The Top 5


Based upon the memory of a great café latte experience, what here follows are my Top 5 lattes and locations:

The Top 5 – Christmas 2011 Update

  1. Paddy’s LanternAdelaide, SA: This place launched not long after I signed up to Twitter – and there was some hullaballo when it opened – and on my first try, I was not disappointed. Hard to find with crap parking – but a great comfortable interior, serving 5 Senses coffee from a sexy Synesso machine – and awesome light lunches.
  2. The Pantry on EgmontHawthorn, SA: In this little out of the way cafe in the leafy greenness that is Hawthorn, lurks Stef and the team – with a great love of coffee, serving the excellent locally roasted Dr Groot – this place is just wonderful. Russell does a great breakfast too!
  3. The Two Bees Café – Victor Harbor, SA:  Whenever I get the opportunity or have the need to travel the 22kms down the coast to Victor, this is the place where I MUST stop and grab a latte.  Serving fantastic Zentveld’s from Byron Bay, The Two Bees has super friendly staff, great food and in good weather a great view down towards the Island.
  4. Coffee By The BeansLockleys, SA: Another one of these great places in strange locations – this is a must stop if you are going too or coming from the airport.  Roasting their own beans off site, Vincent, Daniel and Richard are serious about coffee and are serious about you liking their product.  The only draw back in the location and the fact that they don’t do online shopping….
  5. A’Vila CoffeeAdelaide, SA: The nearly not yet review place serves the legendary Campos Coffee – so this MUST make the top 5. Located near the old Academy Cinema City in Hindmarsh Square, theses guys love their coffee – and so did I.

The Top 5 – from August 2011

  1. The Two Bees Café Victor Harbor, SA:  Whenever I get the opportunity or have the need to travel the 22kms down the coast to Victor, this is the place where I MUST stop and grab a latte.  Serving fantastic Zentveld’s from Byron Bay, The Two Bees has super friendly staff, great food and in good weather a great view down towards the Island.
  2. Sazo’n Espresso BarMount Barker, SA: For pure coffee experience, this is the place to go – friendly staff, skilled baristas and a nice selection of food – and the special Veneziano Caffe beans – make for a special experience.
  3. The Coffee BarunSefton Park, SA:  If not for geography, this would be my second home – friendly expert staff who want you to want their coffee – this is a coffee lovers paradise.  They also have an online coffee bean store, and it is their beans I am currently grinding at home.
  4. La Terre Café and JardinageWillunga, SA: This place was a great find – only been here the once (for a couple of coffees) but loved the experience, and will be back as soon as I get a reason to head on over the hill to Willunga.
  5. AquaCaf – Goolwa, SA: Despite currently being closed, now that tourist season is all but over (showing disdain to the local population), and although when the place is open is largely guess work, AquaCaf still provides excellent coffee on the banks of the Goolwa Channel/Murray River with inspiring views and a peaceful atmosphere – also has an excellent range of food.  The take-away coffee is also excellent.

The Top 5 – from March 2011

  1. Café Lime – Goolwa, SA: This place is now MY local café – and I am oft to be found either sitting in their doing my sermon pre-reading, or waiting patiently chatting to staff while they filled my ‘hook turn’ silicon reusable coffee cup with a large latte.  Award winning barrista – consistently good Amanti Coffee.
  2. The Anchorage – Victor Harbor, SA: Not here as often as I used to but still a great place to take an armful of books, grab a consistently excellent latte and do some sermon prep.  Also a plus are the friendly staff (who have a good memory for faces and coffee preferences) and the great view of the ocean, if you get the right table.
  3. The Store – North Adelaide, SA: First went here for pre-marriage legal document signing stuff many years ago, and found it to still be as good – many years later.  Also does a mighty breakfast.  When in the neighbourhood – check it out.
  4. cafe NOVA – Fitzroy, VIC: A nice place just to sit back and watch the ‘o-so-interesting’ world of Melbourne go by.
  5. AquaCaf – Goolwa, SA: Now that tourist season is drawing to a close, and although when the place is open is largely guess work, AquaCaf still provides excellent coffee on the banks of the Goolwa Channel/Murray River with inspiring views and a peaceful atmosphere – also has an excellent range of food.  The take-away coffee is also excellent.

The Top 5 – from September 2010

  1. The AnchorageVictor Harbor, SA: This place has become my almost weekly coffee spot – a great place to take an armful of books, grab a consistently excellent latte and do some sermon prep.  Also a plus are the friendly staff (who have a good memory for faces and coffee preferences) and the great view of the ocean, if you get the right table.
  2. AquaCaf – Goolwa, SA: Now that it has reopened for the tourist season, I can say with confidence that it still provides excellent coffee on the banks of the Goolwa Channel/Murray River with inspiring views and a peaceful atmosphere – also has an excellent range of food.  The take-away coffee is also excellent.
  3. The Little Leaf and Bean – Blackwood, SA: Has only dropped down the list due to the tyranny of distance, but I am sure that Courtenay and all the staff continue to consistently supply excellent coffee, friendly service, great food, funky atmosphere, free internet…
  4. The green room on high street – Willunga, SA: Only recently discovered, but had to make the list on that first excellent coffee alone.  Funky atmosphere created by those who have an ardent care for our world – great place, check it out!  I can’t wait to go back and have a second cup.
  5. Lars – Hyde Park, SA: This place still makes my top 5 from the memory of my first coffee here, and while I no longer get to go there, I am sure that it still makes a good coffee,  and is still a great place for a breakfast meeting.

The Top 5 – from June 2010

  1. The Little Leaf and BeanBlackwood, SA: Consistently excellent coffee, friendly service, great food, funky atmosphere, free internet…what more could you ask for?  Other than it was perhaps a little closer to home!
  2. AquaCafGoolwa, SA: Excellent coffee on the banks of the Goolwa Channel/Murray River with inspiring views and a peaceful atmosphere – also has an excellent range of food.
  3. LarsHyde Park, SA: This place makes my top 5 from the memory of my first coffee here (as the subsequent two have been good and then excellent respectively) – this is also a great place for a breakfast meeting – I recommend ‘The Queen’s Breakfast’
  4. Pronto Fine Food MerchantsWarrnambool, VIC: The best coffee I have had across the border since starting this blog – highly recommended if you ever find yourself in need of a coffee in Warrnambool – make sure you also try the Nougat!
  5. 3Three Monkeys Fine FoodsWillunga, SA: similar in style and content to Pronto – this is a great little place half way up the main street of Willunga, at the foot of the famous hill.  Perhaps a place to stop next year during the Tour Down Under??
  1. Justine Humphreys

    Hello! I stumbled across your quality blog & wanted to ask if you have experienced any updates/changes by way of a great coffee in the fleurieu peninsula for 2012?
    My husband (a worship leader from riverview church in Perth, and a passionate coffee consumer) toddler & I are about to make the annual trek to my hometown of adelaide to spend some time checking out the fleurieu. Good coffee is a must! We’re a bit spoilt with getting a good deal on 5 senses beans at home (a nice perk for working for the advertising/design company who did their branding!) Just thought I’d throw the question out there so I’ve got my travel priorities in order! Now, how to deal with a robust toddler on the plane…
    Thanks for your time & blog!

    • Hi Justine – thanks for your comments – and I know you and your family will enjoy the return to your hometown – the quality of coffee in the city itself is even better than Melbourne (or at least my experience of the coffee since moving to Melbourne in July). Unfortunately the Fleurieu is not keeping up the standards – the best consistent place “The Two Bees” in Victor has recently closed – but my best tips would be the High Street in Willunga – some great places there – The Jetty in Normanville – Aquacaf in Goolwa and depending on who is behind the machine, The Anchorage in Victor Harbor. Enjoy you holiday!

      • Justine Humphreys

        Thank you so much for your response and suggestions. There’s nothing quite like a good recommendation, so we’ll let you know how we go.
        I hope Melbourne is treating you well! All the best. And thanks again for your time.

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