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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
If there is one thing we know, it is that coffee is a magical, life-saving elixir and without it, who knows where we’d all be while navigating this new world we now live in. On that note, we are very happy to bring you the news that a brand new coffee house opened recently in Palm Beach and it’s one you’re going to want to pop into at the soonest available opportunity.
It’s called Watson Bloom and it can be found within the Sable Palm Beach building on the Gold Coast Highway. Owned by two locals who know a thing or two about specialty brews, the newbie is intimate and inviting and quite a delight honestly.
Inside you’ll find a bench that runs the length of the space upon which the magic happens, greenery drips from every corner and on one wall is an array of take home goodies like Raw treats, Prana Chai and Naked bars. It’s all whites and greys and the epitome of cool, but not too cool (their slogan, quite appropriately).
Coffee-wise Alex Begley and Stephen Harris use a variety of blends depending on your preference and whether you’re into milk coffee, cold brew or a filter brew, they’ve got you covered.
You can also opt for a sticky Prana Chai tea, Craave Chai latte, Hot Chocolate or a fresh, delicious smoothie and you won’t be paying extra for alternative milks. Of which there is any kind you need – Coco Quench, Almond, Oat, Soy, Nut Mylk and the dairy version is organic and really very delicious.
To eat, there’s an array of plant-based treats including raw goodies and banana bread made in-house plus pastries consisting of the yummiest fillings including broccoli and sweet potato and pear and custard. YUM. All of those can be taken away but when the time comes, there will be seating inside and in the little patio area at the front.
Almost forgot the most important thing, there are DOUGHNUTS too.
The idea behind Watson Bloom is to keep it simple and focus on the community and we are absolutely all about that.
Pop in to show them some love next time you’re in need of an exceptional brew and fill up your cup in more ways than one.
LOCATION: Sable Palm Beach, 2/1073 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
HOURS: 5.30am until 1.30pm daily
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.