Category Archives: Goolwa

Caffé de Carlo – Goolwa, SA

Shop 4, 33 Hutchinson Street, Goolwa, SA, 5214

For some unknown reason, this place has never been reviewed on – so after our bi-monthly Goolwa Connect meeting, it is high time it was.  Caffé de Carlo is one of the more popular places in town, where locals can go for eats and drinks either before or after their weekly shopping at either the big green one who owns all the pokkies, or the local Foodland supporting South Australians. Situated just inside the doors at the river end of the Goolwa Shopping Complex, Caffe de Carlo can satisify your hot/cold/alcoholic/standard drinking desires, while also sating your appetite with your café standards – foccacias, door stops, salt & pepper squid etc.

Latte Quality – Good – nothing wrong with it at all – just in comparison to some that I have tried lately, it ranks as good.

Cost – $3.40 – which is below average for standard sized latte glass.

Coffee Supplier – Vittoria Coffee

Fair Trade – No – although until recently there used to be a sign up indicating that your could purchase Fair Trade coffee here – not sure what happened.

Special Notes – There are inside and outside areas.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat, Deep and Meaningful, Study – most likely – although this is not a venue I would choose for any, due to it being so close to such a busy thoroughfare.

Signal Point Café – Goolwa, SA

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Loose Goose Café – Goolwa, SA

by Loose Goose Food Design Ballast Stone Cellar Door Complex – Signal Point, Goolwa Wharf, SA, 5214

Also known locally as the ‘Signal Point Café’, this is the newest café to open in and around Goolwa and the South Coast – taking its place amongst the rebirth of the Signal Point Complex, that sits high above the Goolwa Wharf.  The café itself takes advantage of its high location, with plenty of seating to make the most of the elevated views up river, and down towards the barrages – you can also see what everyone is doing down at Hectors… Unfortunately, due to the nature of the building – it seems as though Loose Goose has been shoved into a hole in the wall (quite literally) – and it is from there, that they function – but one can assume that if their venture takes off, they may be able to stretch their wings in the true goose fashion…

Latte Quality – Good – not bad – but my socks stayed firmly on my feet.  [SEE COMMENT BELOW FOR UPDATE]

Cost – $3.50 – however it is on the small side

Coffee SupplierMonjava

Fair Trade – No mention in the café nor on the Monjava website.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat/Deep and Meaningful/Study and Reflection – Absolutely – I spent an hour or so here doing some preparatory reading for my first sermon in my ‘Sermon on the Mount’ series – you just need to ignore the gorgeous view!

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Check out the new page where from time to time I will rank my Top 5 latte locations.

aquacaf – Goolwa, SA

Barrage Road, Goolwa, SA, 5214

Having made previous declarations about finding the ‘best coffee’ in ______ and then returning to find that with a different barrista that the coffee is somewhat ordinary, I decided at a ‘Let’s Catch Up for a Coffee’ team meeting, that the next time I find ‘the best coffee in _____’ that I will test my findings twice before posting.  So what follows is the result of two different visits and two different barristas.

I have finally found the best coffee in Goolwa – hands down, without a doubt – stop the presses (paper, garlic, flower, wine or otherwise) you can stop your searching.  Even before moving down here I had heard about the aquacaf, so I was keen to try it – but after several attempts to sample their wares and always finding the place closed, I moved on to other places.  However recently, needing a place for a coffee and a chat type meeting, I decided to give them another go and ‘hazar!’ they were open, and ‘hazar’ the coffee was fantastic.  On my first visit I always went halves with my co-meeter in a custard, caramel noodle thing which was just to die for!  Located on the Goolwa Channel, with views back towards the bridge, and over towards the barrages – it is another fine example of Goolwa’s unrivaled cafe views.  With both indoor and outdoor seating, it is a great place for lunch and a coffee – as long as you are hungry and/or thirty on Thursday through Monday.  Also, be aware that they have a $20 minimum spend if you want to use a card of any sort (kind of annoying when you only want 2 coffees).

Latte QualityLattastic! – sampled twice to make sure – and both times it was near perfect!

Cost – $4.00 – for a large latte in a mug.

Coffee SupplierMahalia Coffee

Fair Trade – No at the aquacaf – at least there were no signs to indicate such – but Mahalia do do a few Fair Trade coffee blends.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – definitely – plenty of seating indoors and out
  • Deep and Meaningful – Yes – as above – inside is noisy enough to cover any confidentialities, but not too noise that you need to shout.
  • Study and Reflection – Yes – I would be tempted to do so on a sermon preparation reading Monday…

Not forgotten

I have not forgotten about this blog, nor have I  been on a coffee fast.  However, fast is a way to describe my experience of time duration over the past few weeks and while coffee has been consumed in new and exciting places, blogging reviews has yet to be achieved.  But fear not – notes have been kept, impressions written down, experiences savoured – and in due course (or dew coarse – depending on how you view things) latte reviews will be posted on Cafe Pallazo, Norwood; Jamaicablue, Noarlunga Centre; and Aquacaf, Goolwa.

The Whistle Stop Cafe Restaurant & Antiques‎ – Goolwa, SA

7 Hay Street, Goolwa, SA, 5214

Being literally two minutes walk from where I spend my days, I have often drifted past this cafe, read the sign, and thought of that horrible movie that I was made to watch in English class at high school.*  So finally, this week, I managed to get over there and check it out.  The place has a really nice vibe about it – while not being large for a restaurant, the aesthetic quality of the interior is comfortable, while not being ‘try-hard.’  It has a full menu restaurant service – but I can not comment on this, as to date all I have sampled is the coffee.  So, to the review:

Latte Quality – Good – I think I was the first coffee of the day, so that may have altered the taste – bud not bad.

Cost – $3.50 – so about average

Coffee Supplier – South Australia’s own Coffeeworld

Fair Trade – No indication in store, nor on the coffee world website.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – Yes – seating both inside and out – but I would avoid meal times, as the number of cars/people increases dramatically.
  • Deep and Meaningful – again, Yes – particularly if you are there first thing in the morning – around 10am is good.
  • Study and Reflection – also Yes – if you go there when it opens, and order a coffee – it would be a great place to read a book for a couple of hours.

* – Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

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