Coffee review: Seadog

8/50 James St, Burleigh Heads

There is something whimsical about Seadog in Burleigh. Perched on the corner of an alleyway in James Street, this literal hole in the wall emanates good vibes, with the intoxicating aroma of freshly ground coffee and salt sea air intermingling under the vine strewn grass hut veneer, beckoning you in to try a tasty brew.

Owner Brodie Green is warm and welcoming, greeting his regular locals by name and picking up a conversation with them as though the time between coffees had been a mere instant. His massive smile a constant feature as he moves from the counter to the La Marzocco Linea PB machine, chatting away as the coffee brews.

Coffee is in Brodie’s blood, with his grandparents being the first coffee distributors on the Coast back when tea was the preferred beverage.

“I promised myself I would never get into the coffee industry and I promised myself I would never have plants like my mum and I’ve done fucking both,” he laughs as he expertly finishes up a latte.

Naming a café is no easy feat, and for Seadog the moniker materialised when Brodie was strolling the streets of Brunswick Heads with his sister.

“I was trying to figure out what to call it and she saw this name on a house that said ‘Seadog’ and we both started laughing about how shit the name was, but it was such a nice moment that the name stuck,” he recalls.

Seadog proudly sits in the four square meter former home of an ATM and has inspired Brodie to develop the idea of micro franchises that can be copied in different cities.

“Micro franchises can empower young people who want to start their own business, but don’t know what direction they want to go in or don’t have a lot of money to do it,” he states, adding that as a young business owner himself, “it’s the first time I’ve ever woken up in the morning and been so stoked to come into work.”

In 2019, Brodie, the deadest legend, also donated $750 the Support the Girls charity as a massive clap back to a sexist comment on Instagram. Raising the money over one weekend, he also offered free coffee to all women and drew the support of other local businesses who donated milk and baked goods for him to sell.

Seadog offers Marvell Street’s Firebird as their house blend as it is a unique coffee comprising beans from Nicaragua and Ethiopia, created to showcase all three processing methods: washed, honey and natural. With a flavour profile of milo, jam and fudgy flavours in a milk coffee, the more delicate flavours of stonefruit can be found in a long black, which starts off excitingly crisp and mellows out to the more chocolatey flavours.

With rotating single origin coffees server as a Moccamaster brewed filter coffee, expect something lighter, more juicy, with the current coffee from Juan Pablo Salguero in El Salvador having a beautiful toffee and dried fig taste with a smack of lychee.

Seadog is open 6:30am to 1pm seven days a week. Whilst Seadog may be small, the café and its owner Brodie have made a huge impact in Burleigh.

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