When MAMILs know where the good coffee is at!
Mamil (or MAMIL) is an acronym and a pejorative term for a "middle-aged man in lycra" – that is, men who ride an expensive racing bicycle for leisure, while wearing body-hugging jerseys and bicycle shorts.
Not to be generalising that only men are taking up this sport later in life, some clever poppets on the message boards suggest MAMIL could actual stand for Middle Aged MORTALS in Lycra to ensure the ladies in lycra are covered also.
We have all seen them congregating at street-side coffee shops and - fun fact – turns out these guys actually know where the good brews are at! So, we spoke to an obsessive road biker about his favourite pit stops for that morning ride.
If you are looking for like-minded individuals, give these places a go OR take this list as some hot tips for amazing coffee, incredible pastries and breakfast options that really fill the gap!
Long Jetty - Green Tangerine
This traditional French style bakery come coffee shop serves Sydney boutique roasters, The Little Marionette. You will find yourself on a cross street with good kerbside appeal and the inside is usually all a buzz with the café serving great freshly made, artisanal food.
Address: 393 The Entrance Rd, Long Jetty
Toowoon Bay - Two birds gallery cafe
This quirky café based on the corner in Toowoon Bay serves Toby’s Estate and hearty brunches. The café /gallery/store is home to beautiful keep cups, art, candles and bakery items. Great outdoor seating options allow you to enjoy the fresh air and stretch your legs before the next session!
Address: 104 Pacific St, Toowoon Bay
West Gosford - Legends Coffee
This unexpected find in the industrial area of West Gosford is actually an amazing Central Coast independent Coffee Roaster, which doubles as a Café with plenty of street space. They’re serve using their own beans (which you can buy to take home), with some sweet pastries to sustain you the rest of the way.
Address: 4/401 Manns Rd, West Gosford
Gosford – Bouffant
This ‘grab and go’ style location offers an array of pastries, sweet treats, and breads from as little as $1.50. You can also walk out with a traditional European style croissant and quality coffee for just five bucks.
Address: 38 Mann St, Gosford
Terrigal – Freestate
Serving Ona Coffee, this place delivers strong, consistent coffee every time. Their bulletproof coffee is also something to return for if that is your thing. There are tables on offer on the kerb, however you will be more than tempted to cross the road and enjoy the coffee (and maybe one of those raw slices…yum!) beachside.
Address: 42 Terrigal Esplanade, Terrigal
Wamberal - Malibu
A stone's-throw from Wamberal Beach, in the heart of Ocean View Road, this is the perfect pit spot for some sea breeze strong coffee and tasty bites. Why not refuel with the Superfood breakfast bowl or one of the many sweet treats available on the counter. With plenty of room outside your bike is also welcome.
Address: Corner of Ocean view Drive and, Dover Rd, Wamberal
Toukley – RISE Mofo
Arriving at this kerbside small peek-a-boo styled café, you are met with a bright, full wall mural telling you that “You’re always the best part of my day” – and you know what if you’ve just been on a ride for 20km this coffee and miso mushroom toastie maybe the best part of your day.
Address: 3/327 Main Rd, Toukley