ok this thread needs a good update - couple of places that should have been mentioned, the gold coast is not a dirty word when it comes to coffee (anymore at least!)
Surfers: black coffee lyrics is better than anything else in the area; only place worth going to in surfers (most GC locals steer clear of surfers anyway)
Broadbeach: no name lane on elizabeth st
Barista: Adam is the main barista and a boss (and i think, the boss as well?) pulls consistent amazing shots.
Decor: a funny little place, upmarket slick and small layout with limited food (but who cares its about coffee right?)
Mermaid: govs espresso on the GC highway
Barista: Renton is the main barista; always consistent and careful; pulls amazing shots.
Decor: big old messy house, antiques and old furniture and a huge sandpit/kids are out the back. a weird place to find gourmet coffee, its usually quiet.
Burleigh: Canteen espresso just off James St.
Barista: all the lads here are very good, great unique shots and excellent milk work.
Decor: small, dark and industrial, a row of old theatre seats and limited table space outside.
Campos is becoming a bit mainstream here now - personally im not a huge fan but is it a cut above the majority:
there are a few cafe's that absolutely butcher the campos coffee though..... maybe i got unlucky with baristas or bad days or whatever but two in particular - barefoot barista in palm beach and commune just off the highway in burleigh - been to both of these places several times and been thoroughly dissapointed with the coffee every time - i just order juice or tea if i go back these days.
a funny little shopping centre cafe out at Benowa has done the best campos for me - a great double ristretto from the boss there that reminds me of the quality campos i first tasted in the valley in brisbane... shame its in the middle of nowhere.
barista borough on the esplanade at burleigh do good things with the campos blend also - been there twice and found it a cut above.
plenty of quality coffee to be had on the goldy these days!