Kelvin Lu grew up in coffee, with his parents owning and operating cafés since the early 2000s. Setting out on his own with Café Ambassador in 2019, Kelvin saw it as a chance to present specialty coffee to the town of Southport on the Gold Coast. Read more
When chef Peter Shaw took over a delicatessen in Michelton, Queensland in 2010, he envisioned turning it into a destination where he and others can practice their passion for food and hospitality. Thus, Hobby Lane was born.
“I always wanted the café to be a success for all. Our goal isn’t just money, it’s the popularity of the café, enjoyment of our customers, and happiness of our staff,” Peter says. Read more
bIn 2006, Three Beans set out on a mission to create delicious food and coffee that was ethically sourced, nutritious, and sustainable. The concept was a success and after experiencing rapid growth in its native New South Wales, Three Beans crossed state lines in 2018, launching its Eagle Street store in Brisbane’s CBD. Read more
Louise Thoms did not anticipate just how busy her café would become when she opened 10 Hastings Street at Noosa Main Beach in Queensland seven years ago.
“We were living in Portugal when my husband was offered a job in Australia. We arrived in Noosa, where I found this empty space and thought, ‘I might open a café here’,” Louise says. “I had never been in hospitality before, was seven months pregnant, and already had three boys under six. We initially only served coffee and cakes, but it has since grown to seven-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner service.” Read more
While not as famous as its beachy New South Wales namesake, the Queensland coastal town of Manly has become a boating hotspot, home to a number of clubs and the largest boat harbour facility in the Southern Hemisphere.
Manly Kitchen, just off the coast, incorporates the town’s boating history into its interior with a set of oars proudly adorned on its walls below the café’s name. A blue and white colour scheme, wooden tables and seating, and a colourful espresso bar combine to create a friendly, modern, and fun atmosphere. Read more
Prior to taking ownership of Bang & Grind in 2016, Tony Barr was a long-time regular of the Cairns café.
“I’ve been in the business since 1994 and this is my fifth store. I realised it had a lot of potential as a coffee shop, especially in the busy city area,” Tony says. Read more
What’s in a name? When the time came to name their first café in the Sunshine State, Reagan Nongkhlaw and Urvik Bhalani turned to one the greatest creative minds in history – William Shakespeare.
Method to the Madness comes from a famous line in Hamlet, “Though this be madness, yet there is method”. Reagan says they settled on the name because it reflected his and Urvik’s decision to move from the dynamic Melbourne coffee scene to Kenmore. Read more
While Barbosa is a name many film fans will associate with The Pirates of the Caribbean, thanks to Barbosa Fine Food Deli, the population of Robina in Queensland instead connects the name to good coffee and high-end organic products.
Located in the food precinct of the Robina Town Centre, Barbosa Fine Foods provides fresh local produce, as well as imported cheeses, meats, and other items you’d expect to find at an Italian deli. Read more
When Sydney barista Peter Jeon moved to Emerald in Queensland, he brought a love of specialty coffee with him, and wanted to share it with the local community.
Peter opened The Sensory in November 2018, his second café in Emerald following the success of his first, Shelfield Coffee Brewers.
“Emerald is a mining town and many of the people moved here from big cities, so enough people wanted good coffee,” Peter says.
“I thought a specialty coffee shop might work here, and opening my own café was a dream. I knew if I opened my own coffee shop, Campos Coffee would be my first choice.” Read more
The idea behind The Bloom Room’s flowery aesthetic blossomed from Co-owners Giorgina Venzin and Chris Hollingsworth sitting down with a piece of paper, a pen, and a bit of inspiration from Pinterest and European café design.
“Everywhere you look there’s flowers,” Chris says. “We covered the ceiling with wisterias and set up a floral wall.
“We’d noticed at a few pop-up cafés that flower walls were popular for Instagram shots. Social media is so powerful when it comes to marketing these days. We thought, ‘why not create a flower wall where people can come in, get great food, great coffee, and get that photo?’” Read more