The Keen Barista’s Guide to the Best Coffee on the Tweed Coast

When it comes to seriously good coffee, the Tweed Coast has you sorted. Whether you’re a Tweed Coast local or simply travelling through for the weekend, finding the perfect caffeine fix has never been easier.

See, here on the Tweed, we’re kinda spoilt for choice with some pretty epic coffee spots dotted down our coastline. Over recent years, we’ve really stepped up our coffee game and established ourselves as a true coffee lovers haven; coupling smooth local blends with fun coastal vibes, delish gourmet food and Instagrammable locations well worth travelling for.

From unsuspecting hole-in-the-wall coffee joints to much-loved community hubs, we’re sharing our keen barista’s local guide with you below. Here’s our pick for 6 of the best places to get caffeinated here on the Tweed Coast!

Kartel Espresso, Cabarita Beach

Next time you’re cruising on up to Cabarita headland, be sure to pull over at hidden gem Kartel Espresso to grab your takeaway caffeine hit. Tucked away along Tweed Coast Road, Kartel serves up smooth Social Espresso coffee amongst eclectic patterned interiors and friendly service to create the ultimate hole-in-the-wall takeaway joint.

One for the ‘grammers, this beachside coffee nook has also been revamped with a totally Insta-worthy cactus wallpaper to provide the perfect backdrop for your morning brew. Our tip? Pair your caffeine fix with a gourmet donut, freshly made sanga, or one of Kartel’s famous “manwiches” to truly satiate your hunger!

@kartelespresso | 2/16 Tweed Coast Road, Cabarita Beach

Osteria, Casuarina

Just a stone’s throw away from the pristine Casuarina beaches, you’ll find community hub and much-loved local eatery Osteria. Not your average cafe; Ostera’s vine-covered courtyard, laid-back atmosphere and rustic interiors creates an ideal space to enjoy your long, lazy espresso date amongst light-filled surrounds.

Recently switching their blend to Tweed roasters Ground Control Espresso (along with their new sister cafe Baked at Ancora), Osteria also has a strong focus on sustainability and community support – so you can savour your coffee with all of the warm and fuzzy feels.

Other awesome bonuses include a playground for the little ones and express ordering via the Osteria app to grab your caffeine hit without the queue.

@osteriacasuarina | 1 Barclay Drive, Casuarina

The Salt Mill, Kingscliff

After building up a cult following for their popular Currumbin coffee nook, Tweed Coasters have finally seen what all the fuss is about with The Salt Mill’s second establishment opening earlier this year in Kingscliff. This timber clad hole-in-the-wall coffee stop is located directly across from the sun-soaked Kingscliff beaches; complete with outdoor seating so you can enjoy your delicious Allpress Coffee (or one of their famous acai bowls) amongst salty air and ocean views.

Plus: don’t forget to check out the adjoining Salt Mill Store for a curated selection of handcrafted ceramics, botanical beauty products, bath salts, flower bunches and more (hello, last minute Christmas shopping!).


@the_salt_mill_ | 20 Marine Parade, Kingscliff

Riff Raff Espresso, Cabarita Beach

New kids on the block Riff Raff Espresso have quickly become a Cabarita favourite, with a “positive vibes only” mentality and warm, personalised service – the kinda place where the friendly baristas will remember your name and coffee order from your very first visit.

Located in the Cabarita Ace Plaza, Riff Raff is helmed by a passionate local team serving up beloved Byron Bay blend Moonshine Coffee Roasters, with spacious interiors offering plenty of relaxed seating to chill out as you enjoy your daily brew. Be sure to devour your cuppa alongside a huge array of simple yet tasty food options – from gourmet toasties made on bakery fresh bread, to brekky burritos, fresh salads and sweet treats to fill your tummy.

@riffraffespresso | 9/31-33 Tweed Coast Road, Cabarita Beach

Next Door Espresso, Tweed Heads

For those wanting to follow the Tweed locals for your next caffeine fix, you’ll usually find them flocking to Next Door Espresso. This hidden gem is situated riverside along Dry Dock Road in Tweed, and renowned for their organic Moonshine coffee paired with crisp white interiors, an extensive a la carte menu, and good vibes all round.

Dog lovers will also be pleased to know your pup is most welcome, with Next Door’s friendly labrador Harry making regular appearances at this laid-back local nook. Be sure to peruse the cafe’s retail arm during your visit, too, with an eclectic array of goodies including dried flower bunches, printed tees and lush soy candles available to purchase.

@nextdoorespresso | 56 Dry Dock Road, Tweed Heads

Baked at Ancora, Tweed Heads

Newly opened Baked at Ancora has already been filling our insta-feeds, with a chic and cosy interior fit-out, picturesque riverside location and drool-worthy selection of sweet and savoury treats to get your mitts on. But while the glazed donuts and Parisian pastries might be a serious drawcard, these guys don’t mess around with their coffee game, either.

Enjoy Baked’s signature Ground Control blend picnic-style in the adjoining waterfront garden, or pull up a swing chair to dine in and watch the pastry chefs in action. Good coffee and delicious treats – could there be a more perfect match?

Ancora Tweed Heads

@bakedatancora | 118 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads

A huge shout out to our incredible local coffee joints for keeping us caffeinated – suffice to say, we’re in seriously good hands here on the Tweed Coast. Want to stay updated with our latest reviews, travel tips and local insight? Get connected with us over at @tweedcoastguide, or sign up for our newsletter to get our local knowledge delivered straight to your inbox.

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