Monthly Archives: June 2011

Fair Dinkum Café – Kadina, SA

11 Graves Street, Kadina, SA, 5554

During a very short break over on the Copper Coast, I struggled to find a place where I could – not just enjoy a coffee, but actually purchase one.  After checking the Yellow Pages, and the Tourism information the three that they recommended were all closed on a Monday afternoon…so eventually I ended up – through sheer determination of driving around till I found signs of life, purchasing a latte from the Fair Dinkum Café.  By the look of things, this is a fairly new place in Kadina and I would suggest, that as long as they actually open their doors – they should do a roaring trade.

Latte Quality – Good – plenty of room for improvement, but nonetheless it was drinkable – and it didn’t scold my tongue, which considering my earlier holiday experiences was a good thing.

Cost – $4.50 – which is very expensive in comparison – a small is $4.00

Coffee Supplier – Amanti

Fair Trade – No.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat, Deep and Meaningful, Study – Definitely – there were plenty of tables, with plenty of space between them – with the possibility of many more – there was also some outside seating, and no blaring music.

Jimmies Restaurant – Crafers, SA

6 Main Street, Crafers, SA, 5152

I know that I am now stepping outside my bounds as purely a coffee review (and occasional theological quote and/or musings) blog, but after my most recent eating/drinking experience I just felt the need to review.  How we ended up here, was that we met up with some old friends from college days in Stirling, and after enjoying a latte at Ruby’s Organic Café (review will follow as soon as I can remember who supplies their coffee – if you know, please share) we needed a place to eat – or make the long drive home and eat the first thing that fell out of the fridge.  After refuelling the car at the BP in Crafers, we noticed across the road this warm and inviting place (the sun had gone down and we could see the open fire) which said ‘Wood Fire Pizza’ – so over we went.  I will say hands down –  hand on my heart (doing a Zaphod here) – that we had the best pizza ever – and if you know me and my size, you’d be right in guessing I have eaten my fare share of pizzas – but KC and I shared a medium Seafood Pizza – and it was Awesome!  Better that the one at Cowes, Em – I swear!!  And then, after having such a positive eating experience – coupled with top notch customer service – I felt compelled to grab a latte and a piece of the ‘real’ Turkish delight’ for afters….It was so good we have booked to go back next week after Graetzie’s Engagement Party!!

Latte Quality – Excellent – easily the best coffee I had had all week.

Cost – $3.50 – which is about average.

Coffee SupplierRio Coffee – and despite all the rumours about a decline in quality, I though it was really good!!

Fair Trade – Yes – they also do their best to source all their produce from Adelaide Hills suppliers – where possible Organic – and they do Gluten Free Pizza!!

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat, Deep and Meaningful – only if you are doing it over a meal.  They are only open as a restaurant, not as a coffee serving Café – although they are open 9:30-9:30 on Sundays.

Seagull Droppings – Normanville, SA

Seagull Droppings Gallery and Espresso Bar – Corner Main South & Hay Flat Roads, Normanville, SA, 5204

This is one of the funky little art gallery come cafés that seem to pop up all over the place in tourist areas – it is also one of those places where if you blinked at the wrong time you’d miss the sign – but having seen it, you’ll never forget it.  Only open Thursday – Sunday, it is well worth a drop in when you are passing by – not only for the exciting art, which is generally all made in house by artist Andrew Munn, but also for the aesthetics and coffee.  And judging by the number of locals who were there when I called past only minutes after opening, it is a popular place.

Latte Quality – Good – but again, too hot!  Not sure what it is about coffee places in this part of the world, but three out of four need to be checking their thermometres.

Cost – $3.00 – which is a good price, but cup was on the smaller side of things.

Coffee SupplierMahalia – which is one of my favourite South Australian bean sources.

Fair Trade – Mahalia do do some Fair Trade Coffee but the one used here – and in most locations – is their Blend No.2 which is not Fair Trade.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat, Deep and Meaningful, Study and Reflection – Yes – seating inside and out (in a courtyard) and I would guess that mostly the artist in residence is not that noisy.  I guess it depends on  how many locals come in for their coffee plus D&M.

The Court House Café – Normanville, SA

52 Main Street, Normanville, SA 5204

After a disastrous start to my new coffee adventures on the south-south coast (Fleurieu Peninsula) I was really hoping that this would at the very least bring this region back to a par level, however I am always suspicious of any place that announces with all humility that it has ‘the best coffee in town.’  According to their promotional material, “The Court House Café is Normanville’s newest dining alternative offering the best of the Fleurieu region’s outstanding produce.  At the Court House Café, you’ll find rustic food prepared with love and bursting with flavour.  Occupying the 1860’s heritage court house, the Court House Café is open for brunch and lunch daily from 8:30, and evenings Wednesday through sunday for tapas and evening meals.”

Latte Quality – Good – again it was served exceedingly hot, and my first sip did not bode well – but after 20 minutes of sitting with it, the actual flavour of the coffee was excellent.

Cost – $3.80 for regular

Coffee Supplier – Adelaide Hills Coffee Roasting Company, 1 Hereford Avenue Hahndorf – after a Google search, no website found.

Fair Trade – Unknown – no indication instore, but I suspect not.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat, Deep and Meaningful and Study and Reflection  – there is plenty of seating, both inside and out – just make sure you are not there during one of their special ‘sing along’ times.  There is a Beatles Sing Along session coming up soon!!

Just Penny’s – Yankalilla, SA

98a Main South Road, Yankalilla, SA, 5203

When you are on Main South Road heading south (we in SA are just so imaginative with our road naming ability) Just Penny’s is just around the corner as you veer right in Yankalilla. If, after travelling roughly an hour since your last good coffee, reach Yankalilla and think “hmmm, I could go a coffee about now” just drive on past Just Penny’s and go to Normanville.  Other than than customer service – which is often a complaint of mine, but here was pretty good, my experience of the coffee was just bad, bad, bad.

Latte Quality – Bad – was way to hot – milk was scolded (as was my tongue) and, if I hadn’t watched her make it I would have thought it was instant.

Cost – $3.50 – which is about average.

Coffee Supplier – there was nothing to indicate, which should have been my first tip.

Fair Trade – probably not.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat, Deep and Meaningful, Study and Reflection – Yes – we dropped in on a Wednesday afternoon and there was only one other person there.  The furniture in the cafe is locally made from polished rough cut timber, which is very nice – but with a 2.5 year old we here hesitant to hang around just incase we had to then purchase an item of furniture.  The guy ahead of us purchased food and he seemed pleased enough, but perhaps bring your own thermos….
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