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”