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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… Read the rest of this entry

Look who made the Top 10!

Look who made the Top 10!

Due to my mid-week coffee meeting whilst going through my 360 degree ministerial review, I have, after completing a review of said coffee, finally made the Top 10 Users list on the Beanhunter.com!  “Big Woop!” I hear you say, “So What?” I sense you mutter, “Click, click goes the mouse….”

All it actually means is that (a) I have drunk a lot of coffee since discovering the Beanhunter.com and (b) see a.

It was also pleasing to note that during the week Adelaide jumped ahead of the Gold Coast and Canberra as top places for Coffee.  We now have to catch London on 103 (Adelaide is currently on 75) before seriously making a challenge on Melbourne’s status as coffee capital of  the world sitting pretty on 762 places for coffee (excluding franchee shops – sorry GJs, Hudsons, Star Chucks etc.)

South Australian Coffee???

Surely there are more than 58 places in Adelaide where you can buy a coffee?  Yet that is ‘all she wrote’ according to the latest updates on the Beanhunter.  According to their South Australian based users, we have less cafes worth drinking in and/or writing about then does the Gold Coast (61) and Canberra (68).  Yes you read right – according to the Beanhunter, there are more and better coffee vending establishments in our nations capital then there are in RADelaide – the coffee capital of the southern hemisphere (just don’t tell Melbourne).

Come on people – do your state a favour – do what Rann couldn’t (a bit of political commentary there – haha)  – do what Craig couldn’t (a bit of sport commentary there) – raise your state’s profile above the Gold Coast and Canberra – make us proud – list your favourite cafe on the Beanhunter (even list your least favourite cafe – at least then others will know to avoid it) and let us get Adelaide above Canberra.

First the Gold Coast, then Canberra…then the world!!!!

Coffee Prizes Everywhere!!

Free Coffee for a Year from RIO Coffee

from their facebook fan page “ONE WEEK LEFT until we draw the winner of our FREE COFFEE FOR A YEAR promotion! Quick – tell your friends!! The lucky liker will be selected on 3/9/11.” Which I guess just means that if you want to be in the running for a year’s supply of RIO Coffee (not a bad thing at all my friends)  – 500g per month delivered to your door – then get on over to their Facebook page and simply click ‘like’.  For terms and conditions click the Facebook logo below and follow the links.  I’ve done it.  And as per the Genovese Otto Espresso machine competition below – if you win, I’d like at least an invite for a coffee….;) 

Win a Beanhunter Keep Cup!

From the Beanhunter website and twitter feed ” Hmm, still after a KeepCup? Well we have more! To go into the entry to win a KeepCup, simply

1. Write a review or submit a new cafe on Beanhunter.com (or via our iPhone Application) and,
2. Link up your Beanhunter account with your Facebook account to share your reviews with your friends. Easy!

We will randomly choose 25 very lucky winners. To enter you must complete both of the two tasks above. The more reviews you write the more chance you have to win.  Remember, you can now submit follow-up reviews of cafes you have already rated before. Competition closes on Sunday 28th August 11.55 PM AEST.  Good luck!”

Now I have been on at you for a while now to sign up to the Beanhunter so that we South Australians can prove that we at the very least have more quality (and quantity ) coffee places than the Gold Coast and Canberra – since my first post on this we have surpassed Auckland, New Zealand – and now there is even more motivation to sign up!!  Remember if you are one of those few individuals who have an iPhone – you can download the Beanhunter App to help you find the best coffee near your location!!

Unlike the Free Coffee for a year and the Otto Espresso Machine – should you win this prize, there is really no need to share it with me….unless you really, really want too 😉

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