And the winner is… Honour Espresso. The votes have been counted, and this year’s Cyclist Coffee Stop of the Year is Honour Espresso in Graceville, Brisbane. Cyclist stopped by for a visit.

It takes a special kind of cafe to be nominated, let alone take out the top prize as Cyclist’s Coffee Stop of the Year. Firstly, they have to welcome cyclists with open arms – along with their dirt covered bikes and damp lycra. Secondly, they have to serve a pretty darn good cup of joe at an ungodly hour of the morning. And lastly, they must have a menu that matches their high-quality coffee. Ticking all the right boxes, we’re thrilled to introduce you to 2016’s Cyclist Coffee Stop of the Year: Honour Espresso.

Located in Graceville, just a 20-minute drive from Brisbane’s CBD, Honour Espresso has garnered quite the following with the local cycling community – and it’s not hard to see why. Open from 6am daily, you’ll find husband-and-wife team/owners Lui and Angie behind the coffee machine greeting their customers with a friendly smile.

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‘My wife has a huge personality and we just like to have a laugh with all our  customers,’ says Lui. Knowing most customer’s names, coffee orders and even cycling routes by heart, there’s a real sense of community at Honour. In March, to celebrate Honour’s fifth anniversary, Lui and Angie spent the day paying it back to their loyal customers by giving away free coffee for the day.

‘We really do have an awesome group of customers. We appreciate all their support,’ Lui says. ‘So when we can, we like to give something back to them.’

But there’s a special group of customers that like to visit, bright and early: cyclists. While some cafes see cyclists as a bit of a nuisance, Honour Espresso embraces its two-wheeled customers.

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‘We make it easy for our cycling groups,’ says Lui. ‘On Tuesdays and Thursday’s Graceville Bike Shop, just down the road from us, brings in around 50-70 riders. It gets a bit chaotic, but we just pull together some tables, make room for the bikes on the side, and ensure the coffee is strong and hot and that we feed them all.’

The menu is made up of delicious meals that are always welcomed by health-conscious cyclists. Smashed avocado with Persian feta on sourdough and the Field mushrooms are a popular choice for riders on most mornings, especially those who are quick to eat on the go. There’s also homemade protein balls for those who need to refuel while they get a start on their day.

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If you’re not so worried about the waistline, Honour’s in-house pastry chef will tempt you with treats you won’t be able to resist. There’s cake slices, muffins and biscuits, but for the ultimate sweet treat, you’re best to pay a visit on Saturday. Lui’s mother visits on the weekend with her Italian recipe in hand to make her famous ricotta doughnuts. Think a sugar-covered, jam-filled doughnut – just swap out the jam for ricotta.

Mouth-watering, we know. So take it from our readers: try them yourself and pay a visit to our very deserving Coffee Stop of the Year 2016, Honour Espresso.

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AND OUR OTHER COFFEE STOP FINALISTS

(in no particular order)

1 Bay Ten Espresso, Lavender Bay, NSW
baytenespresso.com.au
Housed in a large, industrial warehouse, it has gathered a loyal list of Sydney cyclists

2 Jaxx Espresso Ellenbrock, WA
jaxxespressobar.com
‘Every customer should walk out thinking it’s the best coffee they’ve had,’ says the owner

3 MySweetopia Brisbane, QLD
mysweetopia.com.au
If cakes and home-baked goods are what fuels you, this is where you want to be

4 BarCycle Walsh Bay, NSW
barcycle.com.au
Bikes, ocean views, coffee and an old-school cycling pro: not a bad combination

5 Mad Cowes Cafe and Foodstore Phillip Island, VIC
madcowescafe.com.au
As good a location as you can imagine: on the Esplanade of Cowes, Phillip Island

6 Bay Merchants Albany, WA
baymerchants.com.au
Sponsors of the Albany Cycle Club, so they know a thing or two about our needs…

7 Bogota Coffee Mascot, NSW
bogotacoffee.com.au
Over a dozen blends from countries around the world – including, of course, Colombia

8 The Hub Espresso Bar and Eatery Bathurst, NSW
thehubbathurst
The perfect refuelling station after hitting some of the country’s most beautiful rollers

9 Diggies Wollongong, NSW
diggies.com.au
The heart and soul of North Wollongong, located in a heritage-listed building

THE LIST OF PRIZE WINNERS

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