Open now 05:30 - 13:30
$$$$ Price range per person A$6
20 James Street, Burleigh Heads
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Get directions 20 James Street, 4220
Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia
Coffeehouse and espresso bar supplying locally roasted beans, artisanal coffee, and house baked cakes. Online ordering with home delivery!

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Whenever I wander into Quest Coffee Roasters in James St in Burleigh Heads I ask myself why I have been away for so long and remember it is usually hard to get a seat in the small cafe. Today I am lucky as I notice a woman perched gingerly on the edge of her chair. I rightly assume she is waiting for a TA so I ask whether she would mind if I sit at her table.
 
Sitting down I am greeted by one of the staff who asks me how my day has been. As I set up my table with phone, iPad, book & wallet, I notice the little eclectic touches in the cafe decor that give an insight into the personality of the owners Eve and Paul. An upside down superman hanging from one of the light designs (three architecturally defying circular light shades surrounding old light globes that feature above the coffee machine) differing sized world globe maps, a further old map hanging on the wall and a ceramic Chinese cat. 

I begin by ordering the house blend which is a wonderful non acidic strong full bodied brew with a fresh finish along with a generous piece of thick raisin toast. I write for a while taking in the music and people watching. Quest's playlists are a mix of old blues, hip tunes and European jazz vibes...each time I look up I am surprised to see good 'ol' James St as the tunes transport me to a cobbled street in Italy, a trendy cafe in Melbourne or a night of Samba on the beach off an island near the mainland of Hong Kong.

Interested to try one of the other coffee blends they have available I ask the barista about the flavour of the Costa Rica and am told it is floral and slightly more acidic than the house blend, more like a heavy Chardonnay than a sweet Riesling, with mid tones of honey. 

Impressed by her superlatives and excited at the prospect of a honey flavoured, chardonnay in a cup I feel quite decadent and have to stop myself from asking when the cheese platter will be served. When my coffee arrives I feel a certain kind of reverence and I catch myself lifting the coffee up to my nose hoping to catch a whiff of those middle notes. 

I slowly dip my spoon into the impossibly fluffy froth and have my first taste of the coffee. I am surprised at the baristas accuracy in describing the acidity and as I move the froth aside I delightfully detect the slight scent of honey. More of a deep, darker wood honey with the sticky comb still in the golden liquid, than a store bought sweeter variety. I did miss the chardonnay reference and we discussed that this brew is possibly best drunk black as the nutty flavour of the soy may not be the best accompaniment to get the full impact of this particularly strong blend.

Organic coffee has a freshness to it that is evident, leaving a taste sensation in the mouth that lasts for up to 30 seconds and none of the bitterness of chemically roasted beans. Before I ask I know that the coffee is organic (I could also have just looked up and read the board); the coffee has a distinctive taste as though the beans have flowed down a fresh mountain stream and then dried in the warm sun overlooking a meadow of scented flowers. A quick look through Quest's website and I see that they use "98% organic beans from Rain Forest Alliance and Fair Trade Farms" while they support, "coffee kids and their families through KIVA".

Quest roast the coffee themselves offsite and, sell beans onsite and wholesale to other coffee houses; you can also stock up on all of your other coffee paraphernalia in store. The display cabinet offers up a simple array of goodies, with a gourmet twist, try the chicken, guacamole and sun dried tomato toastie, pineapple crunch, carrot cake with cream cheese icing (disguised as a muffin), flavoured coconut water, a Pellegrino or bottled organic limoncello.

The only drawback at Quest are the surrounding stores with loud guitars and drums cutting through the atmosphere & dominating the more subtle music playing in the cafe. The tables could also be cleared a little more quickly. But when the staff are so friendly, who cares about an empty coffee cup over the stimulation of an interesting and informative conversation. Better yet, take the cup yourself the half metre back to the counter and order a different blend- maybe next time I'll take another spin of the globe map and try Kenya...
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20 James Street, Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia, 4220
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Сredit cards accepted Delivery Outdoor seating No Wi-Fi Takeaway
Opening hours
SundaySun 05:30-13:30
MondayMon 05:30-13:30
TuesdayTue 05:30-13:30
WednesdayWed 05:30-13:30
ThursdayThu 05:30-13:30
FridayFri 05:30-13:30
SaturdaySat 05:30-13:30
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