Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published September 16th 2012
Sunshine Coast coffee at its best
It's quite easy to get distracted while walking down Mooloolaba Esplanade. It's one of the Sunshine Coast's busiest locations and it's popular with tourists and locals alike. So if you're a café here, how exactly do you stand out from the rest of the crowd? Emjays Coffee could teach the rest a thing or two.
The cosy café just opposite the road from Loo With A View is well regarded by locals as one of the best places to grab a coffee on the Coast. And in a high competition region such like this, that's saying a lot. I've been going to Emjays ever since I came to the Coast and it has always impressed me. It's a great place for dates or to catch up with friends. Inside it's a nice environment, even though I feel an extra light or two could be switched on. The walls are always adorned by photography or artwork for sale. The most recent time I went in they were photos of the local region printed on canvas – a great souvenir for a tourist, I thought.
Emjays use only 100% organic coffee beans because they know it contributes to a quality cup of Joe. The beans are also for sale if you want to take it home for your own coffee machine. I've always enjoyed the baristas as well and the service I receive. I like it when paying I get asked how my day is so far – it's something small but always noticeable.
As you'd come to expect from cafes, they've also got a variety of savoury and sweet items on display in the window. The cranberry chicken and brie toastie looked absolutely delectable, as did the Cajun chicken and wholegrain mustard and ham variety. Sweets wise I'm a sucker for the caramel slice. There was also plenty more on offer including muffins, cakes and tarts.
On my latest trip to Emjays, I picked up my usual cappuccino. My partner, as always, opted for an espresso. Both drinks came with a complimentary biscuit which I thought was a nice touch – not everyone does this and it goes a long way. Besides the coffee, the menu had plenty more to offer including specialty chair latte, teas, kids drinks, chilla chino (ice blended coffee) and specialty coffees including caramel latte and hazelnut cream latte. It can be a hard decision standing under the menu board wondering what to eat, but just remember there is always next time.
As always, my partner and I were both satisfied with our drinks. Usually I'm one to drink and bolt but here I find myself inclined to sit around and stay long after I've finished my coffee. It's quite easy to spend an hour or two just sitting here, watching the people walk by and the surf break off in the distance. The free WiFi and the free book swap are just added incentive to stick around. Emjays have a number of big, comfy chairs both inside and just outside the café. Believe me you're the envy of everyone when you grab one of the four chairs outside.