Inside California Tacos, 1718 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
With Spring finally here, it’s time for us all to very begrudgingly get out of our trackies, roll off the couch and go outside again. You will definitely be needing some coffee if that’s going to happen, so let us introduce you to a little hidden gem right smack bang in the middle of the action in Burleigh: Frankie Espresso.
Nestled inside California Tacos on the highway at Burleigh Heads, Frankie Espresso opened 18 months ago and quickly became a coveted local favourite. The first to open at 5.00am, Frankie Espresso is frequented by early risers headed to the beach for a walk or surf. In a great spot for commuters, it’s easy to pull up off the Gold Coast highway and catch a brew on your way to the daily grind.
Owner Mel Henry loves the shared space concept with Frankie Espresso taking over California Tacos from early in the morning until lunch time when the famed tacos start flying out of the kitchen.
Frankie’s house coffee is the Brass blend care of Botero in MacLean, which is lovingly made on a La Marzocco Linea machine and served in earthenware sourced from the local Op Shops. The double espresso I sampled had a wonderful sharpness, with the kind of acidity that makes you smack your lips together. With a flurry of berries and citrus, the espresso has a smooth chocolate finish. Serving the long black in one of the beautiful Op Shop sourced mugs elevates the sweet and juicy flavour of the coffee, with earthy notes that complement the mug that holds it. The warm spices of the Brass blend take hold in the piccolo, which has a delicious sweet condensed milk scent and flavour that is warming with big chocolate notes. A new coffee on the menu and a total indulgence is Frankie’s Nutella mocha and OMG does it have the wow factor! The Nutella coffee combo is a match made in heaven and is a must try for all you Nutellaholics.
For the non-coffee drinkers out there, Frankie’s got you fam with freshly ground decaf, their popular turmeric latte and other healing drinks such as dandelion root.
Open from 5.00am weekdays and 6.30am Saturday, come grab a high table and enjoy your coffee looking overlooking the beach and maybe, if you time your visit just right, you can enjoy a sneaky taco too.