23 Park Avenue Burleigh Heads, Qld.Ph: 07 5534 3877
Semi-hidden in a walkway between two streets, Canteen has a minimalist industrial feel. The shop is adorned only by a few crates, bags of coffee and a large grinder in one corner. Across the room, smaller grinders and a large espresso machine take pride of place on the wooden bar, giving the aura that you’re in a craftsman’s workshop rather than in a café. And you are.
“It’s how I wanted it to look,” says owner operator Brendan, “for the place to be so raw that it’s just about the coffee, with everything else stripped away.”
Canteen specialises in roasting their own coffee, specialty blends and single origin coffees. A different single origin is featured in the espresso bar every week.
Like the vintage concept of its namesake army dining area, Canteen is a central meeting place where soldiers meet each other, obtain supplies, and are entertained in a relaxed, easy-going atmosphere. People come and go buying takeaway coffees, a bag of beans or ground coffee, taking a coffee outside to sit on old cinema seating in the sun, or stopping to chat or ask questions of baristas Brendan and his brother Jermaine.
In a suburb boasting some of the best coffee on the coast, Canteen is a cool and sexy understatement that it’s all about the coffee.
Open: Mon – Fri 7am – 4pm; Sat – Sun 7am – 3pm
Credit: by Marj Osborne, Good Food Gold Coast.
This review is from Café Culture, issue 28