Daily Archives: August 22, 2011
Shop S6 Mt Barker Central, McLaren Street, MOUNT BARKER, SA, 5251
While the serious lack of forward planning, and infrastructure development by the local council and state government has done untold damage to Mount Barker as a town (almost a city) – with the narrow streets with more cars then they ever thought they could carry, which make Springvale Road in Melbourne look like an 8 laned super highway, and the empty shops with their newspaper or black plastic window dressings which make it look like an apocalyptic modern wasteland – the extra people have developed within it a strong coffee culture. As you will have noticed, that over the last few weeks almost all the reviews have been on places in and around the Mount – this being largely due to my wife having to regularly visit, and then take up temporary residence in the maternity wing of the local hospital with welcoming our second son to the world – and it continues today.
bb’s café is located in the humorously titled ‘Mount Barker Central’ – in the old section, near the Telstra shop and soon to be near some brand new empty shop fronts which are almost finished in what used to the carpark. I had never seen this place before, nor had I ever heard of the bb’s café franchise (an Australian Company – same one that owns Brumby’s, Donut King, Michel’s Patisserie). The place was clean and tidy, although quite empty – but the staff were very friendly, and my nearly three year old son was taken by the aquarium in the corner. They also do a ‘shout a friend’ deal, which is basically a buy one get one free thing – on the day I was there it was muffins.
Latte Quality – Passable – the foam was very chunky (large bubbles) and it tasted slightly burnt – but it was just drinkable.
Cost – $4.10 for a regular drink in, which is pretty expensive.
Coffee Supplier – bb’s coffee – they do their own.
Fair Trade – No indication in store – No indication on their website.
Special Notes – I had a blueberry muffin (and got another one free) and it was very nice. Their promotional material indicates that everything is baked fresh on the premises daily.
Venue Suitable for:
- Quiet Chat, Deep and Meaningful, and/or Study and Reflection – Absolutely – other than us, there was only one other customer in the store – and there was plenty of seating – chairs and couches – and we were there close to 4pm, so this was the after school rush time….