Monthly Archives: March 2010

Coffee Quote of the Week

In America you can buy bucket-sized cups of coffee in any flavour you like…other than coffee-flavour.  ~ Author Unknown

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Cockles On North – Port Elliot, SA

Corner North Terrace and The Strand, Port Elliot, SA

For those of us  fortunate enough to live on south coast – we live the secret that many Adelaidians have discovered, that this is the best part of the state – and none more so (other than where I live, but that goes without saying), than the sleepy bayside (horseshoe) hamlet (between Mon-Fri afternoon during school term) of Port Elliot.  Elliot (as it is known my locals) would have been for many – it was for me, growing up – a yearly holiday destination, whether you stayed in the caravan park, a holiday house or in one of the many blocks of Units (we generally stayed in the Dolphins) that surround the picturesque horseshoe bay.  In recent years, the main street of Elliot (phone home) – the road that comes from Victor Harbor and goes through to Goolwa via Middleton – aka North Terrace – has undergone a major face lift, and is now replete with cafés, craft shops, second hand book shops – and all those other shops which tend to congregate in Australian seaside towns – not to forget the famous Port Elliot Bakery, which can often be found with que going out the door and down the street.  Cockles, is a great café/restaurant centrally located with a great array of outdoor seating should the weather allow. Food is of standard café style – I enjoyed a rather nice Salt & Pepper Squid there once.

Latte Quality – Good – perhaps a bit on the watery side of things, but well presented with the second, in as many reviews, example of some latteart.

Cost – $3.50 for a regular;

Coffee SupplierLavazza Coffee

Fair Trade – No indication in store, nor is there any mention by Lavazza on their website.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – During the week (not school holidays) definitely.
  • Deep and Meaningful – again, Yes – see above – both inside and out – and PT Elliot is a great place, if confidentiality is a must to grab a take-away coffee and walk the streets.
  • Study and Reflection – I have, on a previous study retreat, spent a pleasant morning reading and drinking latte here.

Coffee Quote of the Week

Deja Brew:  The feeling that you’ve had this coffee before.  ~ Author Unknown

The Little Leaf & Bean – Blackwood, SA

Shop 7/19 Coromandel Parade, Blackwood, SA, 5051

I am having a great week coffee wise.  The Little Leaf & Bean up at Blackwood (at least up for me – just look at a map, and you’ll see what I mean) is a gem, as far as coffee shops/cafés go. Nestled in a quiet group of shops, far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Blackwood’s busy wannabe arterials (read: Coromandel Parade and Shepherds Hill Road – which at times are as busy as Springvale Road in Melbourne) this is a retreat – an escape – inclusive of a specially marked doorway into another world!  Only very new on the scene, The Little Leaf & Bean (become a fan if you are on Facebook) has a great feel to it, with a variety of indoor and outdoor seating  – including some specially built and very comfy couches.  There is a great menu for light meals, a vast selected of tea and coffee – and you can purchase it to go!  Next time you are up that way – as Molly would say – ‘Do yourself a favour!’,

Latte Quality – Lattastic! – this surpasses the one I had yesterday (see below) as the best coffee I have had in a while (just not that long a while) – so good, I would have ordered a second one but was due back down the hill for another meeting which included coffee – just no where near as good.  I ordered a large latte (see picture) which was a beautiful colour and included the first bit of latte-art I have come across in SA.  I am reliably informed that the manager/barista is an award winner!!

Cost – $3.50 for a regular; $3.90 for a large mug – so really good value.

Coffee SupplierLa Crema Coffee – South Australia’s own!

Fair Trade – Yes!  A big sign in the window – and upon asking, was informed that all coffee served is Fair Trade – so not only great tasting coffee, but also guilt free (just don’t think about calories – I meant ethically guilt free).

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – If you can get a table outside, most definitely.
  • Deep and Meaningful – again, Yes – see above – and if the place is a bit quieter – inside would work just as well.
  • Study and Reflection – I spent some time reading a book, in between meetings – and it is also an Internode Hotspot.

3Three Monkeys Fine Foods – Willunga, SA

17A High Street, Willunga, SA, 5172

Ever since my experience of the Willunga Farmers Market, and my brisk walk down the main street of the picturesque town whereupon I discovered the plethora of small, interesting looking cafés – I have been itching to get back.  And now, after a trip to the doctors for some suitable cream – the itching has decreased, and I have another latte review.  3Three Monkeys Fine Food came highly recommended to me by a member of my congregation who had personally experienced the wonderful hospitality (which included a platter of exotic savories and sweets for a very reasonable luncheon price)  for a family celebration and suggested I try the lovely coffee – well I was not disappointed!!  The Café, which features (as the name would suggest) fine foods for consumption and purchase (that is not to suggest that the food consumed is not purchased – far from it – it is just that you can also purchase gourmet food and take it home with you), wine, locally brewed beer and a book exchange (consumption for the soul). Situated about half way up on the left/down on the right of the Main Street (depending on which direction you are coming from), the 3Three Monkeys is well worth a look.

Latte QualityLattastic! – the best coffee I have had in a while – so good, I ordered a second one.  Lovely colour, good amount of foam, great taste and a lingering pleasant after taste. I suspect I was treated to a very skilled barrista.

Cost – $3.50 for a regular – which came in a large than average latte glass – so good value.

Coffee SupplierAltura Coffee

Fair Trade – No indication in store, or on the Altura website – which is under construction.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – Yes, there are a number of rooms, and tables on the verandah.
  • Deep and Meaningful – again, Yes – see above.
  • Study and Reflection – If you can get a table in one of the quiet corners this would be an excellent spot – I saw a guy in there with a laptop, so there may also be internet connectivity.

Whose latte next?

I am under no delusions of grandeur.

I know that this blog does not have a readership in the thousands (thanks to my reader – you know who you are).

Nevertheless – assuming that this blog is occasionally read by others, can YOU, the reader, suggest where I should be buying my next latte?

Where can I find the BEST latte in South Australia?  Just because I am on the south-coast, do not let that stop you suggesting – no place is too far to go for a GOOD coffee.

Whose latte should be next?

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