Life is too short to drink bad coffee and you don’t have to when you are on holidays in North Queensland
It is a pretty important part of any holiday, where to go to get a great cup of coffee and get your day off to a great start. Tropical North Queensland has no shortage of great coffee places and given that the Atherton Tablelands, just West of Cairns is one of Australia’s largest coffee growing areas, it is not hard to understand why. So after much scrutiny, this is my top picks:
Owned by David and Cathy Calcagno, these two have been in the coffee and restaurant business in Cairns since Jesus played fullback for Jerusalem, in fact I think Dave was the coach of the team. With this much history behind them, they just get it. Dave will begin his day making sure that the coffee machine is absolutely in balance, which ensures that the cup of coffee you got yesterday, tastes exactly the same the next day. Espresso and Co is located direct across the road from the stunning Palm Cove beach, so just imagine, cup of coffee in hand, paper in the otherand gazing out over a white sandy beach, it is truly the stuff of holidays. http://espressoandco.com.au
Make a beeline for the Botanical Garden in Cairns and this will take you to the Cairns suburb of EdgeHill. There is a great café scene in the little village and I just cant go past NOA. Great coffee, great food, this would be one of my favourite breakfast places in Cairns. The menu is your traditional brekkie favs like Eggs Benny etc. etc., but then they throw in a couple of twists and I challenge you to go past the Salmon Hash. Throw in a great cup of coffee and you have one of the great spots to while away time in Cairns. http://noaeat.com.au
Located in the CBD on Spence St, you will know this little café by the line up. It is has turned into a bit of a Cairns institution over time and is a favourite catch up and meeting place for Cairns locals and visitors alike. A couple of types of coffee on offer. One that is designed to ensure you walk out there hyped and ready for the day, the other a more mellow coffee blend to set you into cruise control.
This is a great little café/restaurant that is attached to the Peninsula Boutique Hotel. Run, by Gav and Kylie, again this guys just know how to do coffee, food and service. What sets Hi Tide off, is not only the coffee but also the location. It is straight across the road to the beach and you are welcome to come on in, and take a seat or grab a takeaway and head back over to the iconic 4 mile beach. The theme of Hi Tide is coastal chic and it just works, given where you are in Port Douglas. https://www.hitide.com.au
If by chance you do grab a car and head up to the Atherton Tablelands, Jacques Coffee Plantation, Skybury Coffee and Coffeeworks are all worth a visit. Head towards Mareeba and then follow the coffee aroma!