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Market 190 – McLaren Vale, SA

190 Main Street, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171

McLaren Vale is becoming, more and more a place, the place to go to enjoy great food, pretty good wine (couldn’t praise it too highly – I am, after all, a Barossa boy) and a great coffee culture.  Market 190, located in at the bottom end (Victor Harbor Road) of the Main Street, is a Café come Providore which is open 7 days per week for breakfast, lunch and browsing.  Having always been partial to the other end of town, I discovered Market 190 via the good old ‘Google’ and am so glad I did.  I met with a colleague and friend for lunch and a coffee, and not did we enjoy a  generously hearty Café style beef burger, but also the ambiance of the place and the coffee (my friend is also a trained Barista – and while he thought his coffee is better, he still drank it all….) – so to the review:

Latte Quality – Good/Excellent – I had two, and while the first one was better than the second (a change in staff, may be the reason) both were very drinkable on a cold, drizzly day.

Cost – $3.30 – for a cup ($4.50 Mug, 50c for an extra shot) – which is about average.

Coffee Supplier – locally roasted, RIO Coffee

Fair Trade –  Yes – stickers on the windows, Fair Trade Coffee on the menu (Ethiopian Organic), and beans for sale on the counter.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Meeting – Quiet Chat – Study and Reflection – I am sure this place gets plenty busy on weekends and in the warmer months, but there is ample seating indoors – with a few nooks and crannies – if privacy is needed, and it seems as though there would also be tables outside on a nice day.  I’ll definitely be back.

You can also follow Market 190 via their Facebook Page.

Bracegirdle’s – McLaren Vale, SA

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!!
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