Category Archives: Marion

The Coffee Club – Marion, SA

Kiosk 206 Westfield Shopping Town, 297 Diagonal Rd, OAKLAND PARK,  SA 5046

On my way to see the seventh and penultimate Harry Potter movie, I decided that I needed a caffeine fix – and this place was closest (other than the $3.50 automatic coffee machine ‘coffee’ [word used loosely] available within the new candy bar run at the Cinema) – so I lined up, ordered my latte and proceeded to watch the entertainment that the staff offered. Let me just say, that if my lip reading skills were of higher quality I would have been much more offended at the things that the manager/barista was calling her waiting staff as soon as their backs were turned.  But on to the coffee review…

Latte Quality – Passable – a really long wait, for scoldingly hot coffee – which could just as easily have been instant.

Cost – $4.20 regular latter – which is on the expensive side of things – $4.40 if I wanted it to go.

Coffee SupplierOwn Brand

Fair Trade – No – although they promote their involvement with UTZ Certification – which is “coffee supports the farmers and their families through labour rights, healthcare, water and housing. The program also protects the environment by ensuring water and energy conservation, and protection of the landscape and soil”

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat/Deep and Meaningful/Study and Reflection – Not really as it is located in the busiest part of the Marion shopping complex.  The Coffee Club at Knox City is perfect for all these activities as it was a favourite haunt of mine when I lived in that part of the world.

Cibo Espresso – Marion, SA

Westfield Marion, Level 1, Kiosk 115, 297 Diagonal Rd, Oaklands Park SA 5046

Another South Australian coffee success story (and people in Melbourne think they know about coffee….), Cibo Espresso grew out of the passionate love of coffee from four first and second generation Italian-Australians, who wanted to provide a ‘simply Italian’ experience for their customers. With their distinctive decor (not to be confused by that other very Un Cafe like place, with remarkably similar decor), Cibo Espresso bars are now not only found all around Adelaide, but are also in Queensland.  A colleague and I often meet to ‘solve the world’s problems’ at Cibo’s, but the weight is lifted by the coffee…

Latte Quality – Excellent – lovely rich, thick foam with a 17 second descent rate, which insulated a hot coffee, even after a few minutes of resting

Cost – good to average – a regular (alto) Café Latte will set you back $3.20

Coffee Supplier – Assumed to be their own label – no obvious information around the store (kiosk)

Fair Trade – No

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – No – being in the middle of a large shopping centre, the ambient noise levels don’t allow for quiet anythings.
  • Deep and Meaningful – A possibility – depends on your ability to maintain attention and focus.  Lots of people walking by on either side of the kiosk, and if people know you are there – interupts can be plentiful (perhaps I shouldn’t have mentioned I was there on my Facebook….?)
  • Study and Reflection – Surprising Yes – not the best place for quiet reflection, but I found the noise levels quite ok, allowing me to bury my head in Ben Witherington III’s Commentary on The Acts of the Apostles for about an hour or so…
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