Daily Archives: March 25, 2011

Gloria Jean’s Coffee – Tullamarine, VIC

Arrivals Hall, Domestic Terminal – Jetstar, Airport Drive, Tullamarine, VIC, 3043

Back when I was a coffee novice – and as embarrassing as this is to admit – I used to love GJ’s Coffee – particularly my local one at Waverley Gardens – and then when I was called to SA, my local at Mount Barker – but I suspect that it was as much to do with the friendly staff [Anna @ Wavos and Greg @ MtB] who I got to know as it was with the coffee.  Well…after this experience…and they say that Melbourne has the best coffee culture in Australia….[yeah, right!]. The best I can say about it is “with a licence to print their own money through their ability to pass off anything that is hot and remotely smelling of coffee to their desperate customers, GJ’s @ Tulla have the market cornered on the baggage collection area of the Qantas and Jetstar airlines however next time I’ll bring a thermos, some powered milk and some freeze dried instant – perhaps some International Rust.”

Latte Quality – Passable – and only because it was my first coffee since 4am when I left home to drive to the airport.

Cost – exorbitant – a small Café Latte will set you back $4.55

Coffee Supplier – Gloria Jean’s have their own brand.

Fair Trade – No although some variants have the ‘Rainforest Alliance’ tag on them.

Venue Suitable for:

  • waiting to be collected and taken to a place that actually understands the art of making coffee….I couldn’t help but notice that Andrew, who was picking me up, brought his own previously purchased coffee.

The Mill – Middleton, SA

29 Mill Terrace, Middleton, SA, 5213

Having driven past the sign a number of times on weekends, I was looking forward to an opportunity to finally sample the coffee at this extraordinarily interesting looking building.  Now I know that we do not have a great deal of european history in Oz (at least not in comparison to other parts of the world – 220 years or so) but I always find the insides of old mills and factories – especially ones that are now being used for other purposes, to be fascinating. And this one is no exception – as it is now an occasional wine bar, cellar door, café and purveyor of  50s, 60s, and 70s furniture.  I visited the Mill on Sunday afternoon with a group of ladies from church, who like me, weren’t really in the mood for a hit of tennis or a surf – and so we ventured forth and infiltrated this play of purveyance to negotiate the vending of some caffeinated combustibles.

Latte Quality – Good – good colour, bit too much foam – but it was ok.

Cost – $3.00 – for a standard sized cup.

Coffee Supplier – Villeré Coffee – from the McLaren Vale

Fair Trade – No mention in the café nor on the website

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat/Deep and Meaningful/Study and Reflection – A good possibility – however, the mill is only open on weekends 10am – 4pm according to their printed material, but also on Fridays according to their website – click HERE for more.  So on long weekend my guess is the place would be packed – and they have occasional live music.
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