LOCAL: Our Coffee Lover’s Guide to Byron

COFFEE'S A THING IN BYRON. ACTUALLY ITS A THING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY NOW AND IT'S QUITE POSSIBLE THAT WE'VE ACTUALLY BECOME THE COFFEE SNOBS OF THE WORLD!

We want our coffee distinctive and memorable.  We like it single origin but we're also partial to blends with unique characteristics that give us the option to change up our order on any particular day. We want choices whether it's a double shot of intense espresso or decaf, piccolo or long black, half strength soy latte or caramel macchiato, mixed with chai or sweet syrups, lots of foam or just a splash - and so much more. And if black, unadulterated coffee is not our thing, we like choices in milk too - full cream, silky fine, skim, almond, macadamia and soy just for starters.  And it doesn't stop there. We want it barista-nurtured, made with passion and flair and we want it morning, noon and night.  
 
But for most of us it's that all important morning coffee that kick starts the day and where do we get ours?
 
Sunday Sustainable Bakery is the go-to for The Bower's Owner-/Creative Taliah Lowry for a tumeric latte, and it's first choice too for The Bower's Manager, Danelle, where her coffee usually comes with a side of delicious banana bread. Danelle swears too that coffee always tastes better with a view, so her favourite for great coffee + spectacular outlook is Beach Byron Bay.
 
Sparrow is a favourite of Anne Marie Eddington, co-owner of The Bower, for a macadamia nut milk latte and it's the choice of local hair and makeup superstar, Luciana Rose too for her standing order of a macadamia cappuccino.
 
Top Shop is first stop for The Bower's marketing and IT whizz Travis and his Pottery for the Planet refillable cup which he gets filled with a long black and sometimes a cheeky side of freshly baked muffin. Not so much a creature of habit, he likes to share the love with some of Byron's other splendid coffee haunts including Beach and Combi.
 
The General Store was a morning ritual for The Bear Cub Club during a recent stay at The Bower.  Mumma Bear and her wee cubs could be seen heading back to the deck at Bower Cottage armed with macadamia milk capuccinos and babyccinos before a return journey for a shared family brunch.
 
Jones & Co in Brunswick Heads is the go-to for Mel Gubbin, Byron local and owner-creative behind design and project management company, Avenue Twenty Two. It's where she has her keep cup filled with a large skinny latte and a freshly baked bagel bagged to take away.
 
Our Corner Kitchen in Bangalow is the regular coffee stop for Mikarla Bauer from Wilderness Flowers.  She's one of Australia's most creative floral artists and one of the most sort after wedding florists in Byron.
 
But there are lots more in this town that is establishing itself as one of the country's fastest growing foodie havens. Just some of the other notables include Leaf & Grain, The Bay Grocer, Byron Corner Store and Blue Olive Deli. And out of town Shelter Lennox, The Farm and Harvest Newrybar.