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So you have a coffee addiction and you’re wondering what you can do to feed it? This is for all you coffee drinkers who need to indulge your passion – coffee.

There are plenty of options for you to choose from, whether your idea of a great time is exploring some coffee plantations or just drinking coffee.

Over the years, Cairns has come a long way in its coffee shop offerings.

Coffee Shops

With a wide range of coffee shops catering to varied needs, you’ll definitely find one that has the right ambience to fit your mood. You’ll also find the baristas in most of these cafes great, and mostly so is the service.

Whether you’re looking to sip on a macchiato, have a good old cappuccino, or try out the flat white coffee, you won’t be disappointed.

You can even have a look at our coffee shop guide for some of the best cafés around Cairns.

One or more of these great suggestions will support your coffee addiction!

Who ever heard of a coffee shop guide?

If you're like me, you'll have to feed your coffee addiction pretty soon after you arrive in Cairns. So, if that's the case, you want a good coffee shop to go to.

You most likely checked out all the necessary details – hotels to stay in, tours to take, restaurants that serve great food, things to do around Cairns, etc, but you probably couldn't find much on where to get a great cup of coffee.

Like most coffee people, I’m sure you also want to know the options that are available to you around town to feed your coffee addiction. Whether you’re looking for regular cafés, drive thru coffee shops or specialty coffee shops, in this coffee shop guide you’ll find all the places you need to visit for your much needed shot of caffeine!

So these are my top ten, in no particular order...

  • Candy
  • Dolce And Caffe
  • Fusion Allergy Free Cafe
  • Dolce & Caffe
  • Industry One
  • Jamaica Blue Coffee
  • Macaroons
  • Mama Coco's
  • Muzz Buzz
  • Tosca Trattoria

At Skybury Plantation

Going to the Source

Close your eyes and think about it.

Where does coffee come from?

Is it vast open fields of heaven that are responsible for this out-of-the-world drink?

If you make your way up to Mareeba in the Atherton Tablelands, you’ll find that it’s not far from where you imagined.

Spread out over 300 acres, the Skybury Coffee Plantation is the oldest producing coffee plantation in Australia.

Take their Plantation Tour to witness the magic that goes from the time the seeds are sowed to the time critics taste the different types of coffee to feed your coffee addiction. Oh did I mention that the critics tasting the coffee will be you and your friends?

That’s right you get to experience ‘cupping’ the way it’s done right!

The plantation also has a tropical fruit farm that offers fruit tasting to offer something fresh to your taste-buds. When you’re done with the tours, you can take a leisurely walk around the plantation and get to the café for some really great lunches served along with great coffee!

Since there is no such thing as too much coffee, you can also stock up on different coffees from the Skybury store. Since you’re purchasing the coffee right from the plantation, you’ll find that the coffee prices are reasonable and that even their superior coffee is quite affordable.

A few other smaller coffee farms are dotted around the Tablelands, such as Maloberti's.

It's just below Skybury and much less impressive. When you drive in, you'll be greeted by dozens of chooks.

Follow the small makeshift signs to the shed and there is the coffee sales hub. They also conduct tours on a small scale, showing you the ins and outs of coffee making and give you some general coffee facts.

Don't be fooled by the amateurish way this little family run farm does things. Their coffee is superb and a whole lot cheaper than their larger counterparts.

You definitely don't have to drive far around the Tablelands to find great coffee to support this coffee addiction of yours.

View from Skybury Plantation

A Parting Taste

Whether you visited the Skybury Coffee Plantation and can’t get the flavorful taste out of your mind or you couldn’t manage to make it there at all, you can still get a taste of the great coffee.

As you find yourself leaving and making your way through the Cairns International Airport from the domestic terminal, steal a few moments to grab a cup at the Skybury Café.

You can also buy your stock of coffee from here.

A Coffee Museum?

Another well known place to go to is the Coffee World Museum at Coffee Works. It has a large collection of facilities used over the ages for coffee and tea making. You can even admire the first ever espresso machine here!

With just $19 as the entry fee, you get to taste 21 types of coffee apart from all the coffee memorabilia on display. This tribute to coffee will surely keep anyone with a coffee addiction satisfied.

If you have a chocolate addiction as well, then this place is for you! While tasting all the coffee's, they accompany them with some delicious homemade chocolate.

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