If your coffee-drinking days look a bit like a hamster on a wheel—same thing, day in and day out—then you need to listen up!
We get it. There’s a bunch of pros of going to your local, and when it comes to trying out somewhere new-to-you it can be a very frightening, confronting experience. Do they use the beans I like? What kind of soy do they have? Does that fresh-faced tattoo-free barista really know what they’re doing? This shit is scary! The uncertainty is enough to bring on the jitters before you’ve even had that first double shot flat white.
So, to help you get out there and silence some of those “what ifs”, we’ve created a little handy list of tried-and-tested two-thumbs-up The Urban List faves that we really think you should know about.
We’re not claiming these coffee shops are new, but if you still haven’t slurped on a cup of their joe, then it’s time to step up. We salute you, brave ones!
The Island Surf & Espresso
This will hardly be news to the folk of Mudjimba, but for those of you who haven’t visited possibly the cruisiest beach town on the Coast, you are/have been/and will continue to miss out on the epicness that is The Island Surf & Espresso, unless you jump in the car and get over to this cafe stat. You’ve been told.
Anyone who sips coffee (and knocks back an amazing breakfast) at Homegrown, will blowout a plugger in a rush to tell you how awesome it is. Not only are they serving up some of the best breakfasts on the Sunshine Coast, but their house-roasted coffee (Tin Shed Coffee) is always on point. Grab a hot or cold brew depending on your mood and find some shade in the laneway or garden, or cosy up inside. There’s really no wrong way to do Homegrown.
Yandina’s worst-kept secret, Lawn Espresso is the ultimate pit stop on your Saturday morning jaunt to the farmers’ market. Sitting on the corner of Main Street and Farrell Street, it’s super central and comes with some of the friendliest staff we’ve ever come across.
Milk and Beans
You could drive past this place a thousand times before you actually pull over and drop in. We know, because we did. But now that we’ve woken from that semi-cray slumber, we feel responsible to let you know about Milk and Beans. Along with their strong coffee, which they are obvs pros at because, milk AND beans, these guys are the keepers of killer sweets. What’s worth a try? Other than everything in the damn cabinet, we’d side with the passionfruit cheesecake. Delish!
We’ll be the first to admit the location of this container café (it’s literally a café in a container), tripped us out a little. We normally skip from town to town and forget about the new developments popping up across the Coast, but Izba has definitely put Birtinya on the coffee shop map. Other than serving possibly the craziest mashup we’ve seen on the Coast—bacon and egg slider-topped double bloody mary (whoa, just saying it is a mouthful)—Izba dishes up a mean breakfast and pours a super smooth Fonzie Abbott coffee. With a biggish playground just beyond the tables, this is the perfect spot to wile away and keep the kidlets entertained.
Already know these coffee shops like the back of your hand? Then check out our list of Sunshine Coast cafes worth jumping in the car for. What about checking out who does the best coffee on the Sunshine Coast here. We'e also rounded up the best hikes on the Sunshine Coast here.