So, here’s my opinion on where you can get a good coffee locally (not in any particular order!). Note that I live on the Southern end of the Coast, so that’s where my favourites are centred. Any suggestions / additions to this list welcome! Also I’ll add to it whenever I find another place. I’m glad to see how long this list is now, because I think about 2 years ago I would’ve had 3 places on it…
Short postscript, I personally don’t like Merlo coffee so no Merlo cafes are on this list despite some cafes doing a great job with their coffee.
Commune, Burleigh Heads
A Burleigh Heads favourite using Campos beans, consistently great extraction. Lovely owners and team with a fab vintage aesthetic with a community / environmental bent. Brekky menu has gone fresh lately due to their new kitchen – yum! Corn fritters with chunks of avocado and coriander, mixed mushrooms and feta on toast, poached eggs and avocado, and a good home made bircher option. Lunch is also gourmet sandwiches with fresh yummy salads.
Blackboard Specialty Coffee, Varsity Lakes
A relative newcomer to my list of favourites, these guys take their coffee very seriously. Located in Varsity Lakes, they offer a choice of bean blends including single origin. Meal options are generally gourmet sandwiches, salad, and brekky tarts. Recently had yummy smashed avocado and feta on sourdough for brekky whilst overlooking the lake. Nice!
Both of these cafes are owned by Dean, a friendly down to earth barista. Barefoot’s in Palm Beach, and Borough is next to the Burleigh Heads Hotel opposite the beach. Both cafes have a great home made approach to food, their muffins are amazing! Coffee is always good, these guys use their own blends called Hoochiemama and Madman.
The Silo Cafe, Carrara
Yes, this is a shameless plug because it’s my blog and I can, dammit! This is our cafe, located at Carrara Markets off Market Street. We focus on simple food cooked fresh (at great prices, where else can you get Eggs Benny with home made hollandaise for about $9.80?). We use locally roasted O Organics beans, and it’s our own custom blend that Simon prepared. We guarantee our coffee – if you don’t like it, we’ll fix it!
Vintage Espresso, Mermaid Beach
Vintage makes yummy brekkies and has some delicious home baked goods on offer. I know the cafe recently changed hands but I hear their dedication to good coffee is as firm as ever.
Elk Espresso, Broadbeach
Sime visited Elk a while back, and said he had an awesome take away coffee – great extraction with a nice chocolatey flavour. Believe me, he doesn’t say “awesome” about coffee often… Last time I visited Elk for brekky however, it wasn’t very good… it was a while ago and I haven’t been back as yet. Click here for the full post.
Canteen Coffee, Burleigh
Tucked away in the arcade between James Street and Park Avenue (the Big B Arcade?) but at the Park Avenue end, is this new entrant to Relish’s list. The baristas are old faces from Barefoot and Blackboard, and it’s clear they’re very serious about their coffee. It’s nice to have a touch of Melbourne cafe ambience in a local Burleigh laneway. They’ve also recently opened an outlet that serves food two doors up which is great – check out my recent visit here.
Black Coffee Lyrics, Surfers Paradise
Great coffee, relaxed retro vibe and good service. Finally, somewhere decent in Surfers!
Previous owners of IRA have opened in a larger space incorporating Hinge gallery. These guys make awesome coffee so stop in and check it out.
See my post here after a recent visit.
Another new addition that I love – check out my post.