blackboard, verity lakes (qld)

blackboard - varsity lakes, gold coast Blackboard coffee. 7/240 Varsity Pde, Varsity Lakes. Close to the Gold Coast campus of Bond University is this slice of coffee-making expertise.A fairly hip crowd (to say nothing of the staff) nonetheless make way for families with strollers, professors, and everyone in between. 

blackboard - varsity lakes, gold coast

There’s no decaf on offer, so it’s a chance for me to try an aeropress single origin. They certainly know what they’re doing with their coffee preparation. Glad to have visited.

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No Decaf.

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canteen, burleigh heads qld

canteen, gold coast
Deluxe Boutique Coffee Roasters Coffee. 23 Park Ave, Burleigh Heads. In a  lane way between two streets, this place is bursting with personality. From the moment you approach and see the old cinema seating sitting outside, or the attention to detail on the fit-out, you know you’re in for a treat here.

canteen - if these seats could talk

The work behind the machine is of a high quality. The cafe’s logo, taken from the style of light bulb in use in the interior lights appears on the staff aprons.

canteen - where the magic happens

There’s plenty of coffee-related reading to be had, and equipment on sale for making coffee at home.

canteen - spectacular decaf

Coffee is excellent. Their Mexican decaf is one of the top three decafs I’ve ever had, and their single origin coffees come with tasting notes – this is an essential one to visit if you’re looking to determine the best coffee on the Gold Coast.

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canvas, nobby beach qld


Canvas Coffee. 7/2221 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach.Tricky to find (it’s actually a little way down a side street), this place is well known to locals as a spot for great coffee.

A mix of quirky gift shop and cafe, this was a crowded space with a few spots to sit inside amidst t-shirts, books, toys, and much more. There’s plenty for kids to do here, with their own toys to play with and opportunities to draw. 

Coffee is good here: if you’re up this way, it’s worth calling in for a visit.

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Cafe 1 Uno, Biggera Waters

Cafe 1 Uno, Biggera Waters

Amore coffee (Paris blend). Shop 26, 33 Hollywell Rd, Biggera Waters (Queensland): outside the metro market shopping centre. Metro Market shopping centre is one of those small suburban places that crops up in the Gold Coast. It’s not one of the giant outdoor empires, but would fit in well in a suburb of Sydney: just enough shops to pick up the groceries and a few other items – it’s a place to run to for that quick errand.

This place has a bustling kitchen, and seems steadily busy. It competes on price – the cafe’s business card advertises the $5 big breakfast which seems incredible value (2 eggs, bacon, hash brown, grilled tomato, sausage, toast). I didn’t have a chance to try the food, but if we’d had a longer stay we would have tested it out just for the value.

There’s no decaf grinder, and the latte is a little watery, but pleasant tasting.