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Wake up with the best coffee in Noosa

24 Nov 2021

Author: Claire Plush

Coffee. It’s the beverage dreams are made on, holidays are fuelled by and breakfasts are paired with, but where do you find the best coffee in Noosa?

From bustling roasteries in industrial estates to hidden away espresso bars that only a local would know, consider this list the ultimate Noosa guide to your next caffeine fix.

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Flying West, Doonan

When it comes to hunting down off-the-beaten track roasteries, Flying West Coffee Roasters is totally worth jumping in the car for. Housed in a beautified industrial warehouse with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, this roastery and café is the perfect pitstop between Noosa and Eumundi. Sip a smooth flat white alongside a cooked breakfast or housemade sausage roll, or drop in and grab a bag of beans for home – the Little Friend blend is a crowd favourite!

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First Batch, Noosaville

Hidden in the industrial estate, First Batch is a must-try when searching for the best coffee in Noosa. Not only does the space house a small coffee shop and roastery, but it’s where you’ll find The Coffee Training Co – a training school to discover or sharpen your coffee-making knowledge. Learn the espresso fundamentals, undergo seven hours of barista training or simply pick up some basic latte art to take your at-home coffees to the next level.

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Clandestino, Noosaville

Opening in 2011, Clandestino’s expansive café, inside Belmondos Organic Market, is home to the Sunshine Coast’s first brew bar – so you know they’re serious about coffee. With four grinders churning out house-roasted brews all day long, head here for a consistently delicious espresso or to try something a little different – there’s syphons, clovers, pour overs, cold brews, chemex and more on offer. Order some healthy eats from neighbouring Vanilla Food, grab a seat out the back and fire up the laptop (ask staff for the WIFI password) – the caffeine kick will have you firing through work tasks in no time.

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Padre, Noosaville

Hailing from Melbourne, coffee brand Padre opened their Noosa roastery and retail store back in 2015. Tucked among charity shops, the minimalist interior is flooded with natural light, making it a perfect spot to down one of the best coffees in Noosa. If you like seeing the magic happen, then you’ll love the wall of windows behind the coffee station that look onto the restored 1923 cast iron roaster from Venice, Italy – it’s a beauty! Consider yourself a home barista? Padre offers coffee subscriptions, so you can have your favourite coffee beans – whether it be a blend, single origin, filter roast – delivered to your door.

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Humdrum Espresso, Eumundi

Whether you’re in Eumundi scoping out the Original Eumundi Markets or day-tripping through the Noosa Hinterland, Humdrum Espresso deserves to be a stop on your itinerary. Recently renovated, this local favourite serves Padre coffee and offers a variety of milk, so all tastes are covered. And, for those with anklebiters in tow, their babycinos have proven to be a fail-proof bribe to drag kids away from the playground next door.

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MOTO Bar, Noosa Heads

When it comes to the best coffee in Noosa, if you ask savvy locals in the know, they’ll lead you straight to Moto… as long as you promise not to tell everyone else. Somewhat of a secret, Moto is hidden away from Noosa Junction’s main drag, in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of way. Pumping out good vibes, their own unique coffee blend – the Moto Roast – made in collaboration with local legends Clandestino and a small but mighty all-day brunch menu, stop here to fill the tank with a brekky jaffle and piccolo before a stroll down the hill to Hastings Street. If you’ve got the time, drop back in on a weekend night for local beers, sustainable wines and mouth-watering Asian cuisine.

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Hand of Fatima, Peregian Beach

Conveniently positioned in Peregian Beach Village, early-rising locals have a deep love affair with Hand of Fatima and its 5am starts. Pull up a stool in the sunshine after a morning swim across the road and warm up your insides with a strong but smooth Allpress coffee. Combine your brew with a housemade savoury muffin and you’ve got yourself a match made in Peregian.

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Entity Coffee, Sunshine Beach

If you crave that weekend feeling, all the time, Entity Coffee, perched on a corner in Sunshine Beach, is your go-to when searching for the best coffee in Noosa. Find a seat under the pandanus on the sprawling multi-level deck and sip on a velvety, house-roasted flat white. One of the smaller roasteries on the Sunshine Coast, this boutique cafe is the ideal stop for a relaxed, pre-beach caffeine hit.

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Zabé, Tewantin

Couches, games, retro paraphernalia, a piano – a visit to Zabé in Tewantin is like stepping into your Aunty’s place, except they know how to make really good coffee. Grinding beans from local roastery, Clandestino, the friendly staff and all-ages crowd make this unassuming coffee joint a cosy escape from the Noosa crowds. When you’re done, wander along the river to Noosa Regional Gallery for a culture fix.

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