Category Archives: Normanville

Seagull Droppings – Normanville, SA

Seagull Droppings Gallery and Espresso Bar – Corner Main South & Hay Flat Roads, Normanville, SA, 5204

This is one of the funky little art gallery come cafés that seem to pop up all over the place in tourist areas – it is also one of those places where if you blinked at the wrong time you’d miss the sign – but having seen it, you’ll never forget it.  Only open Thursday – Sunday, it is well worth a drop in when you are passing by – not only for the exciting art, which is generally all made in house by artist Andrew Munn, but also for the aesthetics and coffee.  And judging by the number of locals who were there when I called past only minutes after opening, it is a popular place.

Latte Quality – Good – but again, too hot!  Not sure what it is about coffee places in this part of the world, but three out of four need to be checking their thermometres.

Cost – $3.00 – which is a good price, but cup was on the smaller side of things.

Coffee SupplierMahalia – which is one of my favourite South Australian bean sources.

Fair Trade – Mahalia do do some Fair Trade Coffee but the one used here – and in most locations – is their Blend No.2 which is not Fair Trade.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat, Deep and Meaningful, Study and Reflection – Yes – seating inside and out (in a courtyard) and I would guess that mostly the artist in residence is not that noisy.  I guess it depends on  how many locals come in for their coffee plus D&M.

The Court House Café – Normanville, SA

52 Main Street, Normanville, SA 5204

After a disastrous start to my new coffee adventures on the south-south coast (Fleurieu Peninsula) I was really hoping that this would at the very least bring this region back to a par level, however I am always suspicious of any place that announces with all humility that it has ‘the best coffee in town.’  According to their promotional material, “The Court House Café is Normanville’s newest dining alternative offering the best of the Fleurieu region’s outstanding produce.  At the Court House Café, you’ll find rustic food prepared with love and bursting with flavour.  Occupying the 1860’s heritage court house, the Court House Café is open for brunch and lunch daily from 8:30, and evenings Wednesday through sunday for tapas and evening meals.”

Latte Quality – Good – again it was served exceedingly hot, and my first sip did not bode well – but after 20 minutes of sitting with it, the actual flavour of the coffee was excellent.

Cost – $3.80 for regular

Coffee Supplier – Adelaide Hills Coffee Roasting Company, 1 Hereford Avenue Hahndorf – after a Google search, no website found.

Fair Trade – Unknown – no indication instore, but I suspect not.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat, Deep and Meaningful and Study and Reflection  – there is plenty of seating, both inside and out – just make sure you are not there during one of their special ‘sing along’ times.  There is a Beatles Sing Along session coming up soon!!

Jetty Food Store – Normanville, SA

48 Main Road, Normanville, SA, 5204

I was at our annual denominational (although we kid ourselves by saying almost creed like that we are a movement, not a denomination) convention last week and we heard, on the Saturday about the importance of Church planting – not just sending people from one church into a new location and replicating a model – but sending people into a location to contextualise a meaningful connection with God and developing a worshipping community (aka church) that is incarnational. Dibs on Normanville!

Now on Day 5 of my three weeks annual leave and due to an unfortunate run-in with the  LG ‘not in any way a’ customer service centre after my Blu-Ray player stopped playing Blu-Rays and just become a black box in the lounge room which led me to drop said black box at the Christie’s Beach TV place, who could teach LG a lot about customer service – we ending up in Normanville for lunch (of course while vaguely connected these events could be mutually exclusive, but I am in a rambling kind of mood – so shoot me).  I had only recently read about this place online after booking four days holiday in a not quite on the beach, beach house (they are cheaper that way) down that way – and I can confirm that their website in no way at all misrepresents them.

The Jetty Food Store is a great example of an incarnational cafe, proudly being evangelical about good quality, organic (where possible) food – and serving great coffee to boot!

Latte Quality – Good – Excellent – which was surprising consider the recent news and feedback that has been coming out about their bean supplier…I suspect this is a testament to the barrista!

Cost – $4.40 – for a regular – which is on the expensive side of things.

Coffee Supplier – Rio Coffee – who have finally completed their website.  I had been told that since Rio changed the person in change of their coffee roasting that their quality had dramatically gone down hill – but never having been a fan of their coffee – it tasted pretty good today.

Fair Trade – Yes – proudly displaying the logo and the name on their roadside blackboards, on the window and on the stand selling the bagged coffee direct to the public.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat, Deep and Meaningful, Study and Reflection – Absolutely – Lunch time on a Friday was busy, but not loud – we sat road side and it was very pleasant.  It it wasn’t about an hours drive away, I would consider it a location for a days reading and reflection.
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