Sunshine Coast Cafe Review: Clandestino Roasters, Noosa

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a specialty coffee shop in a semi-industrial estate in Noosa. Tucked into the back corner of a pretty well stocked deli, Clandestino is as undercover as a cafe can be while not truly being undercover – they’ve got a growing reputation amongst people who love coffee. And it’s deserved.

They’ve put a fair bit of effort into the little things – and – the bigger things, with this life sized plane flying over the bar area.

It’s a fantastic atmosphere – and if it wasn’t so cliched, I’d compare it to something you might find in Melbourne. It’s like nothing I’ve ever been to before – and the relationship with the deli makes it a knock out spot to spend a few lazy hours sipping and reading while you’re on a Sunshine Coast stopover.

They’ve also paid attention to their coffees – four grinders on the bench next to a rich, orange, La Marzocco, are stocked with rotating single origins, a seasonal blend, and, if you’re into that thing – decaf.

My first coffee was a Costa Rican Don Jose Micromill, a honey processed bean that was, as the tasting notes promised, full of cherry and chocolate notes.

My second was on their seasonal blend – which was a little bitter up front, but had a really nice finish and a lingering, sweet, aftertaste.

There are specialty coffee knick knacks, and shiny machines, all over the place – there’s a nice little brew bar, featuring a variety of pourover, clover, or siphon coffee, and a couple of cold drips sitting on the counter. They roast in house – right behind the bench. And the place oozes with atmosphere.

The vintage teaspoons are another nice touch.

It seems they’re pretty committed to educating the consumer – the tasting notes that are standard fare for good cafes these days, are supported by a huge map of the globe, marking the origins of the beans they source, and they offer cupping courses on site, but will also take them on the road for corporate events. Their beans are available for retail – and they wholesale, at least to another Noosa Cafe, Cafe La Monde.

There’s food available from the deli – and you pay for anything you consume when you exit, so you could potentially spend all day, and get three square meals, in the comfortably appointed cafe area.

You can check them out on Facebook.

Sunshine Coast Cafe Review: The Good Bean, Mooloolaba

Last time we stayed at Mooloolaba I had to drink Jamaica Blue coffee, it was either that, or myriad other big coffee chains who have set up shop along the beachside strip. This time was different.

I wasn’t expecting to be drinking coffee in Mooloolaba – I wasn’t even expecting to be staying there, but here we were – and when my head popped up after a little bit of a swim, I saw the words “The Good Bean Espresso Bar” across the beach and up the stairs. I have a bias towards cafes that are named “Espresso Bar” or have “Specialty Coffee” on their sign somewhere.

Anyway. We crossed the road, and there, on the bench, surrounded by hessian coffee sacks (another good sign, some of the time), was a nice, shiny, Australian designed, Syncrho, that looked like it was purring like a happy kitten being looked after some caring baristas.

I didn’t have my phone on me – but my afternoon flat white featured a beautifully poured swan. And I decided we’d be back the next morning, after breakfast. We were.

The coffees were, as Veneziano Coffees are, delicious. Sweet and fruity. Creamy. Well produced, and served with a nice chocolate freckle on the side. Mooloolaba is probably my favourite Sunshine Coast getaway, and the Good Bean will be the icing on the cake. It’s a top notch little spot.

It’s a popular little spot – and it’s easy to see why – I love their simple approach to pricing – extra shots are free. Which just makes sense. The staff were friendly. It’s a nice relaxed beachside spot. Highly recommended. Here’s their Facebook page.


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