coffee by the beans – Lockleys, SA

Shop 3, 394 Henley Beach Road, Lockleys, SA 5032

I never thought I’d say (or write) this, and I will probably never say it again, but “I want to move to Lockleys!”

I’m going out on a limb here folks – and I am asking you to join me here – because I am declaring that my ristretto, latte and chat with Daniel and Richard at coffee by the beans yesterday provided me the best coffee experience I have had – anywhere – period.  And while coffee by the beans is in a strange place – just off Henley Beach Road, facing Rowells Road so you can’t actually see it if you are coming down Henley Beach Road from the city – it is so worthy of the search and discovery.

Situated in a fairly tired looking group of shops, coffee by the beans is a funky yet classy, aesthetically pleasing yet conformable espresso bar (not café – as for these guys, it is coffee first – so there is no food menu to speak of, other than a few HUGE muffins and cookies in jars on the counter) whose singular desire is that YOU the customer will have a great coffee experience and come back – even my nearly three year old son who was with me, enjoyed the experience – and kept reminding me half the way home that ‘the man from the shop brought Daddies coffee and put it in the car’ – those who have toddlers know that getting everyone and everything back to the car in one trip can be an adventure in itself.

They also service Saeco and Delonghi coffee machines – but not my Sunbeam Café Series – I asked.

Latte Quality – Lattastic!! – I know I said I would never make this declaration without a few visits – but in fairness to me (a) this is my blog, so it is my opinion we are going with; (b) I live in Goolwa, they are in Lockleys – how often am I going to get the chance; (c) I did have a Ristretto and a latte and (d) this is my blog.  Daniel prepared for me a single origin costa rican – which was truly a wonderful coffee

Cost – $3.50 for a regular drink in, which is average – $3.00 for a Ristretto. $4.00 for a take away latte.

Coffee Supplier – coffee by the beans – sourced and roasted off site – you can also purchase their beans for your own home usage.

Fair Trade – No indication in store – No indication on their website.

Customer Service –   –  freaking awesome – I’m going to nominate them all for Australian of the Year – I would keep coming back, even if they switched to International Rust and an ern (not really, but you get the drift) – if it weren’t for their calling into the coffee industry, they should be teacher customer service…

As an aside to this, often when I am out and about drinking coffee and let slip that I also review coffee (after I have paid and received my beverage – always – no cash for comments scandal here, let me tell you) I get asked where else I have been and I say a few places and generally the person asking will say something negative towards the other place and their coffee or service or both – not here – I mentioned in particular my other out of the way coffee place – The Coffee Barun – and the guys had nothing but good things to say about them and their coffee – that is class.  That alone encourages me to encourage you to check out coffee by the beans.  I also said that I was a Christian Minister and they didn’t freak out – always a positive sign 😉

Special Notes – While not providing anything for them, the place – by its design and its staff – is kid friendly.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat,  Deep and Meaningful, and/or Study and Reflection – Absolutely – I was there at around 2pm and for the most part, my little dude and I were the only two there – Daniel and Richard indicated that their busiest times of the day are the ‘on the way to work caffeine fix’ and ‘the after school crowd’ – so if you can avoid those times it is the perfect place – also if you need some quiet prayer space, there is quite an impressive Anglican Church across the road. There is plenty of seating inside, in a variety of forms and two tables outside should you enjoy the sun….
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Posted on August 24, 2011, in coffeebythebeans, Espresso Bar, Lockleys and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I agree with all you have said! For someone who’s involved in the industry and checks out ALL the top places in Adelaide, I can’t believe I only JUST popped in there the other week! My husband and I were in awe of the quality of the service and the coffee. I had 2 and they were exactly the same- consistency I don’t even find in the more reputable boutique espresso bars. So glad someone has blogged about them!

  2. Thanks for your comments Abigail. I am glad that someone else doesn’t think my experience was unique – and that Daniel, Richard and Vincent treat each and every customer like long lost coffee loving friends.

    As someone in the industry (I checked out your blog – I may have had one of your coffees) where else in Adelaide should I be going? Who have I missed?

    • If you had one of my coffees from The Coffee Barun, then yes that was me! 🙂 I ‘ve checked your blog and I don’t think you’ve reviewed Viva Espresso on Pirie Street. I’ve only been there twice but both times my coffee was infact delicious. There are mixed reviews about Viva all over the place, but both my experiences have been pretty good. I love your blog and what you and it’s about! I’m sure I’ll know your face if I saw it,I never forget a customer! hehe

  3. I think I had my worse ever cup of coffee at coffee by the beans last week. The taste was ordinary as was the service. Very disappointed as I went on the recommendation of reading your blog

    • Thanks for the comment Kay but I am sorry for your experience-especially upon my recommendation.

      My incognito experiences at Coffee By The Beans have always been amongst the best in Adelaide, and while a coffee place’s reputation is only as good as their last coffee, I am sure that Vincent and the guys would only be too keen to encourage you to give them another go.

      May your next coffee be great!

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