Grounds For Coffee – Mount Barker, SA
17 Walker Street, Mount Barker, SA, 5251
When I first moved to the existentially angsted (if that is not already a word, it should be….) Adelaide Hills, this was the first place I discovered that made ‘real’ coffee – and subsequently, it became for a season my ‘local’ coffee place. It was where I went for meetings with colleagues, with co-workers and with congregation members all who were in search of an ear to hear, and some caffeine to stimulate. Not sure whether this is a pro or a con for Grounds For Coffee, but it used to the regular coffee place of former Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexander Downer whose electoral office was around the corner. However, after some less than satisfactory coffee experiences there (nothing to do with Downer, I am sure), I drifted further afield, and so this morning was, in sorts, a return home. And don’t you just hate it when the memory and the reality as so far removed, as to be almost but not entirely indistinguishable from each other?
Latte Quality – Passable – a good looking foam, that only held up the raw sugar for about 8 seconds. The first sip made my face contort, like someone unsure about whether this lemon upon which I am sucking is sweet or sour, or both. The coffee was either very, very strong (I have blinked since, so….) or burnt. However, its (or my) palate improved, but even now, some two hours hence, I still have a less than pleasant taste in my mouth.
Cost – High – $3.50 for a ‘regular’ which in other places would be a small, or $4.00 for a ‘megalatte’ – which I ordered, and was perhaps my downfall.
Coffee Supplier – Their coffee machine and grinder are without label, but their signage and business cards indicate that Grounds For Coffee are coffee wholesalers as well as retailers.
Fair Trade – Is an option. You can purchase coffee by the bag, with two variations of Fair Trade Coffee available. To the best of my knowledge, this was the first Adelaide Hills Coffee place to sell Fair Trade.
Venue Suitable for:
- Quiet Chat – During the week this is a great place for a quiet deep and meaningful chat, as long as it doesn’t get too busy. The background music is a good combination of classical and easy listening, without those songs which get stuck in your head and demand of you, your solidarity in song.
- Deep and Meaningful –Great – see above.
- Study and Reflection – I went there today with the express (espresso?? – sorry) purpose of completing my sermon prep pre-reading, and it proved to be a more than suitable venue. Just a pity about the coffee.