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Donuts at K&Co café, Mackay
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Five Queensland cafés where you can get your hit of Grinders Coffee

Grinders Coffee is celebrating 60 years – here are five places to enjoy it at its best

By Brooke Madisson for Time Out in association with Grinders

Grinders Coffee Roasters have been supplying premium coffee to Australian cafés for 60 years. Established in Melbourne in 1962 by Giancarlo Gusti, Grinders are true pioneers of the Australian café scene, with an ethos that embodies quality, consistency and sustainability. A majority of Grinders coffee comes from Rainforest Alliance certified farms, so you can also rest assured that your next cup of coffee is good for the planet and the communities that grow it. Straight from the Grinders roastery in Melbourne, the team’s dedication ensures that these Queensland cafés are serving the very best single origin and blended coffees around.  

To celebrate 60 years of Grinders Coffee, they are giving away a cash prize of $10,000 to one lucky Time Out reader plus daily consolation prizes. To enter, head here.

Where: Shop 4/43 Wood St, Mackay QLD 4740 
When: Mon-Fri 6.30am-3.30pm; Sat 6.30am-1.30pm

9th Lane Grind is one of Mackay’s hidden gems, loved for its unique spin on nourishing and soulful food. This cute café is the perfect spot to sit and unwind, enjoying an exceptional Grinders coffee and something special from the huge range of cakes and pastries. For a breakfast treat, choose from options like mocha hotcakes, pesto eggs and salmon benedict – or opt for wholefood specials like the breakfast green bowl. The lunch menu includes quirky takes on burgers, salads and poke bowls, as well as a variety of healthy ready-made takeaway options. Chef Jaccara uses fresh local and seasonal produce to create dishes worthy of an Insta post.

Where: 67 Alexandra Pde, Alexandra Headland QLD 4572
When: Daily 6.30am-11pm

This Sunshine Coast favourite offers a range of dining options, all with ocean views stretching from Mount Coolum to Mooloolaba. For the perfect start to a Sunny Coast Day, grab a Grinders coffee and breakfast from the iconic Alex Kiosk, a unique beach café. The menu includes brekky wraps, acai bowls, smoothies, and scones as well as lunch offerings like fish and chips and toasted sandwiches. Other all-day dining options at the club include a café, bistro and bar, each with their own specialty menus. Check out the Bluff Bar, serving up small bites, burgers and pizzas with live music every Friday, Saturday,
and Sunday night.


Where: Ground Fl, Oasis Shopping Centre, 12 Charles Ave, Broadbeach QLD 4218 
When: Mon-Fri 5am-6pm; Sat 5am-midnight; Sun 5am-9pm

Check out this buzzing Gold Coast café for their selection of delectable patisserie treats, perfectly paired with Grinders coffee. Open daily from 5am until late, Madisons also serves all-day breakfasts; including pancakes, French toast, eggs benedict and their famous big breakfast. Lunch and dinner options include salads, pizzas and burgers, as well as more unusual items Thai curry and fruit and cheese boards. There’s also a dedicated kids’ menu, and if you’re after something for a special occasion, Madisons also make dazzling custom-made cakes. 

Where: HomeCo Mackay, 86 Holts Rd, Richmond, QLD 4740
When: Mon-Fri 6am-4pm; Sat 6.30am-2.30pm; Sun 7am-2.30pm

Conveniently located at homewares mall HomeCo Mackay, local treasure K&Co is known for artisanal food and specialty Grinders coffee. Take your pick from their range of grab ‘n’ go breakfast and lunch options, which include healthy seasonal versions of popular favourites like burgers, salads and wraps. If you’re after something sweet, K&Co also stock raw vegan treats and enticingly iced doughnuts. Everything is made daily with the freshest of ingredients, ticking that virtuous health box. Forgotten someone’s birthday? K&Co also stock a range of boutique chutneys, sauces, chocolates and other take-home products. 


Where: 40-44 Albert St, Rockhampton QLD 4700
When: Mon-Fri 5am-5pm; Sat 6am-2pm; Sun 7am-1pm

In Rockhampton and in need of a barista-made coffee in a hurry? Cocobrew Express is a one-of-a-kind, custom-designed drive-through café. Treat yourself to a premium Grinders coffee, or opt for an iced version if you're trying to beat the Queensland heat. Cocobrew Express also offers a range of smoothies, shakes, teas and cold drinks. If you’re feeling hungry grab a bite to eat from their food menu, which features a selection of toasties, croissants, wraps, salad bowls, sundaes and muffins. It’s open early seven days a week, so why not make Cocobrew Express your next pit stop in Rocky?  

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