Monthly Archives: January 2010

Mooi Espresso – Mitcham, SA

Kiosk 52 Mitcham Square, 119 Belair Road, Mitcham, SA, 5062

I have had a few coffees here over the years – most often before heading up to the cinema, so I thought it about time that a review was done. Located in an ‘open space’ within the trendy ‘Mitcham Square‘ shopping centre, Mooi is a kiosk based café that does all your café style foods and beverages – an offers a loyalty program to boot!  Aesthetically it is very similar to a Cibos – which is most likely a positive reflection upon that chain of coffee shops.

Latte Quality – Good – certainly wasn’t a bad coffee, but likewise didn’t knock my socks off.

Cost – $4.10 for a medium – which is expensive

Coffee Supplier – Unknown.

Fair Trade – No.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – Yes, the tables are far enough apart to allow for this – and while it is in the centre of a shopping centre, I have never seen Mitcham Square that busy.
  • Deep and Meaningful – again, Yes – see above.
  • Study and Reflection – I do not see why not.  Probably best to avoid the lunch time crowds, but it would be a good spot to grab a coffee, a table and a good book.

Coffee and Religion…

During my first ministry back in Melbourne, I was told, in all honesty that ‘coffee was crack for Christians’ – and I guess when you considered that we almost could not meet nor conduct a meeting without it, that may have not been to far from the truth.

For Christmas, my mother gave me “The Chocolate and Coffee Bible” by Catherine Atkinson, Mary Banks, Christine France & Christine McFadden [Hermes House, London 2008] and within its ‘hallowed’ pages I found the following quote, which underlines the intersection between coffee and religion.

This is said to be a translation from the Arabic from the work of Sheik Abdal-Kader Anasari Djezeri Haubuli, son of Mahammed – a liturgy on coffee:

“O Coffee! thou dispellest the cares of the great; thou bringest back those who wander from the paths of knowledge. Coffee is the beverage of the people of God, and the cordial of his servants who thirst for wisdom. When coffee is infused into the bowl, it exhales the odor of musk, and is of the color of ink. The truth is not known except to the wise, who drink it from the foaming coffee-cup. God has deprived fools of coffee, who, with invincible obstinacy, condemn it as injurious.

“Coffee is our gold; and in the place of its libations we are in the enjoyment of the best and noblest society. Coffee is even as innocent a drink as the purest milk, from which it is distinguished only by its color. Tarry with thy coffee in the place of its preparation, and the good God will hover over thee and participate in his feast. There the graces of the saloon, the luxury of life, the society of friends, all furnish a picture of the abode of happiness.

“Every care vanishes when the cup-bearer presents the delicious chalice. It will circulate fleetly through thy veins, and will not rankle there: if thou doubtest this, contemplate the youth and beauty of those who drink it. Grief cannot exist where it grows; sorrow humbles itself in obedience before its powers.

“Coffee is the drink of God’s people; in it is health. Let this be the answer to those who doubt its qualities. In it we will drown our adversities, and in its fire consume our sorrows. Whoever has once seen the blissful chalice, will scorn the wine-cup. Glorious drink! thy color is the seal of purity, and reason proclaims it genuine. Drink with confidence, and regard not the prattle of fools, who condemn without foundation.” [pg 271]

Alexandrina Cheese Company – Mt Compass, SA

Sneyd Road, Mt Jagged, Via Mt Compass, South Australia, 5210

This is one of those iconic places that all the locals rave about, and that even after living in the area for 7 months – I never quite got around to visiting. Well today, with our Melbournian friend in tow (having a guest is always a great reason to get out and do some wine/coffee/cheese tasting), we finally made it to the Alexandrina Cheese Company – and it was well worth the visit.  Now, I know that this is primarily a blog about the quality of café latte and suitability of venues for pastoral situations and you may be wondering what a cheese company has to do with this – well it is simple – and for those of you who have seen Monty Python’s The Life of Brian – the answer will be clear (**for you others, check below) – but do not fear – they also serve a mean coffee.  The Alexandrina Cheese Company, as you would expect, manufacture cheese from locally produced milk, and sell it to the public – you can even do a wine cheese tasting at the cellar(?) door – but they also do all the café things as well, including (as you would expect) cheesecake. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about cheese, while the view is spectacular – and would only improve as the grass greens up in the middle of the year. So to the review:

Latte Quality – Excellent – good colour, good foam thickness – although it had an after taste suggesting it could have been slightly burnt – but this could also be attributed to the fact that it was my first coffee for the day…

Cost – $3.80 for a large mug – which is good value for money (see below for comparison).

Coffee Supplier – South Australian company, Rio Coffee at Stepney.

Fair Trade – While Rio do sell a wonderful range of Fair Trade (I have been known to serve it at home – in fact I currently have a bag of their beans open) there was no information on Fair Trade, nor an indication that this was what I was drinking or had the option of drinking.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – Yes, although I am sure it could get very busy.  There are also a selection of seating outside, with great views of the rolling hills.
  • Deep and Meaningful – again, Yes – see above.
  • Study and Reflection – You could ask – and as long as they weren’t busy I do not see why not.

** (from above) “Blessed are the Cheesemakers”


678 South Road, Glandore SA, 5037
If you are in any way at all enamored by God’s gift to her creation that is ‘coffee’ – then a visit to Coffee Craft is a pilgrimage you have to make.  Discovered by my wife, as we sat in a traffic jam caused by the tram line overpass (God bless it’s little cotton socks) this place proved to be a revelation. Thought to be nothing more than a distributor of coffee (with the Fair Trade logo prominently displayed in the window) it turnout out to be so much more. They purchase and roast their own beans under their own label, they sell pretty much all things coffee related – from high end machines for both personal and professional use, to single cup plungers, books about coffee, books about books about coffee – and the pièce de résistance is that it is also a fully functioning café.  While it is not going to score high on the “venue suitability for” scale – if you like – scratch that – if you LOVE coffee, than get along to this place and check it out!!

Latte Quality – Lattastic!  – the first cup was free, so hard to tell if I loved it because it was free – so I purchased a second cup and it was just as good!!  Even being paid out for having sugar in it, did not change the taste experience for me!! 😉

Cost – $3.00 for a regular cup.

Coffee SupplierLa Crema – which is their own brand, which is roasted in house – and have won medals for it!!

Fair Trade – Yes – they are proud suppliers of Fair Trade Coffee – and won a silver medal for their Fair Trade Blend.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – If the chat was about Coffee – then certainly, but otherwise…No.
  • Deep and Meaningful – No – the place is a fully functioning retail shop, and repair place for coffee machines.
  • Study and Reflection – No.
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