"Wake up and live." Bob Marley
Coffee is serious business in Byron Bay. Although the turmeric latte with almond milk is on the rise, the humble cocoa bean is still king at the start of the day.
The Byron Bay and hinterland areas are brewing with creative coffee bean growers and roasters. Open your tastebuds to the north coast way of waking up. Try the different blends, and then try some more.
We’ve hand selected some of the best coffee houses in the Byron Bay and hinterland areas with something unique to offer, and brews to give you the best start to your day.
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Your guide to the best coffee in Byron Bay:
Shop 1, 21-25 Fletcher Street
In the centre of town, only a block from the beach. A popular café with a great brekkie menu and reputation for consistently good coffee. Sit in the morning sunshine, read the newspaper and relax with a cuppa.
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Corner Fletcher and Byron Streets
A humble coffee cart pushing out an amazing brew. Word of mouth among the grand local coffee tasters of Byron is buzzing. A nice corner to sit, sip and skim the stands for the latest good read at independent and locally owned bookstore, The Book Room Collective.
6 Jonson Street
Good vibes from a hole in the wall. Street coffee with a unique drinks menu. Homemade milks, hand blended chais and hemp shakes. Try the Filthy Dirty Hippy for something out of your comfort zone – a mix of chai, cacao and espresso. Friendly barista crew who enjoy what they do. Locally made keep cups available to save on plastic. It’s a Byron wake up.
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1 Byron Street
Hand crafted fresh roasted Allpress coffee. The hot air roasting process of Allpress coffee treats the bean without smoke or burn, so the natural sweetness and smooth taste is elevated. Locals line up every morning to see these baristas in action. Quick, friendly and consistent.
Shop 5B, 21-25 Fletcher Street
A raw food café serving a coffee blend of the finest organic fair trade beans, medium to strong flavour, with a pinch of sweetness. The house blend is roasted fresh every week up in the Yarra valley by award winning roaster, David Moon. All coffee is made with a double shot to start your engine. Rev up here!
65 Carlyle Street
Popular cafe and takeaway corner store on top of a hill in the residential area. Serving Single O Roasters coffee, burgers, sandwiches, smoothies and acai. Local organic free-range produce. A social place where you can sit on the grass, feel the sea breeze and have a chat. Relaxed feel of those carefree summer days of the 70s.
2 Marvel Street
Overflowing with early birds keen for their brekkie and brew. Constantly abuzz with people lounging on outdoor seating, soaking up their burst of vitamin D. Talented baristas serving fresh espresso, filter and ever-changing guest coffee blends from Marvell St Coffee Roasters. A mural on the sidewall features local, well-known and emerging artists and adds to this hip streetscape of Byron.
11 Marvell Street
A contemporary corner café with a relaxed, European feel and some modern twists. Serves up Italian style espresso Genovese coffee. Full bodied, rich and complex with a long and pleasant finish. You may just want to sit here and indulge, all day long, or reserve a table for dinner.
1A Lateen Lane
Local roasters tucked down a laneway. A quiet coffee retreat serving locally roasted single original and seasonal coffee blends. Signature blend is roasted on a vintage 1982 Probat Roaster. Try the Byron Blue, grown locally on the ridge overlooking Broken Head in Byron Bay. It has a sweet liquorice flavour with light body and acidity with a clean finish.
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17/1A Banksia Drive
Onsite coffee roaster with café. Supplies many Byron Bay cafes with their blends. Sources beans from local farmers as well as international growers. Indoor and outdoor seating and a retail shop to souvenir your favourite Bun blend. The Organic blend has a full body and a velvety texture with milk. Smooth, mellow finish. A coffee experience.
2 Clifford Street
Hang out on the ancient recycled timber veranda with your morning brew and a freshly baked pastry. Serving blends from local coffee plantation and roastery, Zentvelds, the brew is fresh and hits the spot. Opens early and there’s a line up most mornings until way after the school bell rings. A sign the coffee’s good. Bounces every Saturday with live music from local musos.
193 Broken Head Road
Visit a plantation for fresh coffee straight from the field. Award winning coffee plantation and roastery in the hills behind Byron Bay. Have your beans ground to order directly from the Roastery door. Learn more about the wonderful process of the beautiful brown bean. Try their Reserve 01 signature blend with rich, spicy chocolate notes, depth and character.
18-22 Old Pacific Highway
A picturesque coffee stop before heading into the hills of the Byron hinterland. Sip your coffee on the veranda or grab a takeaway and a picnic hamper from the Deli. Restored vintage Queenslander surrounded by edible gardens in the village of Newrybar. Serves Allpress coffee and a range of freshly prepared gourmet food. Book in for a memorable dinner on your way home.
4/30 Mullumbimbi Street
Classic cappuccinos, fruity filters, refreshing cold drip, this place offers a specialty local coffee experience. House blend roasted by local Marvell Street Coffee Roasters from Byron Bay. Delicious looking cakes and simple, fresh menu based on local produce.
3/55 Burringbar Street
Tucked away down a side lane from the main street. Colourful, warm, quirky and comfortable. Specialists in coffee and pan-Asian food. Stop by for lunch and recharge from your hinterland travels with a freshly brewed coffee. A favourite for visitors and locals alike.
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9-11 Towers Drive
Roastery and espresso bar in the industrial estate. With a house blend called “Hillbilly” you know you’re close to the hills of Byron’s hinterland. The house special is a blend of Central American and African coffees. Specialty coffees from around the world with a unique roasting style to highlight the flavour and qualities of the bean. Focus on interesting flavours and sustainability. Seasonal single origin and blends.
Shop 8, 104 Dalley Street
Colourful café loved by the locals. Relaxed vibe, outdoor seating in an arcade under the trees. Freshly roasted organic, original, and decaf coffee blends. Modern vegetarian food. Live music every Saturday. Local art available to buy. Suspended meal and coffee system supported by customers who can chip in to ‘pay it forward’ and buy a meal or a drink for someone who is down on their luck. Keep cups available. Feel good café.
3 Albert Street
Hidden in the hinterland hills of Federal, behind Byron Bay. Small, family owned and operated business that grows, processes, roasts, brews and breathes coffee. Specialising in Australian grown coffee and always offer a locally grown brew alongside their house blend and alternating single origins. A boutique, small-batch roaster. Try their Filter blend, with a buttery body, lovely cocoa structure and berry finish. And their Moonshine trucker hat is a mighty fine hinterland souvenir.
10 Station Street
A surf shack in the hinterland serving up Duke’s Coffee and other fine blends. The little sister of Folk in Byron Bay, Woods is a popular coffee house and organic vegetarian cafe in the arts precinct of Bangalow.
Behind the Bangalow Hotel, Saturday mornings
Meet the farmers and roasters face-to-face in this smaller farm fresh market on a Saturday morning from 8-11am. Local growers such as Byron Aromas Coffee with their Green Mountain Estate coffee, Nashua Valley Organics with their hand picked and sundried locally grown brew and Bangalow Coffee are brewing up their beans and sharing their sweet aromas with the rest of the village.
Whether it’s a quick coffee on the run or a day’s drive on a caffeine-fuelled coffee trail, you’ll find something special in the coffee of our beautiful region. We hope you’ll wake up and live the good life in Byron Bay.