Coffee Review: Portside Coffee

Shop 4A, 42 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin

With the mercury rising higher every day, Portside Coffee is a caffeinated oasis on a hot summer day. Tucked away in the industrial area of Currumbin and sheltered away from the road, the large garden-rimmed courtyard provides the perfect spot to enjoy your favourite brew.  As it was over 35 degrees on the day we visited the conclusion was quickly made that there truly isn’t anything better than a cold drip and an iced coffee to both perk you up and cool you down.

It’s understandable if you find owner Jeremy Lawnikanas familiar, as having worked in the industry for 12 years at some of the most popular venues on the Gold Coast, you are bound to have crossed paths with him somewhere along your foodie travels.  It was after these many years of experience that Jeremy felt it was time to branch out and open up his own cafe where the coffee is the star.

After spending some time in Scandinavia exploring the foodie scene and coffee roasteries, Jeremy drew inspiration from the area’s coveted design features when fitting out Portside, with a nautical touch that ties the venue back to its Gold Coast base.

As the only Gold Coast café to use Sensory Lab coffee, Portside gains an edge as a point of difference for the coffee devotees of the Coast.  Utilising the Steadfast as their house blend, in an espresso there is a bold dark chocolate flavour with a hint of savoury undertones and a cherry acidity finish to the cup. With the addition of milk in a piccolo the more caramel flavours develop making for a sweet little drink. With weekly to fortnightly rotations of single origin beans on offer, these are used in the cold drip as the lengthier brew time assists to build the flavours of the coffee allowing a greater appreciation of the coffee’s profile. The Guatemalan cold drip I sampled had beautiful citrus and stone fruit flavours with hints of chocolate weaving through each mouthful.

Open from 6.00am to 2.00pm Monday to Friday, 6.00am to 12.00pm on Saturday and closed on Sunday, Portside Coffee truly is a caffeine lovers dream, and on these hot summer days you can’t go wrong with one of their cold drips and a house made pink lemonade.

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