Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published August 24th 2012
Maroochydore's best and most unique coffee club
Considering the size of the place, I would have thought good coffee would have been found on every corner in Maroochydore. This hasn't been the case in my experience though, so that's why I'm grateful I've got somewhere creative and as delicious as Caffeine Culture in my neighbourhood. Found on First Ave, these guys have built up quite the nice, niche café close to the Maroochy River.
I can't stress enough how popular this place is on those weekday coffee runs on the way to work. I sat there one morning recently and I lost count of the number of takeaway coffees they pumped out. A lot of these guys seemed to be regulars as well and genuinely enjoyed chatting with the staff. Even as the day went on there seemed to be a steady number of people coming in the door, both for takeaway and to just sit down and watch the world go by.
The artwork is another major reason I like this place. The Various Artists group resides upstairs and they've done a great job in making this place stand out. They've even done up a boring old electrical box just outside so it looks like a music amplifier. Cool stuff. Inside the cafe you'll also find some photography and artwork from locals available to buy.
They've recently done up a shipping container next to the coffee shop that's also selling coffee on certain hours of the day. You need to see this to be believed - it's a fully functioning coffee stall. I'm not exactly sure why they need it when they are serving people inside still, but it's pretty funky to say the least.
Food wise you're not going to find a satisfying meal here, rather just some odd bits and pieces. I had a slice of ginger, apple and rhubarb bread not too long ago with my coffee. It was quite the tasty snack. The selection isn't too varied so you'll probably go through everything within a couple of visits.
The beans they're using come from Mambo Coffee. It's organically grown and purchased through a combination of fair and direct trade. This stuff is great and you can buy some to take home also. Caffeine Culture is one of only two outlets to carry Mambo Coffee. The other is the Loading Dock Espresso in South Brisbane.