Coffee Sisters is a great place to enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat off the beaten track; a perfect nook to bask in the winter’s sun.
Once owned by barista sisters Penny and Susan Strophair, hence the name, since Kylie Jennings bought the cafe in mid 2014, it has continued its rise in the popularity stakes. A simply but effectively decorated café in a tiny clutch of shops on Monaco Street, the tiny interior holds only a coffee station, a few seats and chilled cabinet displaying sweets and muffins at the front of the kitchen. Diners mostly sit outdoors under a vergola roof and umbrellas which provide shade. There’s plenty of parking nearby, a play area for the kids, bike racks and dog tie up area to encourage a range of patrons.
One of Coffee Sisters’ main drawcards is the coffee, their own award-winning blend called “Sorella” which translates as ‘sister’ in Italian. Roasted by Di Bella Coffee in Brisbane, my flat white shows its colours: dark and rich with a smooth chocolatey finish. The café also sells roasted or ground beans by the bag.
The other drawcard is Chef Patrick Harris’ food. With a culinary background in large New Zealand hotels plus his own catering business, he came to the coast after being Head Chef at Jamie’s Italian, Perth. Patrick has brought large hotel standards to the small but busy neighbourhood café, operating a spotless kitchen mostly by himself.
Brekkie of Avocado on Wildbreads’ pumpkin sourdough is a simple dish: rounds of smoked salmon, two nicely poached eggs and a tangy housemade tomato relish accompany half an avocado and toast, simple but delicious! Other favourites on the menu include Eggs bene, Muesli with poached pear and vanilla-infused berries and Pancakes. Two favourites on our last visit included the Brekkie salad and the Big Brekkie, a generous meal for meat-lovers! With all meals under $20, it’s easy to eat for around the $15 mark.
There are treats to enjoy with coffee, such as Patrick’s date and orange scones, which he says he adapted from a ‘Little & Fridays’ recipe.
The food falls neatly into the ‘healthy eating’ category, paleo and gluten-free friendly; simple nutritious meals which don’t push any boundaries. Free-range eggs and sourdough bread are both organic, meals are generous, and made to order from fresh ingredients.
So it’s little wonder that the café draws a fitness-oriented clientele. On several mornings cycling groups meet here, joining people travelling to or from the gym to sip a latté and catch up with friends. Local business people use this as a quiet spot to do uninterrupted work, or to read the paper; others pop in for a coffee while walking the dog! You may even glimpse a TV or sports star dining in a quiet corner!
This little café encourages us to take a stop on the road, enjoy a slower pace, sip great coffee and eat healthy food.
110 Monaco Street, Broadbeach Waters; Open: Mon – Fri 6.30am – 2.30pm; Sat, Sun 6.30am – 1pm; Ph: 07 5538 5655
DISCLAIMER: On one of many visits, Good Food Gold Coast was a guest of the Coffee Sisters, with food and beverages provided by the café.