Coffee, art, music and flavour
It’s the perfect blend of colourful laneway vibes, cool tunes and that laid back charm that you usually only find in the tropics.
Here food and coffee are served with passion and every element on your plate has a crucial role to play, creating harmony through contrasts of colour and flavour.
Caffiend is a hidden gem much loved by Cairns locals, and sought after by weary travellers, hungry for a taste of the now-iconic café tucked away in vibrant Graffiti Alley.
The creation of the passionate foodie, coffee connoisseur and self-confessed ‘caffiend’, James Oliver, it also stands as a pioneer of the budding laneway café and bar scene in Cairns.
A long communal table invites diners to share a meal with friends, or make new ones, while the corner lounges are perfect for business meetings, or lovers enjoying a lazy start to a steamy Cairns day. And on weekends the artful laneway comes alive with casual alfresco dining, crate style.
With a generous breakfast menu available until midday, Caffiend is a favourite spot for a late brekky. And if you’re running on tropics time and 12 isn’t late enough, there’s an equally tempting lunch menu starring a few breakfast items and daily specials.
Available all day is Caffiend’s signature dish, the Chilli Eggs featuring two poached eggs smothered in a sumptuous house-made chilli jam slow-cooked over four days.
It’s served on locally baked sourdough, or gluten-free toast by request, with a side of the refreshingly sweet and sour Pickled Cucumber Slaw. And you can upgrade to an even bigger breakfast with optional avocado and local bacon sourced from the nearby Tablelands.
The Salmon Brekky is also a hit with the hungry, with smoked salmon on smashed avocado toast and two poached eggs, topped with beetroot relish, horseradish cream and the house slaw.
Seasonal and local produce is revered at Caffiend, right down to the locally grown micro-herbs garnishing every dish. And of course, Caffiend’s own coffee label, The Tattooed Sailor Coffee Roasters, with a range of premium Ethiopian and Brazilian blends and single origins, all roasted in Cairns.
Coffee is where this all started for James, who poured his first espresso at the age of nine in his father’s restaurant. It was the beginning of a life-long love affair with food, flavour and coffee that has seen him work in award-winning restaurants across Australia and travel the world in search of the perfect beans.
His food philosophies, international travels and passion for coffee have blended seamlessly together to create Caffiend, and a culture all its own.
by Michelle Dryburgh
Michelle Dryburgh experienced the Caffiend Chilli Eggs [$15.90] with optional Bacon and Avocado [$7], and the Salmon Brekky [$24], plus a large Cappuccino [$4.90]
t: (07) 4051 5522
a: 78 Grafton Street, Cairns