Monthly Archives: November 2010

Nino’s – Victor Harbor, SA

17 Albert Place, Victor Harbor, SA

Nino’s have been part of the Victor Harbor fabric since 1974 (so says their signage) so I thought it was about time that I checked them out….it also happened to be that I was in Victor Harbor trying to sort out a Centrelink issue and had to walk past the shop on my way to the bank, and I could smell the freshly ground coffee. Situated at the business end of Victor Harbor’s busy Ocean Street precinct, almost facing the square, Nino’s is a great place for a coffee – and so, their menu would lead you to believe – a great place for a meal as well.

Latte Quality – Excellent.  Good colour, great aroma – and the perfect temperature.

Cost – $3.00 regular; $3.50 medium; $4.00 grande (takeaway only)

Coffee SupplierCoffeex

Fair Trade – No indication instore – however Coffeex do do a nice Fairtrade Blend.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat/Deep and Meaningful/Study and Reflection – all a possibility. I went there on the first day of schoolies (mistake in general), but Nino’s wasn’t that busy and were doing their breakfast menu.  I would think that is you can stay clear of school holidays and meal times – this place would be great.  Also it is quick walk to the seaweed covered beaches of Victor, which are generally a quiet place for reflection.

Yilki Store – Yilki, SA

60 Franklin Parade, Encounter Bay, SA, 5211

I rediscovered this series of three shops/cafés on the foreshore at Victor Harbor/Yilki/Encounter Bay last Sunday – when I attempted to go and worship with the Uniting Church congregation at Yilki, but was defeated by a change in their service start time, which meant I arrived as Rev. Steve was concluding…but I found these shops.  During this week – aka. Christmas Preparation Retreat Week – I ventured one morning down to Franklin Parade, to discover that only one of the three café has a life in the daylight hours of the work-a-day week – which, if I was about 15 years younger would have led me to the conclusion that the other two places are hangouts for vampires…but anyway…

Latte Quality – Good – and it came with small biscotti.

Cost – $4.40 for a large mug.

Coffee Supplier – Vito Coffee – at least that is what all their umbrellas and hoarding said, although after a thorough (3 mins) Google search, I am unable to find anything about Vito Coffee

Fair Trade – No indication – so I would assume not.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat/Deep and Meaningful – Definitely – for quite a while I was the only person sitting outside.  There is plenty of seating – either under cover, or under the umbrellas.
  • Study and Reflection – As long as you can work and not just stare at the bluff, or the ocean, or seal island, or granite island, or small yet un-named island (according to the font of all knowledge – Google Maps)

The Store – North Adelaide, SA

157 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, SA, 5006 (Cnr Melbourne & Jerningham Streets).

The third coffee stop of my 36 hours of leave in the city was a breakfast latte at The Store.  As I waited for it to arrive, my wife and I reminisced about the time when we met here with our friend and pastor, who was going to conduct our wedding the following year – we ate breakfast, drank coffee, and completed the ‘notice of intended marriage [aka Form 13 – regulation 38 – marriage act 1961]’…ahh those were the days.  The Store is located across the road from Café Bocca, on the south side of Melbourne Street – on, what I have deigned to call, ‘coffee corner’ and as the name would suggest, ‘The Store’ is much more than just a Café.   It is also a Grocery Store for those who can afford to live in North Adelaide, and who love to dine on locally produced food.

Latte Quality – Excellent – just the right temperature to enjoy as we made our way home from our short break.

Cost – $4.70 grande take-away

Coffee SupplierBrasilia Coffee

Fair Trade – No indication in store about it – and the website is ‘under-construction’ so who knows?

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat/Deep and Meaningful – Outside of the busy meal times, this place would certainly work – plenty of space, both inside and out.
  • Study and Reflection – As long as you are going there outside their peak periods should be fine.  This part of North Adelaide is also handy for grabbing a take away coffee and walking the streets, if that works well for conversation.  The Cibo across the road also has an Internode hotspot – so you can sit in either Bocca or The Store – enjoy a good coffee, and use their internet!

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Bocca – North Adelaide, SA

152 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, SA, 5006

This was my second coffee stop during my short break in Adelaide – pre-zoological experience coffee – the first, of my first full day.  As an aside, I think it is pretty rich that Peter Goers calls Victor Harbor the Agapanthus capital of the world, when I am sure that North Adelaide has more of the great age indicative botanical specimens per square metre, than South Australia’s premier sea-side city…but I digress. Located on what could easily be called ‘Coffee Corner’ if it weren’t for the Old Lion, Bocca is an Italian style, full menu café – which from a long dark memory of a time when I flew back to SA from VIC for a short stay, does a great hearty breakfast.

Latte Quality – Excellent – although a little hot to begin with, my fingers prompted me to hold off sampling the first caffieney goodness of the morning so as to avoid the tongue burning incident of my Najjar’s experience.  When sampled, the coffee was full, rich and wonderfully smooth.  Due to its heat, it lasted the walk from Melbourne street all the way to the reptile house at the Adelaide Zoo.

Cost – $3.40 cup; $3.90 mug; $4.70 grande take-away

Coffee Supplier – Adelaide’s own La Crema

Fair Trade – No indication in store about it – but La Crema have a medal winning Fair Trade blend which I use at home.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat/Deep and Meaningful – Outside of the busy meal times, this place would certainly work – plenty of space, both inside and out.
  • Study and Reflection – As long as you are going there outside their peak periods should be fine.  This part of North Adelaide is also handy for grabbing a take away coffee and walking the streets, if that works well for conversation.  The Cibo across the road also has an Internode hotspot – so you can sit in Bocca – enjoy a good coffee, and use their internet!

Your latte suggestions…

In the last 23 hours, a number of café/latte suggestions have come in – and so this has prompted me to do a re-post of an earlier call for café/latte suggestions – please – in the nicest possible way – tell me where to go!

Suggestions received so far include:

  • Cafe Komodo – 118 Prospect Road, Prospect
  • Giovanni – 15 Morphett Street, Mt Barker
  • My Café – [not sure if this is an actual place, or whether I was being invited to sample someone’s home brewed coffee….]
  • your suggestion goes here!

Great New Coffee Website

If you are like me and like to know where you can get a great coffee – after you have checked out my blog, click on over to ‘Best Aussie Coffee‘ and do a search on you preferred coffee location – and “wa la” – you know where to get and what to expect from your next coffee purchase.  Best Aussie Coffee also provides the chance for you to become the reviewer – and also to add other cafes that aren’t currently listed.  The more people who use this service, the better it will become!!  Also available for mobile phones.

Najjars Cafe – North Adelaide, SA

21 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide, 5006

Since 1992, Najjars has been a very popular café for Adelaideans – so it was about time, on my recent short break, that I road tested the famous place for it’s coffee and other attributes.

Latte Quality – Good – my first holiday coffee. Unfortunately the barista over poured on her first attempt, so then just poured it all into another cup – thus removing the crema – and resulting in a very, very hot first sip which rendered my tongue burnt for the next 24 hours….

Cost – $4.00 for a regular cup.

Coffee Supplier – South Australia’s own Aroma Fresh Coffee

Fair Trade – No mention of the coffee being Fair Trade at Najjars – Aroma Fresh do do a nice Fair Trade 3 Bean blend – click here

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat/Deep and Meaningful – Outside of the busy meal times, this place would certainly work – plenty of space, both inside and out – although outside can get a little noisy and a smelling depending on traffic.
  • Study and Reflection – As long as you are going there outside their peak periods – I do not see why not – and judging from the number of people using laptops when I was there, Najjars either have an interest hot spot, or there is one nearby.
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