Monthly Archives: August 2009

Bracegirdle’s – McLaren Vale, SA

Inside Oxenberry Farm Cellar Door Complex – 26 Kangarilla Rd, McLaren Vale

This place had been given a HUGE build up by a friend/brother/colleague of mine so I approached the experience with trepidation, fully expecting my expectations to be found wanting as is the case in so many coffee houses – boy was I wrong.   Well to begin with, its in McLaren Vale – the Barossa of the South – so already it is on the right track.  Bracegirdle’s is part of the Oxenberry Farm Cellar Door complex, so at one end of the room you have wine tasting (something I didn’t partake on this occasion – but must do in the future) and at the other end you have the coffee/chocolate of which Bracegirdles are famous for in SA.  The setting is beside a gently sloping grassed area which leads to a lake, surrounded by vines with views of the lower Adelaide Hills in the background…nice (or as they say in SA ‘Heaps Good!’)

Latte Quality – Excellent – good colour, good foam thickness and with a nice ‘leaf’ design on top – Bracegirdles are widely awarded for the quality and skill of their barristas.

Cost – $5.00 for a large mug – which is expensive, but the volume of said mug is expansive.

Coffee Supplier – I was informed that their coffee was produced inhouse – however, their website indicates that the coffee is source from a Melbourne Coffee company called Atomica.

Fair Trade – No.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – We were the only two there in the mid to late Wednesday afternoon – so a definite Yes.
  • Deep and Meaningful – again, Yes – see above.  There is also outdoor seating with views of the lake.
  • Study and Reflection – As long as it wasn’t school holidays and it was during the working week this would be a great place to do some quiet reflection and/or reading.  A great location for a personal retreat day!!

Café Lime gourmet foodstore – Goolwa, SA

Shop 1/11 Goolwa Terrace, Goolwa, SA, 5214

You may have guessed by the new location of the majority of the cafés, that I have recently moved house, and therefore have been on blogging (but not coffee) hiatus.  However, since moving I have visited this café twice and have been impressed both times.  On the first occasion I enjoyed a second breakfast, while  being interviewed by a reporter from ‘The Times’ and than last Friday, while suffering from Hermenutic constipation I ventured back.  Café Lime is easy to find spot, as it is just off the main street with Lime green latice work on the roof, and a lime green wall inside.  They are a highly awarded café (food and barrista), so perhaps worth a look next time you are visiting Goolwa.

Latte Quality – Good.  A little hot and strong I managed to scold my tongue, which altered my taste buds for the rest of the day.

Cost – $3.50 ($4.00 for large) – so on the high side, and the large really isn’t that large.

Coffee SupplierAmanti Coffee

Fair Trade – No. No mention in store, or on the Amanti website.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – The two times I have been in there, I would definitely say ‘Yes’
  • Deep and Meaningful – again, Yes – see above.
  • Study and Reflection – During the quiet times this would be a great place to hit the books – but I suspect it would be very busy around meal times, and during the school/summer holidays.
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