Monthly Archives: October 2011
Shop 4-6, 220 Mt Barker Road, Aldgate, SA, 5154
I’ve always had a soft spot for Aldgate – seemingly the overlooked, and perhaps introverted fraternal twin of the more popular Stirling – yet I find the quaint, cute leafy green Aldgate so much more pleasant a place to spend time. For one thing, there are less shops and they are all in one location – built around the concept of a village green – this means you can slowly meander from café to gift shop to chicken shop to to pharmacy to café while not actually travelling that far, nor loosing the glorious vista of so many english trees in their prime.
I happened upon the Aldgate Providore & Café almost by mistake. Having not had the chance to get out and about in the coffee world for almost a month, my taste buds were itching, so I proposed to my wife and family an outing, which would include organic farmers markets, and playgrounds just as long as I got to sit in a cafe for half and hour, drink coffee and read. Happily they agreed, so off we went to pretty much the only town within an hour of where I live that I hadn’t down a coffee crawl through – Aldgate. A quick Google/Urbanspoon/Beanhunter/BestAussieCoffee/CremaBestCafes/DecafSucks search indicated that (a) not many people had ever gone to Aldgate in search of just coffee, and (b) those that had, had only gone to one of two places – and this one was the most popular.
It is a gorgeous setting – the photo taken towards the backdoor of the Providore which faces the carpark – fronting the main road is the food side of the business, specialising in much locally grown and processed produce, and in the back in the café, which is licenced with full menu. Plenty of seating both inside, outside and upstairs – this is a great place to stop if you find yourself in the hills and in need of a coffee. You can tell them that I sent you – but that will just be met with a blank stare of incomprehension – because they have no idea of who I am 😉
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Australian Coffee Culture Documentary
If you were outside like me, enjoying this lovely spring weather, then you probably missed this Australian Coffee Culture documentary screened on Network Ten this afternoon.
Here is a link to have a look – let me know what you thought.
In celebration of the Make Coffee Not War Facebook page reaching the 50 likes mark and the Make Coffee Not War Twitter feed reaching the 50 followers mark, I will give away to a randomly selected ‘liker’ (person who has indicated their general approval of the idea of Make Coffee Not War) and follower 500g of my favourite Coffee Beans.
As it stands today, the Make Coffee Not War Facebook page has 38 likes, so only 12 to go – spread the word and you could be drinking some awesome free coffee!! If it were to go off today, the lucky winner would get to choose between either 500s of an Ethiopian Sidamo from The Coffee Barun, or the BlackMountain blend from Queensland’s Coffeeworks. However with an order on the way from boutique roaster, Barossa Valley Roasters – who knows what it will be when we reach the magical, mystical 50 mark.
So spread the word – click like, and follow us on Twitter.
This is not a phrase you hear that often among friends (unless you are a tradie, or a golfer, or a …) but let’s talk about your equipment. What do you use to maintain the caffeine component to your blood stream when all the good coffee shops and cafes have closed (or you just can’t be bothered going out)?
My first coffee machine was purchased with a voucher that my wife and I received at our wedding. After purchasing copious amounts of tupperware and knives, she graciously allowed me to get a ‘cheap’ machine from Target (I know, I know – I look back in shame) and so I came to have a semi-automatic DéLonghi with an inbuilt milk frother tub on top. It served me very well for a few years while I learnt more about the wonders of coffee, but I knew that as I wondered from kitchen to kitchen, that my little old DéLonghi (a precursor to the current ECO310W) was only holding my coffee appreciation back. So, when the milk frother packed it in – in the words of the Lion King’s Rafiki the monkey “It is time!” [As an aside, I sold my old espresso machine for $1 on the weekend at our Moving In Sale]
I consulted with Choice Magazine, and joined the forum over at Coffeesnobs.com and even consulted my coffee guru for his sage advice and for the money that I had available (which wasn’t much) they all agreed that I couldn’t go past the Sunbeam Café Series® EM6910. I did my research, and found the unit I wanted at nearly $100 less that the RRP that also came with a free Café Series® Conical Burr Coffee Grinder EM0480. That was two years ago this month, and we couldn’t be happier. What I like about my machine is that with the trademarked “TPTT™ System of twin pumps and twin thermoblocks” which ensures stable water temperature, it allows me to texture of milk and pour an espresso shot simultaneously – my only criticism of the machine is the lengthy amount of time it takes to texture the milk from fridge temperature into the lows 60s. Read the rest of this entry