The best hidden coffee spots on the Sunshine Coast

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A mediocre cup of coffee just doesn’t cut it anymore and Sunshine Coast baristas know they have some heavy competition when it comes to keeping their customers happy.

Some of the best coffee spots on the Sunshine Coast lie hidden in the most unlikely of places, so you need to know where to go if you’re serious about your caffeine hit.

If you’re after a quality brew, friendly atmosphere and tasty treats, drop in and say hi to these local grind gurus and get some travel tips for your visit to the coast while you’re at it.

Compound Surf Espresso, Coolum

Baristas: Abe Andrews and Aaron Bradley
Shop 23b/15 Heathfield Rd, Coolum Beach

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The best hidden coffee spots on the Sunshine Coast  |

Compound Surf Espresso is a non-for-profit organisation whose profits go to Christian Surfers Australia. Run by local surfers Abe Andrews and Aaron Bradley, Compound is a cafe and surf shop selling quality second hand surf gear for bargain prices. It’s definitely a hangout for local surfers, so if you’re looking for a wave, take a seat at the ‘espresso bar’ and you’ll likely get all the tips on where the best surf is.

Coffee beans: Kai Coffee, a Sunshine Coast specialty coffee supplier who will donate $1 to charity for every kilogram of coffee Compound Surf Espresso purchases.
Food/other drinks: Cold press juice, gourmet wraps, Bircher muesli bowls plus a self-serve toast bar.

Aaron’s tip on what to do with a day on the Sunshine Coast? “Definitely climb Mount Coolum so you can get a look at the whole coastline. Check out a few cafes and then go for a swim at Sunshine Beach in one of the bays.”

Open: Monday to Saturday 5:30am – 5pm (espresso bar closes at 1pm).

Good Bean, Mooloolaba

Barista: Jordan Barden
2/1 River Esplanade, Mooloolaba

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The best hidden coffee spots on the Sunshine Coast  |

Situated directly across from beautiful Mooloolaba beach, a Good Bean coffee is a morning ritual for locals after a swim in the ocean or walk along the Mooloolaba boardwalk. Sit inside and grab some banana bread at the self-serve brekkie bar or head across the road and enjoy your coffee at the beach.

If you’re not in Mooloolaba and craving a Good Bean coffee, they now have locations in Kawana Shopping Centre and the Big Top in Maroochydore.

Coffee beans: Veneziano’s Forza Blend but with rotating single origin.
Food/other drinks: Ice chocolates, cold-pressed ice lattes, cold drip blacks, cakes, banana bread and raisin toast.

Open: Monday to Friday 5:30am – 4pm, Saturday 5:30am – 5pm, Sunday 6am – 4pm.

The Pallet Espresso Bar, Mooloolaba

Barista: Johnie Stark
Shop 2 161 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba

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The best hidden coffee spots on the Sunshine Coast  |

If you’re loving furniture made from recycled wooden pallets right now, then you need to check out The Pallet Espresso Bar. Furniture wiz and barista Johnny has built all of the cafe furniture himself out of pallets and doesn’t mind chatting about his DIY hobby while making your coffee. Johnny and his wife Missy have been working in the coffee industry for almost 20 years and say they created their quirky little espresso bar for locals to be able to pop in for a quick takeaway or relax away from the hustle of Mooloolaba esplanade.

Coffee beans: Red Blend from Mambo Coffee Company.
Food: A mix of delicious gluten/dairy/refined sugar-free cakes and sweet treats from local supplier Wholefood Provisions.

Open: Monday to Friday 6:30am – 3pm, Saturday 6:30am – 1pm.

Home Grown Cafe, Palmwoods

Barista: Sarah Wright
4/6 Main street, Palmwoods

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The best hidden coffee spots on the Sunshine Coast  |

Tucked away in the quaint little town of Palmwoods, Home Grown Cafe owners Sarah and Gary Wright not only roast their own award-winning coffee but also only buy all of their produce from local farmers. Their sustainable approach to food is reflected in their menu where you’ll find dishes made up of what is currently in season and available in the local area. They try and get everything from as close as possible and know all of the producers who supply their food. For example, if a local supplier has an abundance of basil in their garden, they’ll take advantage of it having it by making minestrone soup. When we were there for breakfast, the figs on our french toast were from a small farm in neighbouring Woombye.

Coffee beans: The Tin Shed Coffee.
Food/other drinks: Full breakfast and lunch menu using local seasonal produce and organic where possible.

Sarah’s tip on what to do with a day on the Sunshine Coast? “A tourist visiting the Sunshine Coast has a chance to take advantage of making the most of both the coast and the hinterland in the short space of a day. It’s quite possible to have an early morning walk or surf on the beach and a breakfast or coffee on the way up to the hinterland in somewhere like Palmwoods.”

Open: Tuesday to Friday 6:30am – 4pm, Saturday 6:30am – 2pm.

Husk and Honey, Nambour

Barista: Johnny Collins
16/18 Queen Street, Nambour

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The best hidden coffee spots on the Sunshine Coast  |

This hidden gem in Nambour not only prides itself on a guaranteed delicious coffee, they specialise in gluten and grain free food. Husk and Honey make everything on site as lots of their customers can’t eat out for risk of getting sick and even going into anaphylactic shock from the cross contamination of gluten or grain. Johnny says by making everything on site their cafe is a safe haven for celiacs and people with allergies.

Coffee beans: Tim Adams coffee.
Food: Entirely gluten-free and grain-free cafe, offering all-day breakfast menu, lunch menu, cakes and other treats all baked on site daily.

Johnny’s tip on what to do with a day on the Sunshine Coast? “The best way to enjoy a day on the coast in my opinion would be to head to one of the beaches in the morning and then up in to the hinterland to check out one of the many rainforest walks (stopping enroute at Husk and Honey for coffee).”

Open: Monday to Friday 7am – 3pm, Saturday 8am – 1pm.

So tell us friends, what’s your favourite digs on the coast when you need a coffee fix?

  • skim

    A good reminder for me to go to Izba when next visiting Caloundra. I tend to get stuck (happily) at Pocket Espresso in Moffat Beach

  • Awesome, thanks for the tip off Michael! Maybe you’ll make it to the Sunshine Coast on your next visit?

  • nadia

    Sandbar Associates in Noosaville. Best coffee I’ve had in a LONG time and very cool baristas and vibe

  • frances bean alexandra headland yet another little spot to grab a coffee.

  • Harvest Cafe in Cotton Tree. They also serve Bulletproof coffee.

    • Good call, Prisqua. We love us some bulletproof coffee 🙂

  • Such a goodie! We love their Friday night vibes. Thanks for adding to the list, Peter.

  • Good call, Ada. We love the Red Shed, too!