We’re not going to deny that coffee is awesome. In fact, most of the time it’s high on our requirements list for a cafe to get the A-OK.
Alas, at times, we’ve been known to dabble in a caffeine-free existence! Suddenly (or not so suddenly, depending on the withdrawals) coffee ain’t important any more. Instead, we find ourselves scouting for other enticing warm beverages and luckily on the Sunshine Coast, there’s no shortage.
Here’s a round-up of the best cafes for our non-coffee drinking compadres.
CK COFFEE BAR AND WHOLEFOODS
Rated as one of the best cafes in Mooloolaba, CK Coffee Bar and Wholefoods have all the goods when it comes to tasty hot bevvies. From hot chocolates made with pure cacao to an assortment of coffee-free lattes—think: turmeric, dandy, or green tea matcha lattes.
Where: 17 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba
THE SILVA SPOON
Attention tea drinkers: we may have found your heaven on Earth. The Silva Spoon tea selection is second to none, literally. Boasting over 10 Ayurvedic tea infusions, nine different types of delicious chai (yep, NINE!), Chinese teas, fruit teas, green teas, herbal teas, Indian teas, Oolong teas, and about eight rooibos blends. Oh, and did I mention the real African drinking chocolate? Sah good!
Where: 1/27 Cotton Tree Parade, Maroochydore
COMPOUND SURF & ESPRESSO
They may be known for their coffee, but there are many folk who head to Compound for their daily chai fix. It’s brewed, adorned with edible flowers, and tastes awesome. And, for when you want something a bit different, go for the pink latte! Strawberry, hibiscus, rosehip, and beetroot all brewed into a tea mixer and steamed with your choice of milk.
Where: 15 Heathfield Road, Coolum Beach
Home to all kinds of naughty treats, Decisions Cafe recently launched… wait for it… Nutella hot chocolate. These guys spent months fine-tuning this bad boy, so now you can pair your thick Nutella-filled doughnut with an equally indulgent drink. Oh damn.
Where: 4/10 Capital Place, Birtinya
Tome may be known for their cakes, but don’t let that fool you. “The Lamington” is their coconut hot chocolate, and it’s as amazing as it sounds. They also serve a mean coconut chai latte and stock a careful curation of herbal teas such as Minted Liquorice, Vanilla Rooibos, and Rose Petal Green Tea.
Where: 1 Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Sunspace Cafe is actually the perfect setting for a good ol’ pot of tea. It helps that they have an impressive selection too. What’s got our attention though is the pink latte. Packed with superfoods, this colourful brew is made with beetroot, macca, lacuma, and ginger.
Where: 6 Beddington Road, Doonan
LITTLE MAY ESPRESSO
This little hinterland gem is going to pose quite the predicament for non-coffee drinkers. Should you dive into the Suzie June Drinking Chocolate created with house-made dark couverture chocolate? Maybe the chai latte made from Little May Espresso’s own syrup? Or perhaps a pot of organic Rose Moscato or Jade Mist tea?
Where: 174 Main Street, Montville
Lattes abound at Greenhouse Cafe. Dandelion lattes, chai lattes, matcha green tea lattes. Coconut milk lattes, soy milk lattes, almond milk lattes, lactose-free milk lattes, and even plain old regular cow’s milk lattes. Pick your latte, pick your milk, and dive into a raw vegan carrot cake for good measure.
Where: 5/8 Ormuz Avenue, Caloundra
Don’t be tricked by the name, Skal Coffee also do a damn good chai. Their masala blend (from the all-natural Prana Chai range) is brewed in a teapot—as good tea should be!—and then filled and infused with your choice of milk. Mmmmm….
Where: Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach
It might sound incredibly simple, but so few places in Australia offer a good old fashioned digestive tea. That’s why Monicas Cafe gets a double thumbs up for their Canarino Digestivo; lemon, lemon rind, and fresh mint steeped in hot water. It will make you feel uber good, especially after downing a plate of their epic savoury breakfast mince.
Where: 11/43 Maple Street, Maleny
LIVE FOODS CAFE
Four words: Ginger Zing Chai Latte. Three more words: On rice milk. It’s spicy, it’s cinnamony, it’s vegan, it’s good, and it’s at Live Foods Cafe.
Where: 926 Maleny Montville Road, Maleny
ELEMENTS AT MONTVILLE
Passionate about their tea, Elements at Montville have over 50 specialty teas on offer, so it’s pretty much guaranteed that you will find your perfect blend here. The fact that it’s served in a quaint little tea cup just adds to the experience.
Where: 38 Kondalilla Road, Montville
THE VELO PROJECT
The Velo Project have very carefully selected their herbal teas; a peppermint and ginseng blend for the spirit, a lemon balm, lavender and rose infusion for the soul, and an Echinacea, elderberry, nettle and ginseng combo for your immunity. They were also making matcha lattes waaay before they were cool.
Where: 19 Careela Street, Mooloolaba
URBAN GARDEN NAMBOUR
It’s all about the Chamelia 9 Spice Chai at Urban Garden Nambour. Choose either a normal tea with milk on the side or go the infused spiced chai option, which is spun on their machine with your choice of milk and then strained into a delightful little teapot. Either way, it’s a winner.
Where: 8 Bury Street, Nambour
Image credit: Ariana Gillrie for The Urban List