Category Archives: Café/Bakery

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!!!!

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Port Elliot Bakery – Port Elliot, SA

31 North Terrace, Port Elliot, SA, 5212

The Port Elliot Bakery is one of those South Australian iconic locations when it comes to baked goods – for me, it is like the Marysville Bakery – it is just that good.  Being that good is probably why the customer service is just so BAD – because of their excellent chocolate donuts, whenever we have visitors staying with us, the Pt Elliot Bakery (like Ballast Stone Winery, and the Alexandrina Cheese Factory) is one those places you just have to stop – and so after dozens of visits, we are yet to strike a person who is pleased to be working there or pleased to see a customer….but this is not a customer service blog, now is it (now that is an idea that will fester…)?

Latte Quality – Excellent – which surprised everyone, because the girl making it hardly even looked at the machine – seemingly focussed upon the clock which was ticking down to knock off time (or so we mused).

Cost – $3.80 for a regular take away, which was on the small side of things

Coffee SupplierGriffiths Coffee

Fair Trade – No indication in store – in actual fact we had to ask the girl what the coffee was – and at a great inconvenience to her, she says over her shoulder as she dismisses us “Griffiths”

Customer Service –  – would have been less painful and awkward to make it myself

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat,  Deep and Meaningful, and/or Study and Reflection – No – one of these – just way to busy (the baked goods as that great – it is not unusual to see a line up of people out the door and the down the street, despite there being about 15 staff working inside – they are efficient, just not friendly).
But – and probably the most important but – is that their Chocolate Donuts are arguably the best in the world!!

Mt Evelyn Bakery & Café – Mt Evelyn, VIC

16 York Road, Mount Evelyn, VIC, 3146

A coffee stop on our whirlwind tour of three distinct expressions of church.  Let’s be honest – as the sign would indicate, this is a bakery that serves coffee – not a coffee shop – so that is an excuse.  The Vanilla slice was great for the first three bites, and then became sickly sweet and the staff were…less than pleased that they had customers.  But other than that….

Latte Quality – Passable.

Cost – $3.00 which is good value for money

Coffee Supplier – not indicated anywhere – which is never a good sign

Fair Trade – see above.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat/Deep and Meaningful/Study and Reflection – probably not – not sure if any of the staff from Careforce frequent this place – they may have a different perspective.
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