Riverstone café, Bellingen

Riverstone coffee (organic blend). Next door to legendary health food store kombu, this place combines a licenced café with a small book store and a range of cds. Some very chilled lounge music plays – just the right volume to afford private conversations without forcing patrons to shout.

Staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and the patrons appear to be mostly tourists, with a range of ages from 6 to 60. When an roder is placed, water is brought out without specific request: always a good sign, I find.

Coffee is served promptly, and the staff are very accommodating to bizarre coffee orders: there’s pouring cream for those who want it, chilled coffees are no problem. The coffees are hot, and for an organic, they’re particularly good.