their venue, but you’ll also find their roasts in cafés across the Coast, and you can take them home to pop in your machine. Their perfectly crafted coffee comes with a side of passion and all of the knowledge, and you can be rest assured you’ll be handed the perfect cuppa every single time.
Where: 1/30 Fremantle Street, Burleigh Heads

Laughing Pug Coffee Company
If their name doesn’t grab your attention, then maybe their innovative coffee drip bags will. Ideal for the next time you go camping — or are experiencing the hangover from hell — you can have speciality grade coffee with just the flick of your kettle switch. No grinding, no mess, and no fuss! They’re also quite the experts on brewing methods and offer friendly advice on how to brew and which of their blends work best with what. And if you are the organised type, sign up for a subscription and have your monthly caffeinated supplies delivered right to your door. — Now you’re talking!
Where: Brewed in Burleigh Heads, available online

Zephyr Coffee Co.
Being convinced to take a trip to Kirra shouldn’t take much persuading with all things considered. And this southern Gold Coast roastery and adjoining café are yet another reward when you do. Uniquely Zephyr’s method utilises air roasting, which differs from conventional drum roasting and results in a more efficient process and a more aromatic and consistent coffee product — couple this with the top-sourced beans in the world, and you have yourself a mean cup of joe. Drop by their café seven days a week for one of the best jaffles on the Coast.
Where: 1 Churchill Street, Coolangatta

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Zephyr Coffee Co (image supplied)
Zephyr Coffee Co (image supplied)

12 Gold Coast spots for coffee with a view

Cafe Catalina, The Broadwater (Image supplied)

There are very few things in the world better than coffee but the experience of consuming the magical liquid can of course be enhanced.

How can it be better I hear you ask? Well, by the location at which you’re consuming it for one thing and drinking more than one cup at a time for another.

In honour of International Coffee Day (October 1st), we’ve collated twelve spots where you can enjoy your cuppa with a view

Quay Street Bar & Cafe
Within the stunning Marine Village at Sanctuary Cove, Quay Street Bar & Cafe is the perfect spot for coffee with a view and a spot of breakfast of course. It’s pet friendly and there’s plenty of high chairs for the babies too.
Where: 48a Quay Street, Sanctuary Cove

Café Catalina
Found on the Broadwater up Southport way, Café Catalina overlooks well, the Broadwater and all the fancy yachts you can never afford. They also have tasty eats and you can take your doggo for a puppychino if that’s his/her thing.
Where: 10/11 Broadwater Parklands, Gold Coast Highway, Southport

Sandbar
Overlooking Surfers Paradise beach and with abundant people watching opportunities, Sandbar is the perfect spot for a coffee or two. In the last year, they’ve had quite the revamp so you can go from breaky to lunch and from coffee to cocktails.
Where: 52 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Nook Espresso, Burleigh (Image supplied)
Nook Espresso, Burleigh (Image supplied)

Lakeview Espresso
A hidden gem in Burleigh Waters, these guys serve up a mean iced latte and the very best of breakfast dishes. Enjoy those delightful things overlooking the lake and usually with a playful pup or two in sight (they’re welcome for breakfast too).
Where: 100 Burleigh Street, Burleigh Waters

Nook Espresso
As Sunday afternoon Burleigh Hill dwellers would say, there’s nothing quite like a beverage overlooking the ocean in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Nook is a takeaway only coffee spot but there are plenty of spots nearby to admire the view and the cuppas are gooooood.
Where: 43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads 

Neptune Kiosk
Overlooking the sparkly goodness that is Talle Creek is Bam Bam Bakehouse’s little sister Neptune. She (pretty sure she’s a she) serves epic freshly baked goodies from Bam Bam (he’s a boy) plus of course the caffeiney goods every single day. Stroll on by and pick one up or take a seat and stare at the serenity (unless it’s the weekend then – chaos).
Where: 1527 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach 

Dune Café
Watch the paddleboarders cruise by on Currumbin Creek at hidden paradise Dune Café. It’s nestled inside the park (which is epic by the way) and close to the dog beach and with delicious breakfasts and all the laidback vibes, it’s the perfect spot for a coffee or three.
Where: 945 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Saltwater at Currumbin
One of the Coast’s best kept secrets is Saltwater at Currumbin, right on the creek and the perfect spot for a relaxing early morning brew. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can hire a paddle board next door afterwards and cruise through the waterways for the perfect Gold Coast morning. Grab some lunch from Saltwater on the way back too, the food is very good.
Where: Shop 1, 2-4 Thrower Drive, Currumbin

The Salt Mill
Home of the most ridiculous acai bowl selection, Salt Mill serves up some of the best coffees around while also being just a hop, skip and a jump from Currumbin Beach. It’s a little space with a whole lot of soul and it’s extremely loved by those who live close by and visitors from further suburbs.
Where: 784 Pacific Parade, Currumbin

Neptune Kiosk, Tallebudgera Creek (Image supplied)

Kirramisu Café and Restaurant
Just across the way from beautiful Kirra beach is cleverly named venue Kirramisu. Tuck into a tasty feast while sipping on some caffeine and watching the waves roll by. Stay awhile and soak up that salt air then pop over the road for a refreshing dip. How good is life.
Where: 2/28 Musgrave Street, Kirra

Greenmount Kiosk
There’s no doubt Greenmount is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and where better to enjoy a cuppa than overlooking it? Greenmount Kiosk is the perfect spot for that with plenty of tables outside in the sunshine and even more pups to pat. They’ve got some delicious eats too.
Where: Corner of Marine Parade & Hill Street, Coolangatta

Café dbar
One of the best spots on the Coast for surf watching is Café dbar. The cute café doubles as a little art, fashion and homewares store and with two levels, provides plenty of prime viewing positions. You could easily spend the whole day here watching the waves and sipping on lattes.
Where: 275 Boundary Street, Coolangatta 

Words by Kirra Smith

Kirramisu Cafe, Kirra (Image supplied)

Burleighs’ beloved coffee roastery takes on new Quest

Owning a business right now is one of the most challenging thing many Gold Coasters have ever experienced. The lightning fast pivoting, the turbulence, the future completely unknown. It’s been a lot to say the least.

One such business who have certainly experienced every single one of those things over the past few months is Quest Coffee Roasters, found on James Street in Burleigh Heads.

The beloved roastery changed hands recently, right at the beginning of the global pandemic to be exact and new owners Alex Mears and Paul Rosenkranz were forced to changes things up in ways they never imagined when taking over on March 2nd.

Having made the move up from Sydney, the pair decided to purchase the business in December 2019, when things were still rosy and the coffee market and tourism statistics were strong. They had researched plenty of potential places to make their new home but settled on the Gold Coast because as we all know, it’s the best one.

A few days into their takeover, news began to spread about the virus outbreak and things needed to change fast. As we all know, change also brings new opportunities to grow and this is what Alex and Paul focused on.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, in-store traffic declined by over 30% and wholesale orders dropped around 70%, however online demand for Quest’s roasted coffee has boomed.

They say online orders have more than doubled with locals wanting to enjoy the quality of barista-style coffee, so they have turned to homebrewing. We Gold Coasters are buying up Quest roasted beans, Falsum Instant Brew and Quest Coffee pods and they’re all so very tasty, so why wouldn’t we?

With 10 years experience in coffee and hospitality, Paul is determined to ensure local coffee lovers don’t need to sacrifice the taste of good quality coffee just because they’re confined at home.

Going forward, the pair are comitted to building an environmentally and socially sustainable business and to build a more caring and empathetic society that makes people excited about their future and that of their children.

Accompanied by exceptional coffee of course.

Can’t wait to see what Quest Coffee Roasters looks like on the other side, keep up the good work team.

Grab some goodies to sample for yourself here.

12 places for coffee in Burleigh

Cold Brew, BunLee Bun & Brew (image supplied)
Cold Brew, BunLee Bun & Brew (image supplied)

Imagine a life without caffeine. Horrible, right? How would one get through the day? Unthinkable. Let’s all take a moment to be grateful for caffeine.

Luckily, we locals need never think about a lack of caffeine ever in our lives because the Gold Coast has abundant options for exceptional brews.

One such neighbourhood forever capturing the imagination of coffee drinkers and lunch-goers is Burleigh. Be it a quick coffee catch-up or a grazing-style brunch with special people: you’re covered. Here’s a list of the twelve best spots to get your caffeine fix when you find yourself in one of the city’s favourite suburbs.

Bunlee Bun & Brew
Between munching down some epic rice paper rolls or a stacked-looking banh mi, we suggest you take a try of their cold drip coffee on tap here at BunLee. If you’ve ever had iced Vietnamese coffee — or cà phê đá, as it’s known — you’ll know how tasty it can be. It’s up to you what milk to splash into it, or if you prefer, just take it black: perfect for when you need to put that pep into your step.
Where: 2/26 James Street, Burleigh Heads

Dover's Drop (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Dover's Drop (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Dover’s Drop
Take an award-winning local barista, throw in some fantastic coffee from carbon-neutral roasters Locale Espresso, and place it conveniently just off Reedy Creek Road and you’re looking at the exact blueprint of Dover’s Drop, a prime industrial district coffee location in Burleigh. The perfect place to pull a pit stop when you’re going about your day, but be careful: their loungey outdoor space with beanbags may keep you longer than planned, not to mention their Sourdough Crumpets!
Where: 9 Dover Drive, Burleigh Heads

Magnolia Lane
A newbie to the bustling beachside locale of Burleigh, Magnolia Lane is sandwiched between the beach and the GC Highway, meaning whether you’re zipping about town or lounging beachside, these guys have you well and truly covered for your caffeine needs. The unwavering attention taken to dialling in their machine and weighing each and every shot of coffee shows right through from your first to last sip.
Where: 6/1863 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Crew
Aptly positioned in the heart of Burleigh Heads, this is the early morning post-workout/dip in the ocean hangout spot of the ages. Crew showcases Sunshine Coast Tim Adams specialty coffee with exceptional barista skills and a cheat meal-inducing menu you cannot say no to. Hinge all of this on one hell of a people-watching location, and you have a mighty fine place to slurp your morning cup of motivation.
Where: 3 Connor Street, Burleigh Heads

All Press Coffee, Sparrow Coffee Co. (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
All Press Coffee, Sparrow Coffee Co. (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Sparrow Coffee Co.
Laidback and easy-going Sparrow offers you a prime opportunity to get yourself a quality coffee on the go with little fuss. With another three locations across the country and their roastery of choice being Allpress, you’re guaranteed a quality cuppa every time. It’s also the perfect spot to fuel up before a workout if you go to nearby Elevation Fitness or Jetts!
Where: 2/151 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads

Tarte
Where do you even begin with a place that literally falls over itself with excellent house-made food, great-tasting coffee, and a great location to watch life go by. Chloe Watt‘s creation Tarte is one of the finest cafes on our coastline: period. Give yourself some slack and indulge in any one of their off-the-charts pastries/baked goods with a perfectly poured cup of coffee as dappled light from overhead trees sprays across the pavement of Burleigh Heads — our idea of bliss.
Where: 2 West Street, Burleigh Heads

Next Door Espresso
Touted as not your average coffee shop, this aesthetically pleasing venue is awash with white and is nearly always an afternoon suntrap that, to us, screams brunch with close friends. Northern Rivers’ Moonshine Roastery are the foundation of an always great-tasting coffee served in the cutest looking handmade clay cups. Be sure to bring your credit card, as adjacent homewares store St Barts is always worth a look in also!
Where: 24 Junction Road, Burleigh Heads

Next Door Espresso Burleigh (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Next Door Espresso Burleigh (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Commune Espresso
A kickstarter in the Burleigh coffee scene, Commune Espresso has been around for as long as we can remember, and in this chasm of lost time, they’ve been serving up some of the tastiest brews around. The space itself is epic, complete with lots of outdoor relaxing areas and a ping pong table to use up that caffeine-induced energy. They also make their own almond milk; that’s how dedicated they are to delicious coffee.
Where: 1844 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Canteen Coffee & Kitchen
A firm favourite in the coffee game, Canteen has been lauded as one of Australia’s premier espresso bars. They brew their own blends, sourcing in-season beans and roasting fresh daily on demand. They offer a Signature Espresso Blend with notes of chocolate, berries, toffee and spice and Single Origins, which change weekly. They certainly know their stuff, highly recommended.
Where: 23 Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads

Nook Espresso
So good they’ve got two locations in Burleigh; Nook offers little spaces with a big passion for coffee. They’ve been slinging tasty brews since 2008, and for this, the local community loves them! Nook offers a smooth cuppa that’s consistently delicious, and the crew are stoked and always smiling to be involved in your morning coffee routine. Plus, if you head to their beachside location, you can sip away whilst overlooking world-famous surf.
Where: Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads and Stocklands Burleigh Heads

Nook Espresso, Burleigh (Image supplied)
Nook Espresso, Burleigh (Image supplied)

Quest Coffee Roasters
The smell wafting out of Quest alone should draw you in and, once you’re in, you may never want to leave. The space is half micro-roastery, half sitting-down-to-enjoy-your-coffee space, and it’s an absolute must-visit if you’re a lover of excellent brews. They roast premium Arabica beans on James Street, and if you’re in the market, you can purchase their green and roasted beans or a blend. Make sure you have a chat with the team; they love to discuss all things coffee.
Where: 20 James Street, Burleigh Heads

Seadog
The original Seadog emerged on the local coffee scene with a bang and is an actual hole in the wall, which was once an ATM. Stop by and let affable owner Brodie Green and his gang serve you up their very own roasts; one going by the name Sunrise Blend – with tasting notes of Milo! When they’re not actively supporting charities with free coffee giveaways, you’ll find them at their second venue beside Burleigh Bowls Club, eternally bathed in sunshine and salt air. Two great locations for coffee in Burleigh!
Where: 50 James St, Burleigh Heads or Burleigh Bowls Club — entrance via Memorial Park

Words by Alex Mitchenson.

Seadog in the Park (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Seadog in the Park (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
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