SUPER SERVICE: Lamkin Lane Espresso Bar in Caloundra has been named the third best cafe in Australia according by review app Beanhunter. Staff members Tilly Sproule, manager Christina Salvaterra and Lee Hodgkins are rapt with the status.
SUPER SERVICE: Lamkin Lane Espresso Bar in Caloundra has been named the third best cafe in Australia according by review app Beanhunter. Staff members Tilly Sproule, manager Christina Salvaterra and Lee Hodgkins are rapt with the status. Patrick Woods

The coffee spot on the Coast that's got the nation talking

TURNS out confessed "coffee snobs" are right at home on the Coast now we've officially got 13 of the best cafes in Australia.

Coffee review app Beanhunter has revealed Australia's top 100 cafes for 2014 and the Sunshine Coast held its own among the biggest and trendiest cities in the country.

Using account reviews, page views, photos, favourites and user credibility the app selected the list from more than 13,000 cafes.

Knowing this, Tim Adams from Lamkin Lane Espresso Bar was a little shocked to find his cafe in the top three.

The Caloundra business ranked third behind Brisbane's LTD Espresso and Melbourne's Patricia.

It was also named the best cafe on the Sunshine Coast for the second year in a row.

Mr Adams thought it was not a bad effort for a cafe open for only two years.

"It took us about five months to make the top spot on the Coast and we've held that for a 12-month period now," he said.

"I didn't think it would take off so quickly.

"I'm humbled by it every day considering our location... we're one of those hidden-away cafes."

Mr Adams attributed experienced baristas and high-quality coffee to Lamkin's success.

"We're all coffee professionals and only hire people invested in the industry; it's helped to create a high standard," he said.

Offering six roast options and cold press it is no surprise the cafe is the name on everyone's lips.

Regular customer Michael Hallam said he chose Lamkin Lane as his coffee spot because its brew was unbeatable.

"The best coffee ever and the consistency is number one," he said. "Well-deserved recognition."

Administration worker Kim Roberts said she did not mind spending $5.50 on skinny cap every day with the Lamkin staff because of their top service.

"They know who you are and always remember what you want. It's refreshing," she said.

"I go there every day and sometimes I'll get two if I have an early start. My husband also gets coffee there."

With 12 other Sunshine Coast cafes also making the list including Maroochydore's The Hidden Bean (6) and Buderim's The Birds & The Bees (11), Mr Adams said he welcomed solid competition.

"Four years ago you could probably name three cafes where you could get an

unbelievable coffee here, now you can name more than 20 so the standard has definitely risen," he said.

"Our community is getting behind really good coffee shops and there's a lot more education now so these people who do open cafes actually know what they're doing."

Lamkin Lane Espresso Bar is at 31 Lamkin Lane, Caloundra.



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