Espresso Royale – Magill, SA
357 Magill Road, St Morris, SA, 5068
I have been wanting to visit Espresso Royale (don’t you just love the way they spell Espresso…??) since my very first ristretto at The Pantry – I know! – Not what you thought I’d write – but [wait for it] Espresso Royale is the home of speciality coffee roaster Trevor De Groot – whose company, along with Bernadette Stack, supplies the beans to The Pantry on Egmont – hence the connection. On Tuesday, with my hospital visit over and my horrible experience of another coffee still littering my pallette – I thought “before my wife calls to come collect her – I’ll just duck out to St Morris for a quality coffee” 10 mins later – I was kind of there.
The first problem I had was finding the place – as there is literally nothing from the road that says “Espresso Royale” – there is the greenish blue a-frame sign which you see in the picture, but it gives little away. The second problem which I had to solve before the first was parking our ‘recently returned from the crash repairers’ car – NEVER LEAVE YOUR CAR ON MAGILL ROAD – unless you are pro amateur car remodelling at 50km/hr. Car parked in a side street, and using my iPhone’s GPS – I eventually discovered that the place with the red verandah and greenish-blue sign was in fact the legendary place itself.
The inside is tiny, yet comfortable – succeeding to be funky and eclectic, yet still 1960s kitchenish (I wonder how many words I have invented in the life of this blog?) – in a way that the original Bar 9 completely missed. You can purchase recently roasted De Groot coffee on the shelf – if you like what you tasted – and have brought cash – no plastic here my friend – except for the table tops – see below!
Now to the coffee itself….
Ristretto Quality – Excellent – dark, rich, sticky and sweet – with strong licorice and aniseed flavours – the beans came from East Timor.
Cost – $3.50 for a regular size latte. $3.00 for ristretto
Coffee Supplier – De Groot Coffee Co
Milk – BD Paris Creek (Fleurieu Peninsula) – Biodynamic Milk
Fair Trade – Yes – and proudly so – click HERE for more details
Customer Service – – average – pretty much what you would expect – you go away neither blown away by the experience, nor complaining about it; She (the barista and only staff member there) wasn’t unfriendly – it was just that she was not interested in who I was or why I was there or why I ordered a ristretto or why I asked where the beans came from or whether I would ever come back.
Venue Suitable for:
- Quiet Chat, Deep and Meaningful, and/or Study and Reflection – Yes to all of them – but would largely depend on how many people were there at the time. No outside seating this suitable for ministry purposes – but a great place nonetheless just for a coffee.
Posted on November 11, 2011, in Adelaide, De Groot Coffee Co., Espresso Bar, Fairtrade, St Morris and tagged Adelaide Metro, Coffee Beans, Coffee Roasting, Fairtrade or similar, Fleurieu Peninsula, Lattastic!, Latte Review, Ristretto. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.