Category Archives: Andronicus

Currency Creek Estate – Currency Creek, SA

Winery Road, Currency Creek, SA, 5214

It has been nearly 18 months since our lounge room floor was graced with the presence of Steve – and it was he who suggested that my next coffee review should be out at Currency Creek – a place, where earlier that day we have been doing some wine tasting, while on our ‘welcome to region – we have been here less than a month – wine tasting and thai food tour – with Steve who was the only Minister from CoC who welcomed us to SA when we moved’ – we were going to get T-Shirts printed, but the titled went round it twice.  Any Who – in the need to get my first assignment piece done for this seventh to last unit on my second Master’s degree done – I took a study day just to read and drink coffee, and ended up out at Currency Creek.  They have been promoting their ‘coffee and cake’ service via a sign on the Strath to Goolwa road since we have been down here, so I was surprised – when you consider I couldn’t get a park in the car park, to discover that I was the only person there for coffee (it was a Tuesday afternoon) – but there was a great deal of laughter coming from the wine tasting area.  The staff was very friendly – there was only one – a very friendly woman who looked after my coffee needs, whilst also lubricating the tourists with the best of what Currency Creek Winery has to offer.  I took my seat – all alone with a view of the lush green grass which rolled its way down the hill towards the creek known for its Currency. Unless you want to die from a sugar induced coma – don’t try ‘Caramel Sin’ – oh, man!

Latte Quality – Good – Excellent.  I was a bit dubious considering all the tasks that she had to perform – but it was good.

Cost – $3.50 – for a large latte glass

Coffee Supplier – Andronicus – I know – aka Nestle – yuck. 

Fair Trade – Nope – did I mention it was Nestle?

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat/Deep and Meaningful/Study and Reflection – Absolutely – I was pretty much all alone in a great big room – which had the potential for a roaring fire in its centre – the only down side was that being the only person there, the music had no where to go but to me – so the Michael Buble which was followed by Guy Sebastian – kind of sucked, but I worked through it.  Of course every time I hear Buble sing “I did it my way’ – I can’t help but associate that with Roxburgh’s “Missional Change Model”

Anchorage – Victor Harbor, SA

21 Flinders Pde, Victor Harbor, SA 5211

I happened to be in the lovely sea-side/sea-change town of Victor Harbor on the last (kind of) day of my holidays, arranging to get my suits dry-cleaned in preparation for a return to the desk – when the thought of caffiene crossed my mind.  But I had no idea where to go.  Then a memory resurfaced of a local colleague  telling me of this place near the sea with a great breakfast menu, good coffee and friendly service – so I ventured forth towards the ocean in search of the promise of good coffee.  Having found the Anchorage, I opened to the door to find said colleague standing at the counter paying for two coffees.  I discovered that he was right – the place sells GREAT coffee and the breakfast menu looks spectacular – and if you end up sitting out the front, it has a view that would rival any ocean side café in Australia!!

Latte Quality – Excellent – well actually it could be ‘Lattastic!’ but I have decided that such a declaration of wonderful coffee needs to be double checked at least – but the window indicates that the Anchorage serves ‘award winning coffee.’

Cost – $4.70 – is what I paid for a large take away which is very expensive, and also happens to be 50 cents more than the price indicated on their breakfast menu [PDF]. A regular latte served in house is $3.20 which is good.

Coffee Supplier – this is confusing, and next time I am in I will get this confirmed – however the menu says ‘QAHWA COFFEE – House Roasted’ – which a quick Google search indicated that ‘QAHWA’ is an English rendering of the Arabic word  قهوة (qahwa) meaning “coffee”.  However, their sugar (which is often a good indication of who the coffee supplier is and this often forms part of the supply contract) told me the beans were Andronicus (aka Nestlé).

Fair Trade –  If we go with the idea of Nestlé – then a resounding NO would be the likely answer.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Breakfast meeting – Quiet Chat – Study and Reflection – the cafe space has a great feel to it – including the stylish half boat which forms the bar – soft music, plenty of space, a warm fire place and if the weather allows a seat outside will allow you to just sit back and admire the view towards Port Elliot – and with the right season, some Whale watching.  I’ll be back for sure!!
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