there is no better way to start the day than with a cuppa, but with summer temperatures on the rise Chilled coffee is the best way to get your caffine fix
The aroma of freshly roasted beans transports you to your happy place and the first sip hits the spot. Coffee connoisseurs agree, coffee is not just part of their daily routine, it is a way of life!
When it is too hot for your usual latte or long black many reach for a chilled coffee. We have done the hard work for you and rounded up the best places to get your caffeine hit without the heat this summer. Whether you are a single-origin cold brew purist or enjoy a classic iced coffee the Coffs Coast has plenty of chilled coffee options to keep you caffeinated.
Chilled Coffee CLASSICS
Considered the go-to cold coffee drink for many the iced latte is a staple in most coffee shops and cafés. Shots of espresso are poured over ice-cold milk and served over ice in a tall glass. If you like something a little sweeter, add in some flavoured syrup.. we won’t judge you!
Many places offer this chilled coffee option, but our favourite can be found down the at Jetty at Supply Coffee. Supply Coffee roasts weekly and uses one of their two signature blends to create a creamy coffee hit that will leave you satisfied yet craving more.
Supply Specialty Coffee And Bar
15 Orlando St, Coffs Harbour
The original way to get your caffeine fix on a hot summer’s day, the iced coffee comes with not only ice-cream but a generous serving of whipped cream piled on top.
Walking down the tree lined First Avenue in Sawtell, you will find Café Treeo and its very cute ‘puppy parking’ for your doggo. A local favourite since 2011, Café Treeo uses coffee beans roasted by esteemed roasters Will &Co to create the perfect blend of acidity and creaminess.
20 First Ave, Sawtell
Chilled Coffee purists
original cold brew
Ten years ago you would have been hard-pressed to find cold brew on any coffee shop’s menu, now you can find cold brew everywhere, even in pre-packaged cans from Woolworths.
The original cold brew is coffee that has been steeped in cold water for a long period of time, sometimes up to 24 hours. This results in a smoother, lower-acid taste and a cold brew can often taste very different to a hot brewing of the same bean.
At the southern end of First Ave, Sawtell, you will find Split Espresso and their strong but delicious cold brew. Extracted for 14 hours using a single origin bean from Allpress, the Split Espresso cold brew brings together great body, some spice and earthy notes and just the right amount of sweetness. Try it with a dash of cream for something extra special.
You can now get that café quality cold coffee at home, Split Espresso also sells an Allpress Ready To Mix take home pack that contains 20 shots of coffee.
Split Espresso Cafe
4 First Avenue, Sawtell
nitro cold press
Like your cold press a bit fancier? Why not try a Nitro Cold Press from Palate & Ply
Looking like a pint of Guinness, this specially brewed cold press coffee is percolated with cascading nitrogen which produces a creamy texture and an amazing aroma. It contains less acidity which gives a chocolate flavour with a slight sweetness, you may not even need sugar!
Palate & Ply
37 Vernon Street, Coffs Harbour
coconut cold brew
Drawing on inspiration from a Byron Bay trip, Bernie’s Deli has created possibly the most unique chilled coffee on the Coffs Coast. The Coconut Cold Brew is perfect blend of rich coffee flavour and silky mouth texture, perfect to cool you down on a hot summer’s day.
The Artisti coffee is slowly infused with 100% coconut overnight, resulting in a smooth, slightly sweet and incredibly refreshing drink. Layer that with plenty of ice cubes, and top with coconut milk which has a hint of coconut sugar for a little extra sweetness.
If you are feeling a little peckish, why not grab a 3 cheese & truffle toasted sandwich or a caramel slice from the cabinet
42 Moonee St, Coffs Harbour
strong chilled coffee
iced long black
Espresso, ice and cold water in a tall glass, an iced long black could not be simpler. Generally stronger in flavour than a cold brew, an iced long black showcases the flavours from the coffee bean in a summer version of the very popular long black.
Made with a double ristretto of Artisti Coffee, filtered cold water and bucket loads of ice, Choc Daisy long iced coffee is possibly the best iced long black on the Coffs Coast.
Choc Daisy is a very unique espresso bar as it is completely vegan, with both its delectable treats and coffee options completely plant-based (no animal milk to be found here). Really make it a meal and grab a rocky road fudge cup or acai bowl with your coffee to go.
Raw Bar @ Choc Daisy
Coffs City Centre 108-118 Harbour Dr, Coffs Harbour
Affogato means ‘drowned’ in Italian and is the rich creamy blend of two very different flavours, strong espresso and vanilla ice cream. The hot espresso melts the ice cream leaving a thick foam that you may need to eat with a spoon.
There is contention as to whether drowning your shot of hot espresso in cool ice cream is considered a drink or a dessert. To me, it doesn’t matter as long as it’s good, and Artisti Coffee Roasters makes a really good one!
Located in the Hi Tech Industrial Estate in Toormina you will find the espresso bar & roastery of Artisti Coffee Roasters. You can’t get roasted coffee beans fresher than this and Artisti uses the freshest of the lot in their affogato. Choose from Artisti’s specialty blend or the single-origin bean, which changes on a monthly basis, for the starting point of your affogato, add in a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream and you have yourself a cup of caffeinated heaven.
Take this slice of heaven home, with Artisti’s huge range of coffee packs, coffee machines and everything else you may need to make the perfect cup of coffee.
Artisti Coffee Roasters
11 Craft Close, Toormina
spiked chilled coffee
You’ve had your daylight coffee hit, but need a little pick me up to get you through the night? An espresso martini is here to jolt you awake with its boozy magical powers.
Traditionally made with vodka with espresso and a coffee liqueur, the espresso martini is dangerously drinkable and the perfect accompaniment to dessert. Or add in some extras and you have yourself a dessert cocktail like the ‘Nut Mac Sundae’ from Dark Arts
Located down an inconspicuous laneway in the heart of Coffs Harbour, Dark Arts has to be one of Coffs Harbour’s most unique venues. Mismatching furniture and a stained glass window give you a feeling of being in a gothic dungeon, but in what dungeon can you get a freshly brewed espresso martini?
Using a blend of their Black Magic espresso and a secret elixir, the Dark Arts espresso martini gives chocolate & caramel notes and is served in a classic martini glass with the perfect amount of foamy crema.
Dark Arts Cafe & Bar
Cox Lane, Coffs Harbour
If staying at home for your espresso martini is more your style, then Critters Distillery has you covered with their coffee liqueur.
Made right here on the Coffs Coast, Critters combine their multi-award-winning vodka with custom roasted Stoka Coffee, also a Coffs Coast local, and freshly grown Queensland-grown vanilla beans to create the perfect base for your espresso martini.
Critter’s coffee liqueur has tasting notes of rich dark chocolate with a sweet profile to finish while the vanilla beans and cane sugar leave a butter smooth mouth feel at the back.
This distillery is open Wed-Sun for tastings but if you want to learn how to create Critters signature cocktails yourself, join one of the Cocktail Masterclasses.
Run on a monthly basis, you will create two seasonal cocktails using local and Australian grown ingredients and nibble on a delicious grazing board for two.
Check the Critters website for the next masterclass event, but if you can’t until then, try making Critters resident Creative Drinks Director, Kamil’s, espresso martini recipe below:
Critters Vodka Espresso Martini
30ml Critters Vodka | 60ml Critters Coffee Liqueur | 30ml fresh espresso | Splash of sugar syrup | Shaken | Fresh coffee beans to garnish.
3/24a Hawke Dr, Woolgoolga
Don’t let the heat stop you from getting your caffeine fix with a big cup of bean juice. Whatever your taste preferences this summer, the Coffs Coast has a multitude of chilled coffee options just waiting to be discovered!