Background Barista

Cafes & Restaurants

About Background Barista

"If you were to ask what really warms our cockles about the Gold Coast’s exploding hospitality scene, it would be this: The growing number of respected, well-established, hands-on cafe and restaurant owners, who are so heavily invested and trusted in the future of the Coast, that they are opening second, third, sometimes even fourth venues. That, or they’re constantly expanding, tweaking and reinventing themselves to keep up with our ever-rising expectations.

These guys have nailed their formula, know the local market intimately, and have deservedly garnered a loyal clientele base who’ll follow them wherever they go. They are Gold Coast’s hospitality royalty who’re carrying our fair city into a new era of awesomeness.

One such power duo is Liz Ennis and Dean Hyland, founders of Palm Beach’s OG cafe Barefoot (Barista) and Burleigh’s Borough (Barista). Just this week these home-grown legends have added another family member to the fold, launching Background (Barista) in Mermaid Beach’s busy retail complex—right next door to Poke Poke.

Channelling everything they’ve learned over the years, paired with some solid research trips to Melbourne and Sydney, they’ve created a sleek and understated city CBD-style cafe unlike anything else on the Coast, while maintaining their signature detail and personality.

From the (50) shades of grey in the buffed concrete floors, rendered concrete ceiling, polished stone tiles, overflowing planter boxes, custom island bench with wifi and power points for laptop slaves, and a Blackbutt wood artwork piece suspended from the roof bringing warmth while tying everything together.

They’re justly proud to have purpose-built the Coast’s finest new barista ‘office’. Complete with a schmick i-milk dispenser, which sensor measures each cup pre-heating (no more wastage!), plus temperature controlled water heaters and scales to maintain uniformity every step of the way when preparing complex and full-bodied single origin AeroPress cuppas. Here coffee runs in their veins and it’s the passion and staunch consistency in their brews that sees coffee-lovers following them all over town."

- The Urban List

Background Barista Gallery

Trading Hours

Monday Open
06:00 to 16:00
Tuesday Open
06:00 to 16:00
Wednesday Open
06:00 to 16:00
Thursday Open
18:00 to 16:00
Friday Open
06:00 to 16:00
Saturday Open
07:00 to 15:00
Sunday Open
07:00 to 15:00


2379 Gold Coast Highway
Mermaid Beach 4218

Contact Us

Phone Number
0488 330 468
Mobile Number
0488 330 468
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