With an influx of visitors heading to the Gold Coa

first_imgWith an influx of visitors heading to the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games, running 4-18 April, here’s our Monitor Memo of five of the best places to grab a caffeine hit.Image credit: Blendlove cafe.Blendlove Shop 1 / 253 Ferry RoadSouthportStarted in 2013 by two friends Riki-Lee and Sharlene (originally as a stand at the Gold Coast markets), this café is devoted to using the highest quality ingredients to create whole and nutritious foods that are vegan, gluten free, dairy free and refined-sugar free (but they do use many nuts in their menu).“So, how pure are our meals really? Instead of powdered drinking chocolate, you’ll get raw cacao dusted over your cappuccino in the morning,” says Blendlove.  Coffee is made using seasonal blends from local Burleigh Heads roaster, Blackboard Coffee Roasters. Any food not sold after the café closes is donated to Oz Harvest – a charity that feeds the underprivileged community of the Gold Coast.Image credit: Hand CoffeeHand Coffee    17/19 Victoria AvenueBroadbeachOpen for less than a year, this hole-in-the-wall café run by owners Luke Dempsey-Ceh and Mitch Kavic has locals returning on a regular basis for the beans they use from Melbourne brewers, Industry Beans — the only Queensland café currently serving this roast. The coffee is described as full-flavoured and robust without bitterness and is served in takeaway cups with the slogan ‘Have a Nice Day’ —  the café name being an acronym of this phrase. Image credit: Little MermaidLittle Mermaid Corner of Sunbrite Avenue and the Gold Coast HighwayMermaid BeachFormerly the venue K-Bar, the Little Mermaid café emerged at Mermaid Beach in early 2016 totally transformed — with eclectic and bright furnishings and a relaxed coastal vibe to make the most of its location just 300 metres from the water. Centrally located and only a stroll from the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Little Mermaid features swing chairs, beaded chandeliers, wicker seating and hanging plants (in other words, an Instagrammer’s paradise). But more than just a pretty face, this Little Mermaid serves quality coffee from 6:30am when baristas make hand crafted coffee from beans freshly roasted from the team at Coolangatta-based Zypher Coffee Co. Image credit: Lakeview EspressoLakeview Espresso100 Burleigh StreetBurleigh WatersRecently voted Best Coffee on the Gold Coast by readers in the Gold Coast Bulletin, Lakeview owner Dylan Rackley has developed a reputation as quite the eccentric coffee experimentalist.  He uses a blend of his own coffee with a blend from specialty small batch coffee roaster Double or Nothing Coffee Alchymists — a process which took him considerable time “Direct Trade from farmer to roaster and in turn to your cup.  We focus on delivering fullness of body, aroma and above all vibrant flavour,” states the team. Image credit: Simple Coffee HouseSimple Coffee HouseCorner of Scarborough and Nerang streetsSouthportSimple Coffee House is run by husband and wife, Simon and Jess Shanhan. The not-so-simple Simon is a former sommelier having worked in fine dining restaurants. “Identifying a gap in the market, we decided to open a café that brought a mix of high quality coffee and fresh food to the Southport area, as well as a friendly and genuine customer experience. Our menus are seasonal and we pride ourselves on using many local suppliers, as well as using free range and organic ingredients wherever possible,” says the pair. Since opening in 2014, Toby’s Estate coffee has been used because, as Simon says, their coffee is balanced with no one element of the coffee overpowering another. CoffeeCommonwealth Games 2018Food and drinkGold CoastQueenslandlast_img read more

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