Top Cafes of 2016 - Sunshine Coast

We’ve run the numbers! Here are the best cafes of 2016 in Sunshine Coast, voted by real coffee lovers.

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Best cafe Kai Coffee in sunshine-coast for 2016

Great coffee. I had a long Black and my wife am Almond Milk Latte. Got an explanation of the beans our coffee was being made from as they were being made and watched as they roasted more beans.

Kai Coffee is something very special indeed. The Barista is equal parts friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. He never looks or acts rushed and gives his full attention to all his customers but is beautifully effective on the coffee output. Amazing. I enjoyed a fantastic piccolo here, one of the best, if not the best, I’ve ever had. I followed this with a flat white. It was incredibly good too. My wife had a mocha and she, unprompted by my enthusiasm for the place, said it was sublime. I’m going back tomorrow to buy some beans and try some pour overs. I don’t think I’ve ever given a 10 for a café but if any place deserves it, Kai definitely does. This is a must visit if you’re on the Sunshine Coast. And there’s a great brewery across the road too!

Situated in an industrial part of the Sunshine Coast this place is miles from stunning beaches and hinterland. The positive is that you don't have to battle tourists or fight for parking. I ordered a double shot cap and it was velvety smooth for a double. No hint of bitterness at all. The coffee was excellent. The only slight criticism was that the milk was slightly under temp but having said that if have it under temp rather than burnt any day of the week. The barista was warm and welcoming however took quite a long time to be served and even longer to make the coffee. This was surprising given there was only me and 1 other in there. It wasn't a problem just an observation. The shop is an open warehouse with limited seating, no atmosphere and practically no food options. This is the only real negative of this place. Essentially it caters for the local industrial factories coffee hit in the morning. If this place was in a better location and some effort put into the design and style of the space it would be hard to beat.

Best cafe Black Market Espresso Bar in sunshine-coast for 2016

Black Market Espresso Bar - Clandestino Coffee Espresso Bar. Passionate about crafting brilliant consistent coffee. Ground fresh and weighed for each and every cup. Providore of locally baked pastries, sliders, & cakes. We're very Pet Friendly (and likely to run out to meet your four legged friends)! We're also WiFi enabled!Coffee: Clandestino Roasters Equipment: La Marzocco Linea PB and 3 Mazzer Grinders

A lovely cafe serving great coffee and a great atmosphere! Can’t wait to come back!

Good coffee, smooth and full-bodied. Good spot in Mooloolaba, tucked away from the run of very ordinary tourist cafes on the beachfront

Best cafe Compound Surf & Espresso in sunshine-coast for 2016

Surf & Drink Coffee

Awesome coffee at where the locals gather. Away from the tourist strip, but without doubt the best coffee in Coolum

Best cafe Humdrum Espresso in sunshine-coast for 2016

Excellent service and coffee. Perfectly textured milk. Relaxed atmosphere. Staff have pride in service and product.

Back in town and made a beeline for this cafe. Just as good as my last visit with excellent, attentive service and full flavoured, well made coffee.

The Humdrum blend was delicious as both a short black and an iced long black.

Best cafe Little May Espresso in sunshine-coast for 2016

Disappointing - two of the four coffees we ordered were almost cold and another drink was forgotten. Some food was again cold by the time it arrived at our table.

Sadly seems to have changed hands resulting in a lesser service, and quality

#7

YOYO Espresso

Mooloolaba

Best cafe YOYO Espresso in sunshine-coast for 2016

Best cafe Waterline Espresso in sunshine-coast for 2016

Back up in Noosa for school holidays, the new manager is so friendly and goes above and beyond, new types of milk including bonsoy and milk lab to cater for my dairy free daughters, a true gem of a cafe we will 100% be back

#9

Beau's

Kings Beach

Best cafe Beau's in sunshine-coast for 2016

A quality focused cafe servicing delicious coffees, teas and local chais, organic cold drinks and juices to complement our beautiful menu.Open 7 days from 7am, and serving dinner on Friday & Saturday nights. Licenced, with a boutique wine list, Tasmanian ciders and award winning Green Beacon Brewing Co beers.

Coffee was great, good flavour and consistent. Disappointing that we couldn't get lunch given we'd arrived a couple of minutes before the kitchen closed.

Best cafe Clandestino Roasters in sunshine-coast for 2016

Staff (men not women) making and serving coffee are reserved to the point of rudeness and this has put me off after several experiences of this. Pity because the coffee is tops architecture and interior also..atmosphere is chilled.

Loved the atmosphere. The coffee was amazing. And the service very good. Definitely will return!

Best cafe Lamkin Lane Espresso Bar in sunshine-coast for 2016

Coffee was drinkable, but left disappointed. The coffee tasted burnt as if he ran it too long under the head or the head was dirty maybe. Been here twice before and both times before, this visits were much better. If it weren't for the two previous visits, I would have given today's coffee a 4/10. Gave it a 6/10 simply because the last two times would have been closer to 8. Service was nice and atmosphere was great.

Outstanding coffee always ! Thank you for my single origin this morning ladies

Had coffee from here about 3 times in last year and it’s never consistent in taste other than it’s never been great. On last occasion I couldn’t actually drink it and had to throw it away. My companion thought the milk was sour but I think it was just the flavour of the blend they were using that day. Staff appear friendly and set up inside is nice. I had returned to try again due to the good reviews from others and thought maybe I just picked a bad day, but unfortunately the coffee has been extremely disappointing each time so I’ll go elsewhere in future.

Best cafe The Colombian Coffee Co. in sunshine-coast for 2016

#13

Foster & Black

Maroochydore

Best cafe Foster & Black in sunshine-coast for 2016

#14

The Pocket

Moffat Beach

Best cafe The Pocket in sunshine-coast for 2016

Great location for a coffee in the morning & a Sunday afternoon beer.

Great coffee and beautiful, friendly local vibe. Always a good sign when a discerning long black drinker friend says it’s the best coffee he’s had in a long time.

Best cafe The Birds & The Beans espresso bar in sunshine-coast for 2016

#16

CUBA ST.

Marcoola

Best cafe CUBA ST.  in sunshine-coast for 2016

I’ve had x2 flat whites on separate days and baristas and both were really good. The coffee has a really unique flavour that’s worth going back for. Highly recommended and although I didn’t eat there the food looks great 👌

Really smooth, delicate and palate-pleasing coffee, and super friendly staff

Nice cafe near the airport, only found it by chance coffee nice

#17

Urban Garden

Maroochydore

Best cafe Urban Garden in sunshine-coast for 2016

We are a specialty coffee shop with our own unique house blend that is locally roasted, organic & traceable in source.We always have a seasonal single origin coffee available and all our coffee can be purchased to take home.Milk options include: Full cream, skim, lactose free, bonsoy, coconut, almond.We offer a large selection of gluten free, dairy free cakes & raw vegan treats are available.Fresh pastries delivered daily as well as bagels w/cream cheese.There is a selection of breakfast & lunch items in the cabinet as well as Food Trucks that park next to the shop to serve lunch between 11-2pm. There is parking at the rear and street parking.We are located on the ground level of the Old Courthouse Building.

Funky vibe. Great decor. Love the coffee grounds recycling opportunity for customers. Coffee was excellent; best coffee on our holiday here, so far.

Really nice place to sit and read the paper and have a coffee. The service is great and the coffee has a really nice flavour. Long after taste and is worth the drive.

Best cafe Milk and Beans Coffee House in sunshine-coast for 2016

Very nice coffee and hot chocolate to start the holidays. Muffins, Veggie roll and Egg and bacon roll were spot on. Definitely check out these guys if you need that hit! Also has 'suspended' coffees for that pay it forward option 😁

Great little find. Coffee hot the spot, the veggie stack is huge! Field mushrooms yummy as. Generous portions all round, even has a simple kids selection. Friendly folk running a nice place.

Best cafe Little Cove Coffee Co in sunshine-coast for 2016

Iced coffee was bitter wasn’t until the ice cream melted that it became sweet. The server didn’t even say hello to me. Disappointed that the beanhunter review is so high didn’t live up to its expectation.

Rubbish services bad atmosphere and a disgusting bitter flat white if you love coffee don’t come here

#21

The Old Bean

Mooloolaba

Best cafe The Old Bean in sunshine-coast for 2016

The Original Old Bean.

Nice service.. a little milky on the piccolo, however the single origin espresso was a beauty

Best cafe Bean There Done That Espresso Bar in sunshine-coast for 2016

Italian Style Espresso, Breakfast and Lunch Menu, Quick Takeaway Coffee and Food, You can buy all the furniture and bits and pieces in the cafe, funky and fun atmosphere. House Blend and Organic Blend, Aeropress and Sell Coffee Beans.

Pretty good coffee, worth a try.

Best cafe ShotHouse Brew Bar in sunshine-coast for 2016

Stopped by this cosy spot during a morning stroll. Great coffee . Had a double shot espresso which was creamy and smooth minus the bitterness. Instant service . Will definitely be back .

Super yummy coffee in a cool little joint nestled away towards the end of Mooloolaba esplanade! Great find for us and close to our accommodation. Nic was able to tell me where his coffee comes from and gave service with a smile. The cold drip is delicious and very refreshing on a hot Sunshine Coast day. Definitely recommend!

Cold brew was quite nice, although they could have used a lighter roast or potentially not made it as strong as they did. Disappointed that there was no filter. All in all a good vibe and they seem to know why they are doing.

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