Three sons walked into a Coolangatta café

What would we do without coffee Gold Coasters? It’s a fate worse than death if you ask us but luckily we are not short of an exceptional coffee slinging spot around here.

The latest addition to the bean scene (you’re welcome) can be found down Coolangatta way and it’s by a few local folks you’ve probably come across before.

Three Sons Coffee Cartel is the work of Carmen and Tory Hirst who have owned a coffee cart of the same name for quite some time. The portable home of life-giving elixir frequented farmers markets across the Coast and soothed many a caffeine-starved soul out and about on early morning shopping adventures. Still does in fact and it’s a beautiful fully restored 1968 Millard coffee caravan so it’s worth going to visit just to check it out (and drink coffee, obvs).

Now souls may be soothed by the same in-house roasted beans by the same lovely couple just opposite the beach in Coolangatta, complete with balmy ocean breezes and unobstructed views of the big blue.

It’s an intimate little space on Marine Pde, where Black Sheep Espresso Baa once lived and it’s perfectly at home in the seaside suburb. Carmen’s Dad Christopher Hogan painted a stunning mural (complete with sugar skulls – love) down the length of one wall and a few little potted plants high up on a shelf along the other.

The coffee is of the smooth, taste sensation variety and is best enjoyed with a side of eats made with local produce, sourced from the farmers Carmen and Tory have met throughout their many years at the markets.

The menu is filled with tasty brunch-style treats including old favourites like bacon and egg rolls but made with Burleigh Baker organic, probiotic buns for extra amazingness.

There’s a Seared Tofu Banh Mi, which includes lemongrass-infused tofu and is entirely vegan not to mention Tijuanan Breakfast Tacos and a little Mexi-inspired baked egg dish called Huevos di casa which also includes chorizo and beans.

The goods.

Of course, there are plenty of baked treats for dessert or take home options (or breakfast if you like, we won’t judge) and everything in infused with a flavour of local love. Know what we mean?

So if you’re in the market for a laidback, yummy brunch with views of the beach in one of the very best places in the world, you know what to do.

LOCATION: The Strand, Marine Pde, Coolangatta
HOURS: 6am until 2pm daily

Words and photos by Kirra Smith


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