INTO THE HILLS

In the hin­ter­land town of Maleny, perched high in the rolling green hills be­hind Queens­land’s famed Sun­shine Coast beaches, vil­lage life starts early. On Maple Street, crisp moun­tain air min­gles with the aroma of cof­fee and friendly chat­ter is ex­changed along­side fresh pro­duce di­rect from the farm gate. [...]

In ei­ther direc­tion you’ll find home­made cakes, ar­ti­san soaps and cafés snip­ping herbs from the gar­den to toss through spring sal­ads. Along with the slow grown and vine-ripened there are wood turn­ers, glass blow­ers, au­thors and artists. [...]

The com­mon thread is an un­mis­tak­able bo­hemian spirit that has seen the town be­come a shin­ing ex­am­ple of what a pros­per­ous co-op­er­a­tive com­mu­nity looks like. “Maleny has al­ways been a spe­cial place,” says Kelly Rob­son, owner of Shot­gun Espresso. “Peo­ple here re­ally care about the food they eat and sup­port­ing lo­cal grow­ers.” After two decades work­ing as a barista in the area, Kelly opened her own café in 2014 with her hus­band Adrian An­der­son. “It was some­thing I’d wanted to do for ages — when both the kids had fin­ished school it seemed like a good time,” says Kelly, whose son Jack, 19, and daugh­ter In­dia, 21, helped get things started. Kelly and In­dia now run the café to­gether and love that the cus­tomers care about the prod­uct as much as they do. “We put a lot of ef­fort into sourc­ing our pro­duce,” says Kelly, whose menu uses free-range eggs, grass-fed beef and lo­cal honey.

A gar­den out the back sup­plies the kitchen with herbs, salad greens and veg­eta­bles. “This in­dus­try can be quite waste­ful,” says Kelly of the hos­pi­tal­ity busi­ness. “We re­ally try to do ev­ery­thing we can to min­imise our im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.” An eco-con­scious ap­proach and strong sense of prove­nance ex­tends be­yond the menu, the café’s in­te­rior is dec­o­rated with a mélange of sec­ond­hand finds and lo­cally made pottery. “I’ve al­ways loved op-shop­ping and col­lect­ing,” says Kelly. “I wanted the space to feel like my home — as though I am hav­ing my clos­est friends over for tea.” 

Country Style (Nov 2017)

 

8 ESSENTIAL BRUNCH SPOTS ON THE SUNSHINE COAST

SHOTGUN ESPRESSO

“When talking ‘bout the best cafés in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, this list would not be complete without mentioning Shotgun Espresso. If we owned a hinterland abode, this is how we’d want it to look—mismatched furniture, indoor plants galore, and teeming with good food that’s been lovingly prepared. Using only free-range meats and eggs, if you’re a foodie with a conscience this Maleny joint should be your next port of call. What do we recommend? All of da crepes! And the zucchini and cauliflower fritters topped with poached eggs and mint yoghurt, oh baby, oh baby. Did we mention these guys offer an all-day breakfast and an all-day lunch menu? Well, we have now!”

Metropolist (Sunshine Coast)

 

TOP BREKKIE SPOTS ON THE SUNNY COAST

SHOTGUN ESPRESSO

Opening its doors almost two and a half years ago, Shotgun Espresso is a gorgeous little eatery nestled amongst the rolling hills of Maleny.

Everything on the menu is healthy and has been ethically sourced, including free range meats (RSPCA approved) and eggs, herbs and vegetables hand-picked from the owner’s garden –avoiding non-ethical products wherever possible.

From bubble and squeak to crispy corn fritters, this is quaint café with a French twist in the Sunshine Coast hinterland is a must-do – rain, hail or shine!

We recommend: Pain Perdu (French toast) – sliced baguette French toast with a choice of bacon, maple syrup and crushes pecans or pear, raspberry and blueberry spiced compote and mascarpone.

LIVE SUNSHINE COAST

 

THE FOODIES GUIDE TO THE SUNSHINE COAST

SHOTGUN ESPRESSO

This has got to be one of the cutest little cafes on the Sunshine Coast. From the front it looks like a teenie rustic espresso bar, but it’s so much more than that. Follow the signs to ‘The Secret Garden’ and you will be treated to one of the sweetest dining areas. Think a combination of the interior of a greenhouse & a collection of grandma’s trendiest knick knacks. The real perk to Shotgun Espresso is the organic and locally sourced produce – you can really taste the quality difference. It was also pretty cool to see the chef come out to the garden to pick the herbs for our meals.

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