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5 of our favourite local coffee haunts

Aimee Pearce

Ok so...when you work from home, and you're a parent of small children who like to wake in the need caffeine yes?

Fortunately for us, we live in a part of the world where the possibilities for top-class, caffeinated beverages are bountiful. Yep you heard right - we have the world's most beautiful beach AND unlimited quality coffee options - what's not to love about the Sunshine Coast?!?!?!

So if you're new to the area or you're planning a visit soon, check out our recommendations for the top 5 local coffee haunts:

Compound Surf and Espresso. What's not to love about Compound. The baristas are friendly and their skills are next level. The space is bright and airy with beautiful hanging plants and succulents. They do sustainable well - they are also a second hand clothing store so you can pop in for a coffee and pick up some quality second-hand threads for a bargain while you're there. Oh and they stock some of our beautiful products too. Also, if you're a work-from-home guru like us, sometimes you just need to get out of the house for a change of scene am I right? Compound has free wifi and is actually a great place to bump into like-minded creatives. We heart Compound.

The baristas at Compound working their magic. Pic via Bianca White @The_Social_tribe

The baristas at Compound working their magic. Pic via Bianca White @The_Social_tribe


The Island Surf and Espresso Bar You know you're doing well when you are THE place for locals to hang out. So it won't take long to realise that The Island is nailing it. And their success can probably be attributed to their passion - for coffee and for people. These guys serve up a delicious coffee and also make their own cold press coffee (look out for Uncle Scooter's cold press). They also know how to have a good time and the baristas will often be busted singing at the top of their lungs (in harmony mind you) while they work their magic on the machine.  Ordering tips - Ask for a magic if you like your coffee short and strong like I do.

Little Boat Espresso There is something sublime about the perfect pairing of good coffee and seasonal brunch fare. Little Boat never disappoints on the coffee front but beware, you may just pop in for a long black but just try and resist the temptation of the delicious array of freshly baked goods that line the counter - think dark chocolate brownies, Persian love cake - and if you even dare to pick up a menu you have certainly past the point of no return and may as well grab a table - think black sticky rice, okonominyaki with pork belly and popcorn chicken on a waffle with sticky maple caramel. Hmmmm....better order a second coffee to make it through brunch. :-)

Padre Coffee. Ok it's a little further up the road I'll admit, but there is something glorious about being able to show those Melburnian coffee snobs that us mere Sunny Coasters can play with the big kids when it comes to caffeine. We've had visitors from Melbourne bring freshly roasted Padre all the way from Victoria, only to discover not only is it served right around the corner at both Compound in Coolum and Skal in Peregian Beach, but they have also recently opened their own coffee shop AND ROASTERY in Noosaville. Pop in for a coffee Monday to Saturday or if you're serious about your liquid gold, you can cup with the roasters every Saturday at 10am. There's a reason Padre is popular among the coffee snob scene - it's a bloody good bean. So pop into Compound to try it or go for a drive up to Noosa if you feel like an excursion.

Kai Coffee If you're heading south of the river, it's worth popping in to Kai Coffee in Warana. These guys are not only serious about their coffee (they roast on site and supply to multiple cafes on the Sunshine Coast) but they also ethically source all their beans and they donate $2 from every kilo they roast to international projects and child sponsorship. How great is that!