It’s back! We cyclists love our coffee, so it seems fitting as caffeine connoisseurs that we should honour our beloved stops by crowning one of them our favourite. We’re proud to give you Cyclist Coffee Stop of the Year 2015…

Introducing our top 10 finalists…

Bay Ten Espresso

Lavender Bay, NSW baytenespresso.com.au

It may only be six months young, but Bay Ten Espresso has garnered a following among Sydney cyclists. Sitting adjacent to the bike lane, which is the last point before you cross the Harbour Bridge, you’ll find Bay Ten in a large, urban warehouse, sharing the space with The Body Mechanic. With plenty of open space, finding a safe spot for your bike – whether on the wall or by your table – is no issue. Another perk is the coffee. White Horse Roasters supplies the beans that make up the Black Magic blend that is only sold at Bay Ten. Whether it’s cold drip, espresso or cold brew that you want, Bay Ten serves it.

Brown Cow

Hampton, VIC browncowcafe.com.au

The loyal customers of Brown Cow Cafe have voted it back into our top 10 finalists list for its second consecutive year. Brown Cow is crowded with riding groups all week long. ‘When I first started working at Brown Cow Cafe I was surprised by the lycra buzz around here,’ says manager Katie De Leeus. ‘Because we have such a large space it’s a magnet for cyclists and their bikes, plus there’s the good food and coffee – and a cyclist boss, which also helps.’ So loved by its two-wheel riding customers, Brown Cow even has its own kit, which locals wear proudly.

Cafe Corsair

Black Rock, VIC

304 Beach Road

Real estate agents aren’t wrong when they say it’s all about ‘location, location, location.’ Cafe Corsair sits in the centre of Victoria’s cycling mecca, Black Rock, and owner George Hamilton has his Beach Road spot to thank for his strong cyclist following. ‘Apart from our excellent coffee, it helps that we are right on Beach Road, where about 7,000 cyclists pass through over Saturday and Sunday alone,’ he says. Not only does it serve a great cup of coffee, but it is also a fully stocked bike store. While waiting for your coffee, do some window shopping or stock up on some essentials.

Cafe Racer

St Kilda, VIC caferacerstkilda.com

Cafe Racer is an icon of Australian cycling.
It has been a place where cyclists meet before and after their morning ride for 20 years, becoming a fundamental part of Melbourne’s vibrant cycling culture. Currently run by Jim Noutsis, a nine-time Ironman and cycling fanatic, Cafe Racer serves Genovese Coffee Super Brazil blend and home-style egg and bacon or muesli breakfast choices to sustain local athletes.  If you look around the walls you’ll see framed photos, jerseys, surfboards and heaps of other items scattered amongst the place that are a testament to its long history.

Cog Bike Cafe

Warburton, VIC cogbikecafe.com.au

Back for a second year in a row, Cog Bike Cafe – half bike shop, half coffee stop – is a cyclist rescue point. ‘Before we set up shop here there wasn’t a personal bike shop around,’ says owner Doug Greenall. ‘We’re right on the 40km rail trail, so it was surprising nobody was servicing bikes. We’re a bread-and-butter kind of shop. Locals man the floors. Our menu is all organic, as is our coffee, which is from a local town – Lilydale,’ says Doug. Set in the country but just an hour’s drive from Melbourne CBD, Cog Bike is surrounded by some thigh-punishing hills – so you’ll have to work to get there.

Jaxx Espresso

Ellenbrock, WA

Shop 1/11 Main Street

The menu and the cafe are small, but good things do come in small packages. Jaxx Espresso may have a handful of breakfast selections, but that in no way hinders its quality. You can’t go wrong with the scrambled eggs and avocado or smoked salmon and poached breakfast to refuel you. One thing that the team at Jaxx hasn’t scaled back on is the coffee menu. It has everything from its signature Jaxx Iced Coffee to the classic affogato and doppio. All options pack a punch and produce a strong drop. This stop is one for the classic coffee lovers.

Juliette’s

Townsville, QLD juliettes.com.au

Juliette’s is your one-stop shop for coffee, sweets and gelato, and if you’re after a quick sugar and caffeine fix after your weekend ride, it will not disappoint.
Located in always-sunny Townsville, the fun-flavoured gelato – among the array of flavours is banoffee pie, jaffa and violet crumble – is a saving grace for cyclists during the steamy summer season. With its waterfront location and always good Di Bella coffee, it’s no surprise that Juliette’s is a favourite among local riders.

Il Cafe Marocchino

Maroubra, NSW

779 Anzac Parade

Il Cafe Marocchino opens before six in the morning, which means you can grab your Di Lorenzo caffeine fix before your ride – a perk for many early risers and a rarity among coffee stops. In saying that, it also means the place is surrounded by bikes and their riders for most of the morning. The menu is also worth making a visit for. Il Cafe Marocchino serves up a huge range of tasty meals from steak and cheese pies to chicken schnitzel sandwiches.

MySweetopia

Brisbane, QLD mysweetopia.com.au

Home-baked goods are the stars of this small Brisbane cafe. The fruit and nut toast, served heavy with cinnamon, has become a MySweetopia signature. ‘But there is something else that gets the riders pouring in. One day as a treat we drew a bike on a cyclist’s coffee with chocolate syrup, and slowly more and more customers started requesting coffees with bikes drawn on them,’ says owner Irene Lee. ‘Now our customers ask for names, bikes, special messages and pictures drawn on their coffees on a daily basis.’

Sweet Bean Cafe

New Lambton, NSW

116 Hobart Road

Customers would say Sweet Bean Cafe is as a much a clubhouse as it is a cafe. Newcastle cyclists young and old, fill the cafe on most days. It even hosts its own rides with customers. Peaberry Gourmet Coffee beans fill the coffee chamber and are freshly ground per order. The menu is filled with hearty options; home-style burgers too big to fit in both hands have become a crowd favourite, as has the welcoming nature to all cyclists and their bikes.

How to vote

It’s simple, fill in the form below.

ENTER HERE

What you get out of it

Well, in addition to giving your stop some well-deserved love and setting
it on the road to glory, when it comes to our final shortlist – which will be printed in the next edition of Cyclist – everybody who votes gets the chance to win a whole stack of goodies.

Major prize

Custom Astir titanium bike 

Value $6,500

Classically styled with all the benefits of contemporary materials and modern frame building technology, Astir titanium bicycles are made to last – and look damn good too! The lucky winner will be given free reign to choose from the 3AL/2.5V (Grade 9) Ti tubing range of Astir framesets before hanging their favoured parts off the bike to the value of $6,500.

Coffee - Bike prize

Minor prizes

Custom MyBonts 

$579 value

One foot a half-size bigger than the other? Can never find a pair of cycling shoes with your favourite colours? Bont have the solution: My Bonts. Choose from three models – Vaypor, Vaypor + or Zero+ – and design your own pair of custom-made cycling shoes to suit your taste and finish it off with your name embroidered on the heel.

Coffee - PBont prize

Lazer LifeBEAM helmet

$299 value

Say goodbye to chest straps and hello to Lazer’s LifeBEAM helmet. Not only will the helmet help prevent injury in case of a fall, but the integrated heart rate monitor also tracks your progress and allows you to see how hard you’re working on your ride via your smartphone application.

Coffee- Lazer Helmet

Good Fuel Co. voucher 

$200 value

Whether you like your energy bars soft and fruity, chewy with chunks or nutty and crunchy, Good Fuel Co. is your one-stop shop.  Gluten-free, non-GMO, soy-free and guilt-free, these all-natural energy bars will have you refuelled and ready to take on the next climb in no time.

Coffee - Good fuel

1-year subscription to Cyclist 

$60 value

Receive a free one-year subscription to Australia’s premium cycling magazine.
From the ultimate rides to the latest gear and interviews with the cycling world’s biggest names, Cyclist is the road cycling magazine you won’t be able to put down.

What the coffee stop gets out of it

Not only does it get the accolade of being the inaugural winner of the Cyclist Coffee Stop of the Year – (something to tell the grandkids about!), but it’ll also feature in issue 14 of Cyclist and cyclist.com.au, as well as receiving a bespoke trophy to place in-store. It’ll also get a whole load of new cycling admirers.

The deadlines

Votes must be made by March 13, 2015. The winning coffee shop will be announced in the coming edition of Cyclist, on sale 9 April.

Terms and Conditions of competition:
1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Conditions of Entry. Entry into this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Conditions of Entry. Entry is via http://www.cyclist.com.au/competitions
2. Entry is free and open to residents worldwide, aged 18 years or older who complete, in full, the entry form available during the promotional period. Employees and immediate families of the Promoter and suppliers, providers and agencies associated with this promotion are ineligible to enter.
3. The promotion commences 19-Feb-2015 at 9am (AEST, Australian Eastern Standard Time) and closes 13-March-2015 at 11.59pm (AEST, Australian Eastern Standard Time). To enter the promotion, eligible entrants must complete the entry form available during the promotional period.
4. To be eligible, entrants must become part of the Cyclist Magazine Facebook community by liking the page. Entrants can only enter in their own name. The Promoter, Cyclist Magazine, reserves the right to request proof of residency at the stated address and identification for verification (to the Promoter’s satisfaction in its discretion) before issuing the prize. Incomplete or incomprehensible entries will be deemed invalid. Entries containing and/or depicting illegal, sexually explicit or morally or racially offensive content will be ineligible to win. The Promoter’s decision to disqualify an entry is final and no correspondence will be entered into. No responsibility will be taken for lost, late or misdirected entries. Entrants may enter as many times as they like for the duration of the competition.
5. The winners will be chosen by a Cyclist Magazine representative on the 30-March-2015 at Cyclist Magazine Level 4, 74 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010. The winners will be notified by email following the judging (within a week). Their name and entry will be published via our social networks. In the event that the prize notification email is returned as undeliverable, such prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected from all remaining (non-winning) eligible entries. Names of the winners (first name, last initial and city/state of residence) may also be announced on Facebook.
6. The Promoter may award the prize to the second chosen entry if the prize remains unclaimed within a 1 month period after the prize notification email is sent. In the event of any winner in the unclaimed prize judging, the winner will be notified by email.
7. Prize is non-refundable and non-transferable.
8. The prize is valued up to what is listed above (Recommended Retail Price including GST). The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any variation in the prize value. Prize, or any unused portion of the prize, is not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash.
9. In the event of war, terrorism, state of emergency, disaster or any other circumstance beyond the control of the Promoter, the Promoter reserves the right to either provide an alternative travel destination to the same value as the original prize or, subject to any applicable laws or written directions made under applicable legislation, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion.
10. The Promoter will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for any personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with the prize except for any liability, which cannot be excluded by law. The Promoter will not be responsible for any incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete information communicated in the course of or in connection with this promotion if the deficiency is occasioned by any cause outside the reasonable control of the Promoter including without limitation technical malfunctions or failures.
11. If for any reason this promotion is not capable of running as planned because of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of the Promoter which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this promotion, the Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion subject to any written directions under applicable legislation. The Promoter also reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who the Promoter has reason to believe has breached any of these conditions, or engaged in any unlawful or other improper misconduct calculated to jeopardise the fair and proper conduct of the promotion. The Promoter’s legal rights to recover damages or other compensation from such an offender are reserved.
12. The Promoter is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participants or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation in or down-loading any materials in this promotion.
13. All entries and any copyright subsisting in the entries become and remain the property of the Promoter. The Promoter collects contact information about entrants in order to contact them about the promotion and where appropriate award prizes and may also use the information to assist the Promoter in improving goods and services and to contact entrants in the future with special offers via any medium including mail and commercial electronic messages. If you do not provide the information, you cannot participate.
14. The laws of Australia apply to this promotion to the exclusion of any other law. Entrants submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Australia.

Comments