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Refinery Coffee undergoes sleek, industrial-style revamp

The Currumbin favourite expands.

It’s the new year and you know what that means Gold Coasters, new goals, new you (apparently), new clothes (because, new you), new whatever you like because we all love new things. Especially pretty ones.

Speaking of pretty new things, we come bearing breakfast news. And lunch news for that matter.

Refinery Currumbin on Currumbin Creek Rd, out in the much-loved industrial area where a number of excellent cafes, homeware stores, breweries and bakeries reside, has had quite the makeover in the last few months and it might just be your new fave brunch spot.

If you’ve visited the previous space, you’d know it was a small space slinging good coffee and a few bites to eat.

Now it’s a big, open, industrial-style space with high ceilings, a mezzanine level overlooking the ground floor and an outdoor area complete with umbrellas and sunshiny street views. The coffee bar is a light shade of blush pink, set off by white walls and a string of lights overhead and of course, a few pops of greenery for good measure.

It’s a sleek, industrial-style look with a warm, friendly vibe perfectly at home in the back streets of Currumbin.

Of course, with a big new space comes a big, new kitchen and you know what that means; a big new menu too.

It’s packed with nourishing, colourful dishes that are actual taste sensations like Buckwheat Waffles with a chai baked apple (amazing), mascarpone, honeycomb and seasonal fruits with lemon balm and spiced apple syrup. Yes indeed.

There’s also a Green Bowl with quinoa, brown rice, hummus, avocado, sauerkraut, goat’s cheese, dukkha, citrus and red vein sorrel. It may just be the best tasting one we’ve ever sampled.

For lunch the Classic Cheeseburger is the goods with a housemade beef patty, classic dill pickles, Colby jack cheese, tomato and mustard. Also excellent.

To drink there are cold-pressed juices, milkshakes, smoothies, and of course coffee – of the Blackboard variety no less.

You see, new things are so good and you’ll find plenty of them down at Refinery Coffee. Do yourself a favour.

LOCATION: 1/37 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin
HOURS: Monday to Friday 5.30am until 2.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 6am until 2pm

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

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There are very few things in life better than sinking your teeth into a soft, sweet donut while sipping on a piping hot cappuccino and gazing out over the sparkly sea. Throw in a short little roadtrip and you’re living your very best life.

It’s a time that’s quite available to us here on the Gold Coast and now more than ever with the recent opening of Fuel Bakehouse 2.0 in the pretty little coastal village that is Cabarita.

Fuel has been around for a little while now, owner Ben Edwards took over the space that was once Currumbin Creek Bakery and brought a whole new way of baking to what is now a thriving foodie precinct in Currumbin. He refitted the entire space and transformed the humble pie into a work of art, quickly amassing a slew of loyal followers.

The pies, made with seven hour slow cooked beef and baked fresh throughout the day are some of the best around and the donuts, all soft and melt-in-your-mouth are renowned across the Coast and featured in the cabinets of many a local café.

Of course, when ones’ baked goods are adored as Fuel Bakehouses’ are, it makes sense to open a new location and that is exactly what they did. They being Ben and his new partner in baked goods Jac (who began as a Store Manager in Currumbin), the dream team you might say.

Back to the topic at hand though. Fuel Bakehouse 2.0 can be found in the Woolies precinct on Tweed Coast Road and just a short stroll to the beach.

Inside you’ll find said fresh baked pies of the seven hour slow-cooked beef variety in flavours like Aussie Bush Pepper (YUM), Chorizo Cheese, Chunky Cheese and Chilli Cheese and Bacon and they are both delicious in ways we can’t even explain and quite the sizeable bite.

There are also the freshest of croissants (regular and chocolate), salted caramel cruffins and semi-sourdough donuts in passionfruit curd, Nutella and salted caramel flavours, the softest, fluffiest cinnamon scrolls you’ve ever sampled, blueberry and pear danishes, you name it, it’s there and it’s AMAZING.

Not only those life-changing sweet treats though you can also indulge in the freshest of salads PLUS delicious takeaway dishes like Bacon and Egg Rolls, Burritos, Smashed Avo on sourdough, CHEESEBURGERS, Steak Sandwiches, all of the things.

Not to mention the perfect accompaniment to every single one of those eats, a smooth delicious coffee blend by the team at Social Espresso.

Grab one of each of those and hot foot it to the ocean and you’re living your very best life, see.

Caba here we come (a lot).

LOCATION: 39-45 Tweed Coast Rd, Cabarita

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

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