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
“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!”
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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.
THE FOODIES GUIDE TO THE SUNSHINE COAST
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.