REVIEW: Board Culture – Addict Espresso

2442 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
There is one thing that we as Gold Coasters have difficulty understanding: the cold. For us anything below 23 degrees seems barbaric and so as we begin our terrible winter months, we can go to extremes to seek out the warmth and somewhere to sit and soak up the sun. During this trying time Board Culture in Mermaid Beach is easily the place you want to be with its eclectic laid back vibe, great coffee and plenty of sun to go around.

Board Culture has been a Mermaid Beach landmark since 1995 with Trav taking the reins three years ago. Evoking the feel of a 1980s surf shop, Board Culture is community focused, laid back, cool and passionately local. Featuring Gold Coast manufactured boards and skateboards made from eco-friendly sustainable wood from trees fallen in Northern NSW, every piece in the shop has a story to tell. With an event space for 250 to 300 people Board Culture currently runs courses, offers free yoga on a Saturday morning, hosts movie nights and has bands on a Friday night once a month.

Addict Espresso is front and centre as you walk into Board Culture with a variety of seating outside for you to soak up the sumptuous sun. For the commuters there is a drive in area at the front where you can pull up, jump out, grab your coffee and keep going.

Addict’s beans are their own blend, a variation of the Merlo Espresso, and Pete the barista works like a well-oiled machine churning out the coffee orders. Pete’s favourite is the very drinkable piccolo with its honey aroma and creamy sweet caramel flavour

The espresso has an aroma that hits like a glorious chocolate and salted caramel wave. It is rich, complex and has a bite of acidity that awakens your tastebuds. I could not get enough of its salted caramel flavour and smoky notes.

For the surfers looking for a post-beach drink, or the early morning commuters looking for a pick-me-up, the long black is a real thirst quencher. Light with a sweet fruit aroma and berry flavour it will surely put you in good frame of mind for the day ahead.

Open 6.00am Monday – Saturday and 8.00am on Sunday, I advise you to come, escape the hideous winter weather and enjoy a great coffee in the glorious sunlight.

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