Whether you’re a clueless drinker or a coffee snob, the northern Australian state of Queensland has a plethora of destinations. Here’s six of the best.
1. The folk at Dandelion and Driftwood in Hendra are serious about coffee. The cafe’s single-origin brews and bean-loving baristas have won a swag of awards since opening. For something different try their cold drip coffee, an Asian brewing method where cold water and ice drips into the ground coffee beans for 24 hours, is refrigerated and then served over ice. www.dandeliondriftwood.com
2. If there’s one thing better than coffee in a mug, its coffee in a bowl. Three Monkeys Coffee and Teahouse in Brisbane’s West End have been supersizing their coffee for more than 15 years, with four shots in every bowl. 07 3844 6045
3. For coffee with a conscience try Sunshine Coast label Montville Coffee. They use only 100 per cent fair trade organic coffee beans and provide employment for local youth in New Guinea, East Timor, Africa and Indonesia. But you don’t have to travel that far – Montville Coffee is stocked in cafes from Noosaville to as far west as Cunnamulla in Outback Queensland. www.montvillecoffee.com.au
4. Visitors to Hervey’s Range Heritage Tea Rooms outside of Townsville can tick one more item off their bucket list by sampling their infamous $A50 cup of Kopi Luwak – otherwise known as cat poo coffee. The Asian Palm Civet a cat-like creature found in the jungles of Indonesia – passes the coffee berries through its digestive tract to produce the sweet blend. www.heritagetearooms.com.au
5. Skybury Coffee in Mareeba, an hour west of Cairns, holds the record for Australia’s oldest coffee plantation and is the largest exporter of home-grown coffee. Take a tour or drop in to their coffee centre which sells the beans done every way possible, plus coffee liqueur and chocolate coated coffee beans, and too-good-to-stop-at-one freshly-baked scones. You may even run into Farmer Mark if youre lucky. www.skybury.com.au
6. Everything old is new again at The Junction Cafe in Mossman. Coffee comes in mismatching old china (pictured above) with retro spoons, served with local Atherton Tablelands milk. Its a popular spot with locals and day-trippers on their way to the Mossman Gorge or Cape Tribulation and the Daintree. 07 4098 3398