The best hidden coffee spots on the Sunshine Coast

A mediocre cup of coffee just doesn’t cut it anymore and Sunshine Coast baristas know how to give you a serious caffeine hit.

Some of the best coffee spots on the Sunshine Coast lie hidden in the most unlikely of places, though, so if you’re after a quality brew, friendly atmosphere and tasty treats, drop in to these local grind gurus.

Compound Secondhand Surf & Espresso, Coolum

Compound in Coolum is a not-for-profit hangout for local surfers whose proceeds go to Christian Surfers Australia. This unique café (with a self-serve toast bar!) has not only cold-press juices and home-baked muffins on offer, but also a store selling second-hand surf gear at bargain prices. Take a seat at the espresso bar and you’ll likely get all the tips on where the best surf is.

Where: Shop 23b/15 Heathfield Rd, Coolum Beach
Open: Monday to Saturday 6am-5pm
The beans: Slide Coffee Roasters, which was started by Compound’s baristas to take their drive for sustainability and community-mindedness through the whole coffee lifecycle.

The Birds & The Beans Espresso Bar, Buderim

Situated in an old service station from 1918, The Birds & The Beans is a morning ritual for Buderim locals and those who come pushing the pedals up the mountain. Sit amongst the motoring memorabilia in the old workshop or alongside the vintage petrol pumps as you sip your morning fuel (it’ll go nicely with one of their NYC bagels with cream cheese).

Where: 114 Burnett St, Buderim
Open: Monday to Friday 5:30am-12:30pm
The beans: Kai Specialty Coffee, a local company that donates one dollar for every kilo of coffee they sell to help impoverished kids in developing nations.

The Pallet Espresso Bar, Mooloolaba

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Furniture wiz and barista Johnie Stark built this cafe fit-out himself – all out of wooden pallets. Add an array of delicious gluten/dairy/refined sugar-free treats plus Johnie’s 20 years’ of coffee-making experience and this quirky little espresso bar is awesome for a quick takeaway or to relax away from the hustle of Mooloolaba Esplanade.

Where: Shop 2/161 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba
Open: Monday to Friday 6:30am-3pm, Saturday 6:30am-1pm
The beans: Private blend from Mambo Coffee Company.

Clandestino, Noosaville

The team at Clandestino, in Noosaville’s industrial ‘hood, not only roast their own but also go to great lengths to find the perfect bean – think pour-overs, plungers, syphons and cold drip all made with great pride in highlighting the beans’ origin. The Wonberta, sourced from Ethiopia, is worth deviating from your regular brew with delicious strawberry jam, tropical fruits and honey notes.

Where: 59 Rene St, Noosaville
Open: Monday to Friday 7am-4pm, Saturday 7am-3pm
The beans: Clandestino Roasters, their own blend and single origin comprising of innovative flavours.

Homegrown Cafe, Palmwoods

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Tucked away in the quaint little town of Palmwoods, Homegrown takes a sustainable approach with their beans roasted on-site and all of their produce purchased from local farmers. This is reflected in the food menu where you’ll find seasonal (and organic, where possible) breakfast dishes to sit down to in the garden.

Where: 4/6 Main street, Palmwoods
Open: Tuesday to Friday 6:30am-4pm, Saturday 6:30am-2pm
The beans: The Tin Shed Coffee, Home Grown’s own small batch. They also stock bottled cold-drip.

Guru Life, Rosemount

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A 15-minute drive from central Maroochydore lands you at Guru Life, by which time you’ve swapped apartment blocks for green fields and tributaries of the Maroochy River. The coffee takes on a spiritual dimension with the inclusion of beans that have been individually blessed under the light of a full moon. Guru also dish up vegan-friendly twists on traditional staples like potato kofta and bohemian mushrooms with rosemary and parmesan.

Where: 522 Petrie Creek Rd, Rosemount
Open: 7 days 6am-3pm
The beans: The Guru blend, their in-house brew made with coffee beans sourced from countries around the world, including Columbia and Kenya.

Husk and Honey, Nambour

This hidden gem in Nambour prides itself on pouring exceptional coffee and they specialise in gluten- and grain-free food for the allergy-prone coffee fiends out there. Everything on their all-day breakfast and lunch menus, plus cakes and other treats, is baked daily on-site.

Where: 16/18 Queen Street, Nambour
Open: Monday to Friday 7am-3pm, Saturday 8am-1pm
The beans: Tim Adams Specialty Coffee seasonal blend, which changes every three months.


  • The Velo Project, Mooloolaba: The detoxifying chicory latte helps inflammation and digestion, while boosting immunity.
  • Izba Espresso, Birtinya: Their green tea features Chinese Oolong, popcorn and Japanese sencha.
  • The Silva Spoon, Cotton Tree: Try the slightly spicy Bengali chai made from black tea, pepper, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.
  • New Earth Café, Coolum Beach: Lavender, mint or beetroot hot chocolate, anyone?

Tell us, what’s your go-to for coffee on the Sunshine Coast?