Coffee Review: Good Bean Coffee

32 Nerang St, Southport QLD 4215

Southport has been experiencing a renewal of late into a seemingly new suburb that I like to call SoPo, a gentrification afficionado’s dream filled with new shops, green spaces, infrastructure and eateries, with just enough of the old quirkiness to keep the suburbs charm in check. Good Bean Coffee is the perfect embodiment of the new SoPo as it combines modern interiors and coffee amongst the character of classic Southport.

An established brand from the Sunshine Coast, Good Bean Coffee in Southport is owned by Scott and Paul, career bankers who were looking for a change and came across Shane Hepburn’s original café on the Sunshine Coast and decided to open a franchise on the GC.

Scott and Paul love the location of the café, which sits at the Northern entrance to Australia Fair on Nerang Street. Having a large outside dining area, they are in the process of obtaining a liquor licence, which will allow for a great place for a few drinks on a Friday afternoon for all the workers who currently frequent the café.

The spacious café currently offers quick grab and go bites, but is looking to expand their menu, hopefully to soon offer leisurely breakfasts on the weekend and more on-the-run meals for their professional customers.

The coffee is unique to the Good Bean stores being sourced and roasted by Tim Adams who chooses the right combination of beans to form the house blend, of which we tried an espresso and a piccolo. The espresso had a rich, oaky, caramel flavour, with a balanced acidity that made for easy drinking. The piccolo had an interesting liquorice scent and a sweet caramel flavour. Good Bean offers single origin coffee that changes fortnightly and is the basis for their cold drip, a great option when you are out and about in the warm weather. On my visit the beans were from Costa Rica, with an espresso having a beautiful banana scent, a strong acidity and a meaty flavour with bursts of sun dried tomato adding a bit of sweetness.

Good Bean is open 7am to 5.30pm weekdays and 7.30am to 3.30pm weekends and is a necessary stop on your next trip to SoPo.

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