‘How do you take your coffee?’
It’s a simple enough question, but one which consumes the Gold Coast, where coffee is recognised for its role in social engagement, leisure, enhancement of work performance and well-being.
Everyone, it seems, has their own preferred style of coffee.
From cappuccinos and short blacks to pour over, vacuum, drip filter and cold brew, coffee is the specialty in this cafe in The Kitchens.
“Crafted Coffee Co. runs on two levels, showing off the diversity and versatility of coffee, just like wine,” Svetlana Bitzios tells us, explaining how an upstairs area provides flow on from downstairs.
Owned and operated by two couples, Gary and Sara Clasen, Adrian Bitzios and his wife Svetlana, who run the roastery, eatery and retail shop between them, each owner with a different role.
With a background in coffee and as a barista, Gary is Head Roaster, sourcing coffee from six different countries and roasting in the PROBAT every Wednesday in the upstairs roastery. It’s this ‘coffee power’ that inspires the whole operation.
There’s also some symbiotic trade taking place with Crafted Coffee Co. supplying coffee to several venues in The Kitchens, Mark Daniels Patisserie supplying bread and macarons for Crafted Coffee Co. in return.
The day starts early in the downstairs kitchen where all the dishes are freshly made to order on site, the eggs free-range. There’s the flexibility to experiment and change the seasonal café-style menu, also catering for vegan, vegetarian, gluten and dairy free diners with options clearly marked on the menu.
The all-day breakfast carries many favourites, such as Avo smash, the signature Pulled pork bene, the Vego’s dream or sweet favourites such as French toast or Ricotta pancakes served with maple or espresso syrup. The Brekkie menu also includes brunch and lunch favourites of bowls, burgers, sandwiches and salads, as well as a range of light meals.
Maintaining coffee as the hero, there’s a choice of two blends: The Kitchens (a mellow caramel) and their Signature, with dark, chocolate fruity notes or of course a cold brew that’s been bottled on site and espresso martinis upstairs.
A range of sweet treats made fresh daily also feature Crafted Coffee Co’s signature blend as a key ingredient. From tiramisu or mocha macarons to vegan raw cakes, there’s a treat to pair with a Crafted coffee.
Spanning most of the hours that The Kitchens are open, Crafted Coffee Co. takes us on a food journey inspired by coffee. If you need a bit more buzz in your day, it’s well worth stopping in.
The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre, Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina Ph: 07 5562 5626
Open: Fri – Wed 7am – 5.30pm (Sun, Mon close 5pm), Thurs 7am – 7pm