1/2478 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
There are two things whipping GC locals into a frenzy at the moment: donuts and coffee. You can’t scroll through your Instagram without seeing some form of jealousy-inducing donut post, and lately a large portion of these come care of All-Time Coffee Co. in Mermaid Beach, who are taking your daily caffeine to the next level by offering up their own house made dairy and egg free vegan donuts.
That’s right, you read correctly: vegan donuts. And they are magnificent.
Cheerful couple Ben and Elle share a deep love for all things coffee and donuts, and decided it was high time they shared this love by opening up All-Time Coffee Co. at the end of September. Taking things back to basics, the café has a stylish and cosy interior making use of recycled materials including wood from a chicken coop in Indooroopilly. Furniture is sourced from Simply Recycled with each piece perfectly complimenting the wooden floor and exposed brick wall.
Ben is a big fan of Belissimo coffee and wanted to bring it to the Gold Coast as there are no other cafés that currently provide it. Belissimo’s Ultimo is the house blend, an extra dark roast that works well in all forms of coffee. Getting down to business I order my usual trifecta: an espresso, a long black and a piccolo all of which are made on a super shiny silver La Marzocco machine. The espresso has a delicious aroma of blackberries and chocolate, and a curious, almost milky, flavour with smooth notes of dark chocolate, roasted hazelnuts and a spot of tannin for a nice kick. The long black had a fantastic crema and sweet berry and plum aroma that came through when drinking it. Although it was a long black, which generally has a thinner mouthfeel than an espresso, this one was thick and full bodied, which I absolutely loved. The piccolo had an overall dark chocolate flavour that had a blossoming sweetness to it, almost like a lolly, leading to a beautifully sweet caramel aftertaste.
As the weather is warming up you may want to give All Time’s sugar free iced maple Americano a try as the maple syrup gives the drink nice sweet kick.