Category Archives: Café/Cellar Door
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!!!!
58 Waterport Road, Port Elliot, SA, 5212
Now I may need to offer a foreword to this review because of two factors:
- This place has been recommended to me as ‘the best new place for coffee on the coast’ by so many people, which tends to influence a review; and
- Until now, every time I have made the effort to head there for a coffee, they have been closed.
On this rainy Monday, as I turned my thoughts towards my next preaching series after my return from paternity leave (my wife and I are expected our second child to be born any minute now – literally), I grabbed a new book that was delivered with first mail of the day and headed out for a coffee or two as I spent the Monday morning recovering from the Sunday before. So with “Reclaiming the Imagination – The Exodus as Paradigmatic Narrative for Preaching“under my arm, I ventured down to Port Elliot for stop one.
No.58 appears from a quick glance as you go roaring past on the Port Elliot by-pass as a new shed in paddock of vines – and in reality it is – however it is a funky shed, with a deck set next to a uniquely misshapen old pine tree, an almost mighty red gum and then surrounded by a field of vines. No.58 is a Cellar Door and Gallery which opened sometime last summer and doubles as a coffee place for those stuck between Middleton and Victor Harbor. This fully lined shed, is furnished with an eclectic bunch of furniture, ranging from leather lounges to rustic kitchen tables/chairs to wicker furniture with the walls covered by pieces of local art – and – the pièce de résistance – is the roaring nectare fire place. When I arrived, the only person in earshot was on his way out – and despite protestations to the contrary, seemed reluctant to actually have a customer (I was the only one who was there for the entire hour) who desired a coffee and a place to work – but anyway….
Latte Quality – Good – it was a very strong coffee, and has a slightly burnt taste to it – perhaps over extracted?
Cost – $3.50 – which is spot on the money for a regular latte these days – although the glass was on the smaller side of the scale.
Coffee Supplier – Rio Coffee
Fairtrade – No indication that what I was drinking was Fairtrade – although Rio do do three distinctive Fairtrade Organic Blends.
Special Notes – this had confused me, because it was popular but seemed to never be open – but now we know. Open in school holidays – 7 days 10am-5pm – and then Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday-Monday 10am-4pm
Venue Suitable for:
- Quiet Chat, Deep and Meaningful, Study – absolutely. As mentioned above I was the only person there for over an hour – the chairs were comfortable, the fire was lovely – if the coffee had been better I may still have been there now! There is plenty of space inside, although I suspect that during school holidays and in the finer weather the place would quickly become crowded.
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
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”
29 Mill Terrace, Middleton, SA, 5213
Having driven past the sign a number of times on weekends, I was looking forward to an opportunity to finally sample the coffee at this extraordinarily interesting looking building. Now I know that we do not have a great deal of european history in Oz (at least not in comparison to other parts of the world – 220 years or so) but I always find the insides of old mills and factories – especially ones that are now being used for other purposes, to be fascinating. And this one is no exception – as it is now an occasional wine bar, cellar door, café and purveyor of 50s, 60s, and 70s furniture. I visited the Mill on Sunday afternoon with a group of ladies from church, who like me, weren’t really in the mood for a hit of tennis or a surf – and so we ventured forth and infiltrated this play of purveyance to negotiate the vending of some caffeinated combustibles.
Latte Quality – Good – good colour, bit too much foam – but it was ok.
Cost – $3.00 – for a standard sized cup.
Coffee Supplier – Villeré Coffee – from the McLaren Vale
Fair Trade – No mention in the café nor on the website
Venue Suitable for:
- Quiet Chat/Deep and Meaningful/Study and Reflection – A good possibility – however, the mill is only open on weekends 10am – 4pm according to their printed material, but also on Fridays according to their website – click HERE for more. So on long weekend my guess is the place would be packed – and they have occasional live music.
Inside Oxenberry Farm Cellar Door Complex – 26 Kangarilla Rd, McLaren Vale
This place had been given a HUGE build up by a friend/brother/colleague of mine so I approached the experience with trepidation, fully expecting my expectations to be found wanting as is the case in so many coffee houses – boy was I wrong. Well to begin with, its in McLaren Vale – the Barossa of the South – so already it is on the right track. Bracegirdle’s is part of the Oxenberry Farm Cellar Door complex, so at one end of the room you have wine tasting (something I didn’t partake on this occasion – but must do in the future) and at the other end you have the coffee/chocolate of which Bracegirdles are famous for in SA. The setting is beside a gently sloping grassed area which leads to a lake, surrounded by vines with views of the lower Adelaide Hills in the background…nice (or as they say in SA ‘Heaps Good!’)
Latte Quality – Excellent – good colour, good foam thickness and with a nice ‘leaf’ design on top – Bracegirdles are widely awarded for the quality and skill of their barristas.
Cost – $5.00 for a large mug – which is expensive, but the volume of said mug is expansive.
Coffee Supplier – I was informed that their coffee was produced inhouse – however, their website indicates that the coffee is source from a Melbourne Coffee company called Atomica.
Fair Trade – No.
Venue Suitable for:
- Quiet Chat – We were the only two there in the mid to late Wednesday afternoon – so a definite Yes.
- Deep and Meaningful – again, Yes – see above. There is also outdoor seating with views of the lake.
- Study and Reflection – As long as it wasn’t school holidays and it was during the working week this would be a great place to do some quiet reflection and/or reading. A great location for a personal retreat day!!