Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso's brand-new HQ
Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso's brand-new HQ
Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso's brand-new HQ
Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso's brand-new HQ
Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso's brand-new HQ
Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso's brand-new HQ
Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso's brand-new HQ
Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso's brand-new HQ
Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso's brand-new HQ
Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso's brand-new HQ
Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso's brand-new HQ
Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso's brand-new HQ
Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso's brand-new HQ
Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso's brand-new HQ
Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso's brand-new HQ
Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso's brand-new HQ
Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso's brand-new HQ
Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso's brand-new HQ
Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso's brand-new HQ

Sip a damn fine coffee at Social Espresso’s brand-new HQ

For many people, coffee is a non-negotiable part of the day. An energy-boosting elixir of happiness that brings people together. Conversations happen over coffee. It was this social aspect that inspired the name Social Espresso almost eight years ago. Starting out as a wholesale coffee roaster in the backstreets of Burleigh, Social Espresso has blossomed into a local success story, having just rolled up the doors to an impressive new caffeination station a hop, skip and a jump from its original home. Here’s everything you need to know …

Social Espresso was started by Mitch and Hayley Roberts back in 2015, when the specialty coffee scene on the Gold Coast was still in its infancy. At the time, they nabbed two big accounts, which gave them the pep in their step to go all in and see where this wild coffee-filled adventure would lead. They’ve never had a sales team to speak of, growing organically through word-of-mouth. Looking around the brand-new HQ, you can’t help but feel happy about the Social Espresso story. Mitch is never too far from the machines, whether it’s training their new coffee clients, manning the decks of a morning (read: drinking all of the batch brew) or loading the van for the afternoon bean deliveries. “It’s what we love and what we’re all about,” Hayley says, and you really feel that the moment you step through the enormous roller doors. Having pushed the perimeter of its original home on Fremantle Street as far as they could, Mitch and Hayley knew that they’d eventually need more space, and began scouting new locations that better suited their increased capacity requirements. Thankfully, they didn’t have to look too far, as the perfect corner site presented itself literally in the same street. The new digs ticked all of their boxes – more space for their wholesale operations, room for extra seating as well as extra parking (if you know, you know). Hayley, who’s background is in fashion, has been compiling a Pinterest board for a few years with their dream aesthetic. Amanda Jarvis Design Studio and Meka Build have taken that Pinterest board and turned it into reality with striking curved bench seating beneath a stack of bi-fold doors, on-trend textured micro-cement and Venetian plaster. “We still have the warehouse-style industrial edge with the roller doors and high ceilings, but it’s a bit more elevated with polished concrete floors,” Hayley says of the new space. “We wanted the new space to reflect the stage we are at as a business and create a nice place to meet – this is our level up.” And from all reports, the new space is a hit with the regulars. “A cafe isn’t something I’d normally describe as being beautiful, but this one is,” says Colin, one of Social Espresso’s daily customers.

With the increased space comes a brand-new food menu that includes some tasty toasties including ham, cheese and relish, and chicken, avocado and cheese, alongside bacon-and-egg rolls and pastries from Well Bread & Pastry and Fuel Bakehouse. You’ll also find a mouth-watering selection of pies from Mark’s Gourmet Pies, which if you’ve ever stumbled across at the Burleigh markets, you know is not your average Four’n Twenty variety. After repeated requests from gym-frequenting locals, they’ve also added a selection of smoothies including a collagen-infused berry glow and a choc-banana protein. In terms of the coffee, it’s largely business as usual, except there are some exciting new single origins on the horizon. The new HQ also features a small retail offering, where you will be able to browse some local wares including Burleigh Chilli Co alongside some fun new Social Espresso merch featuring their cute new mascot and slogan – damn fine coffee, which pretty much sums up everything you need to know about Social Espresso.

Social Espresso’s brand-new HQ is now open! Hit our Stumble Guide for opening times. 

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