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Published December 30th 2013
Why do GC coffee connoisseurs set a course for Compass Rose?
Ahoy there coffee connoisseurs! There's a new café in town. "As if there aren't enough coffee shops already in Mermaid Beach!" I hear you say. Well, there are a few things about this freshly fashioned little gem which make it well worth setting a course for…
The theme is nautical, so if you really want to fit in wear a sailor hat and brandish a sextant. Or at least make sure your outfit contains some form of blue stripiness. It might be difficult, but you will reap the rewards when you pose in front of the nautical wall mural for the Instagram photo.
Have you heard of the Golden Bean? It sounds a bit like an old pirate's legend or something. "Ye buccaneers take heed! Sail the seven seas, and ye shall find the Bean of Gold, and this vegetable of destiny shall grant ye your heart's desire…"
Actually, it's the world's largest coffee roaster's competition, and Melbourne-based Proud Mary took out the crown this year. It's like winning the Coffee Olympics, or the Tour De Coffee, or the Americas Coffee Cup, or finding the Holy Coffee Grail, or being the Biggest Coffee Loser.
And guess what?? There's only one shop on the Gold Coast serving up steaming cups of Proud Mary's Ghost Rider Blend in all its Golden Beany glory.
You can even purchase your own bag to take home and juice up in your own coffee machine. But why do that? A shining silver coffee machine, glinting like a pirate's sword, with timber handles gleaming like a polished deck, awaits your command at Compass Rose.
This coffee machine is called a Synesso Cyncra. That means it doesn't just spout out your coffee automatically at the push of a button. The person holding your coffee mug has more input than the machine does. It's like the difference between a manual and automatic car. People who drive manual cars always seem to think their driving is superior (and have been known to call drivers of automatic cars "lazy"), therefore it follows that manual coffee must be superior. After tasting the coffee at Compass Rose, I would have to concur (although, being the driver of an automatic car, I am loath to admit it).
Generously filled sandwiches, toasties and wraps are on offer if you're there for breakfast or lunch. You can indulge in a variety of home-made treats. If you're on a diet, tie yourself to something (preferably a mast, if you have one handy) before the passionfruit slice lures you to your doom with it's siren call.
There is also an interesting selection of teas and fresh juices for the coffee haters.
You won't have any troubles mooring your vessel – there's a decent-sized car-park right out the front, making it a great place to grab a takeaway if you're on the run. I'd advise pulling up a crate though, and marinating for a moment in the maritime ambience.
Oasis of calm...
The café is shielded by a laundrette and set far enough back from the road to create a nice little oasis of calm in the whirlpool of the Gold Coast Highway. The toilet key even has a compass on it, in case you hit a storm on the way to the bathroom and need to navigate your way back.
So hoist your flags and set sail for Compass Rose. Friendly waters and golden beans await you there.