Don't you just love it, when you discover hidden little treasures in quiet suburban streets, away from the busy-ness of the tourist strips?
This is how we came upon The Art of Bean, tucked away serendipitously in a side street amid a world of corporate and industrial companies. The Art of Bean describe themselves as 'a creative space, a coffee lounge and a noshery'. Okay, the 'noshery' part I had to google and for those like me, who have no idea, the definition of a noshery is a restaurant or snack bar.
Located in a warehouse (creative hub) The Art of Bean shares their very funky coffee lounge with three other establishments, that are all aimed at creative self-expression. The Art of Bean's contribution to all this creativity is with the innovation and exploration of flavours and ingredients in their menus as well as holding regular art exhibitions with all art being available for purchase.
Busy little bees at the workbench - Image: Elaine de Wet
I personally loved that The Art of Bean cater as an 'out-of-home-office', offering free Wi-Fi, a workbench and even charging stations for those looking for a perfect spot to get those creative juices flowing. And it was apparent that there were many who are just as enamoured as me with this concept, as the workbench was filled to capacity with busy little bees, laptops present, all in a state of deep concentration.
The Art of Bean celebrate cooking from around the world, while ensuring that their produce is responsibly and locally sourced. Besides the Botero Coffee, which was absolutely delish, The Art of Bean offer fourteen different varieties of tea and tisanes by Jilly's Teas, speciality jaffles and incredible street food. The sweet tooth is also catered for with house-made sweet treats ranging from the indulgent to the guilt-free.
Breakfast and Blendies Menus - Image: Elaine de Wet
The available all day menu at The Art of Bean includes wraps, rolls, winter bakes, salads and hot 'grab and go's' so whether you're vegan, vegetarian, a carnivore or gluten-free, this fantastic destination cafe off the usual well-worn tracks, has got you covered.
At only $7, my Ultimate Cheese Jaffle was worth every cent - Image: Elaine de Wet
I haven't indulged in jaffles for many moons, so was quite keen to try out one of the creative specialities and so decided on the Ultimate Cheese Jaffle - double Swiss cheese with red onion - at only $7 it was worth every cent. The red onion perfectly blended with the cheese, making for a very delicious, down memory lane, treat for lunch time. My skinny Latte was the ideal accompaniment for the cooler weather we've been experiencing on the Sunny Coast.
Skinny Latte and Cuppachino - Image: Elaine de Wet
There are many establishments on the Sunshine Coast that open up and unfortunately have to close as the population is not large enough to sustain every new business that opens their doors. In my oh-so humble opinion, The Art of Bean have the makings of a great success story, sharing their creative hub with other establishments, offering a comfy work station area and a delectable menu, at very affordable prices.