A’ vila Coffee – Adelaide, SA

22 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide, SA, 5000

This is one of those fortunate occurrences, that some would call luck, some would call an answer to prayer – while others, to quote Sheldon “who are unfamiliar with the law of large numbers would think this to be a coincidence.”  But on my most recent trip to the city for a day of coffee and reading (also in preparation for my next 21st birthday) I  decided that I wanted to check out The Espresso Room, Coffee Branch and if time allowed – another place.  Well as time and weather would have it, I made it to The Espresso Room, had to rush past Coffee Branch on my way to NOT BE LATE for lunch with my mother, and then after a quick search on The Beanhunter discovered this gem across the square from my Mother’s office.  On a side note, I had tweeted Campos Coffee a few weeks back trying to find out if anyone in Adelaide served their beans…and now I discover this place, who since their grand opening in early October, have become the ONLY place in Adelaide for Campos.

Nestled in a nice part of the city, you’ll find A’Vila coffee – named such, because the of the Spanish inspired colour scheme that was already in place when the current owner decided to turn it into a coffee place (the staff tell me it  has been toned down a bit…).  In what I like to call the ‘old Academy Cinema City’ part of Hindmarsh Square, A’Vila is pretty much adjacent to the new Crown Plaza hotel, with a nice view of the recently re-grassed landscaping of the square.  If you squint, you can also see the guy (there was only one the day I was there) who is the Occupy Adelaide protest….

With the possibility of outdoor seating, this place was a quiet spot for a coffee and a chance to recoup before the drive home. So, to the coffee review…

Latte Quality – Lattastic! – with a lovely tight mircofoam, and nice ‘tulip’ in the latte art, this was a great coffee – with flavours of butterscotch and caramel – and if I hadn’t already had five coffees (it was only 1pm) I would have gone for seconds. 

Ristretto Quality – Excellent – no photo again, as like before I drank it while standing adjacent their large La Marzocco machine.  It was think and rich, with a perfect consistency – although perhaps a little short – but with lovely red wine flavours and a malted finish.

Cost – $3.10 for a regular size latte – which is a good price.  $3.00 for ristretto

Coffee Supplier – Campos Coffee

Fair Trade – No mention in-store that I could see – however Campos Coffee declare on their home page that they have as a hallmark “Integrity in coffee…and we are driven to meet our commitments to our customers, while ensuring the coffees are produced ethically and sustainably.”  

Customer Service –  – the staff were very friendly and were happy to talk about the shop and the Adelaide speciality coffee scene. The barista who was on her second shift for the day spoke highly of her former place of employ (The Espresso Room) and their barista but was unable to tell me what beans were in the ‘house blend’ they were serving – but considering it was her second second shift…

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat,  Deep and Meaningful, and/or Study and Reflection – Yes to all of these – but when busy, you may want to get a take away and sit on the lawn.

Posted on December 12, 2011, in Adelaide, Beanhunter, Campos Coffee, Espresso Bar, Wireless Internet and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Have since discovered that the barista that I was chatting too on the day – who was into her second straight shift – was none other than Takeda Junko – second runner up in the SA AASCA Coffee Championships latte art competition – formerly of ‘the Chocolate tree.’

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