Gold Coast Cafe Review: Canteen, Burleigh Heads

If you judge a cafe by a very steady patronage then Canteen is on a winner – we stopped in for a morning brew on the way back from a trip to New South Wales, and in the hour we were there a steady stream of customers joined us for a morning cuppa.

I don’t judge a cafe by patronage – but by the coffee – and Canteen is on a winner there too.

Sadly, they were all out of single origins today, so I settled for two double shot flat whites made on their house blend – which is roasted by Deluxe Coffee Roasters. My wife enjoyed the Cold Press Iced Latte – I had a little taste of that, and it was pretty special.

Canteen is a bit of a hole in the wall, with great lighting and a beautiful La Marzocco Strada, manned by a team of baristas who seem to know their way around the machine.

They’ve got a small retail section, some nibblies, and a great team of service staff – all designed to keep the customers – who spill out into a pretty large outdoor alley seating area – satisfied. They’ve also got a bunch of “how to cards” for a range of brew methods – so they’re serious about helping their customers improve their mad coffee skillz.

We were pretty satisfied. My flat whites were strong, smooth, and full bodied – the milk was perfect. The flavour was rich and mellow. Like velvet. The best bit was the beautiful back of mouth sweetness that lingered well and truly after the cup was finished.

Between Canteen, Blackboard, and Canvas – there aren’t many places on the Gold Coast that require you to go without great coffee if you’re taking in a bit of sunshine for a few days.

Check them out. Either in the real world, virtually, or on Facebook

Gold Coast Cafe Review: Canvas: Art, Craft, Espresso

Having been very much impressed by my stops at Uncle Joe’s Coffee House in Coorparoo, it seemed logical to check out a fellow client of 3rd Crack Coffee Brokerage when we ventured to the Gold Coast on our day off this week. So we drove down to Nobby Beach, and walked past a bunch of more visually obvious cafes to this little gem.

Stephanie, the owner, was very happy to let us park our pram next to the big wooden table inside her eclectic and colourful little shop, which is currently serving up a delicious blend featuring a Guatemalan Finca San Rafael Urias.

The only real let down coffee wise was that Canvas is only licensed to serve takeaway coffee, so it was served up in a paper cup. The almond croisant more than made up for that though…

The coffee lived up to the hype, but was especially good as the “barista’s choice” – so few cafes make obvious recommendations about how you should sample their coffee, but there, on the board, was the recommendation to try the blend as an off the heat short long. So I did. And it was fruity and sweet.

Stephanie was very excited about the coffee, she was also very keen to know that we’d enjoyed it, without being intrusive. It was such a warm and friendly little shop filled with colourful bits of arts and craft, and decked out with clever furniture like wooden milk crate seats, and skateboard deck tables. It appears from their website, and beanhunter reviews, that they’ve only recently switched to 3rd Crack. That decision appears to have paid off. Also, when almost every (very positive) review on Beanhunter mentions the friendly service, you know you’re on a winner.

We had a lovely hour or so reading the paper, sampling the wares, and enjoying the coffee. You can find both 3rd Crack and Canvas on Facebook.


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