Shop 2/41 Musgrave Avenue, Chirn Park
When it comes to great coffee, those of us who live on the southside of the coast are really spoiled for choice, but what about our poor northern GC friends? Well pity them no longer, for Daark Espresso Bar in Chirn Park is here as a shining beacon of caffeinated hope for the northern masses!
Less than six months old, Daark is already generating a lot of excellent word-of-mouth. Many of my friends and co-workers pestered me to make the trip to sample their caffeinated wares and when we made a call out on social media for Blank readers’ favourite caffeinated watering holes, this little gem came up trumps.
Daark offers a chilled, boutique-like experience to café patrons who seek refuge from the busy street into an inviting modern space with warm wooden tables, industrial pendant lights, and the coffee machine at its heart.
Helmed by the easygoing Jareth and Leah, who worked in Sydney’s demanding hospitality industry for 16 years before they moved to the Gold Coast to utilise their skills and passion to open their own place.
Jareth is clearly a coffee lover and we had a great chat about the coffee culture emerging on the Gold Coast. Daark’s coffee is supplied by Supreme Roasters in Yatala, with their single origin offering changing at least once a fortnight. Jareth informs me that his favourite single origin is the Kenyan Candy, which he recommended that I come back to sample.
The single origin on offer during my visit was the Brazil Ipanema Dulce, which made for a syrupy full-bodied espresso that packed a big hit of roasted hazelnut flavour. A piccolo of the single origin brought out a creamier chocolate flavour accented by smooth nutty notes.
Daark’s house speciality is the Beach blend, which I enjoyed in a sweetly scented long black that offered a flavour sensation of sweet caramel, chocolate and hazelnut. Upon sampling my friends’ cappuccino and flat white the flavour smoothed out into a creamy, nutty comfort.
Daark is open Monday to Saturday 6.30am to 4.00pm and is closed Sunday. For great coffee in an inviting setting I can thoroughly recommend you make the trip to Daarkside.