Category Archives: Café/Coffee Wholesaler

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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The Coffee Barun – Sefton Park, SA

217-219 Main North Rd (cnr Third Ave), Sefton Park,   SA,   5083

It is not very often that a third party café recommendation comes any where near the rap that it was given – you know the drill, “Sae” (well perhaps not that part, cos that is just me) but they say “[insert name here] you have just got to try the ‘so and so café’ it was the best coffee ever – latte bliss in your mouth – friendly staff, great atmosphere – the works!” – and then you go, and the place serves Nescafe Blend 43 (or equivalent) from a dripolator – with powered milk on the side…??? Sound familiar???

Well, now I have had a café recommendation that not only met expectations – but exceeded them so much, you could barely see them in the distance!!  Thanks to Josh [click on the link and check out the new website] – who recommended The Coffee Barun – it was coffee person’s heaven – it was like what all serious coffee places should be like!!  Plenty of tables, comfortable seats, clean floors (see previous detailed review below), friendly knowledgeable staff – and you are literally surrounded by all things coffee.  The only down side that I can see is (1) the location – it is north of the city, hence a long was from me and (2) the location – it was really hard to find and then get into – but if you really like coffee, it is worth it!  Trust Me!

Latte Quality – Excellent – Lattastic – because of my previous commitment to you my reader (you know who you are) not to go overboard, I will need to go back to try them again before I declare that they make Adelaide’s best coffee – but……

Cost – $4.00 – for a large – and it was VERY large – good value for money.  I ordered a large because it was my first cup for the afternoon and I had a 100km trip home ahead of me.

Coffee Supplier – They roast their own – in house – The Coffee Barun

Fair Trade – No mention of Fairtrade in store – but they have both Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance beans available for purchase via the website.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat, Deep and Meaningful, Study and Reflection – Absolutely – I was there from 2-3pm on a Monday afternoon – and there was the two of us, and two other tables with customers on them.

If it wasn’t for geography, I’d be there every week for sermon prep – I hope it will becomes the new coffee place of the Conference HQ staff as it is just 5 mins walk up the road. They also have a kid friendly indoor play area, and a few tables outside – not sure about parking, I ended up in the Northpark Plaza carpark, across the road and down a bit. I can’t wait to go back or Please, please, please open a store on the South Coast – preferably on my side of the hills….

Grounds For Coffee – Mount Barker, SA

17 Walker Street, Mount Barker, SA, 5251

When I first moved to the existentially angsted (if that is not already a word, it should be….) Adelaide Hills, this was the first place I discovered that made ‘real’ coffee – and subsequently, it became for a season my ‘local’ coffee place.  It was where I went for meetings with colleagues, with co-workers and with congregation members all who were in search of an ear to hear, and some caffeine to stimulate.  Not sure whether this is a pro or a con for Grounds For Coffee, but it used to the regular coffee place of former Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexander Downer whose electoral office was around the corner.  However, after some less than satisfactory coffee experiences there (nothing to do with Downer, I am sure), I drifted further afield, and so this morning was, in sorts, a return home.  And don’t you just hate it when the memory and the reality as so far removed, as to be almost but not entirely indistinguishable from each other?

Latte Quality – Passable – a good looking foam, that only held up the raw sugar for about 8 seconds.  The first sip made my face contort, like someone unsure about whether this lemon upon which I am sucking is sweet or sour, or both. The coffee was either very, very strong (I have blinked since, so….) or burnt.  However, its (or my) palate improved, but even now, some two hours hence, I still have a less than pleasant taste in my mouth.

Cost – High – $3.50 for a ‘regular’ which in other places would be a small, or $4.00 for a ‘megalatte’ – which I ordered, and was perhaps my downfall.

Coffee Supplier – Their coffee machine and grinder are without label, but their signage and business cards indicate that Grounds For Coffee are coffee wholesalers as well as retailers.

Fair Trade – Is an option.  You can purchase coffee by the bag, with two variations of Fair Trade Coffee available.  To the best of my knowledge, this was the first Adelaide Hills Coffee place to sell Fair Trade.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – During the week this is a great place for a quiet deep and meaningful chat, as long as it doesn’t get too busy. The background music is a good combination of classical and easy listening, without those songs which get stuck in your head and demand of you, your solidarity in song.
  • Deep and Meaningful –Great – see above.
  • Study and Reflection – I went there today with the express (espresso?? – sorry) purpose of completing my sermon prep pre-reading, and it proved to be a more than suitable venue.  Just a pity about the coffee.
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