A Mother's Milk

A Mother’s Milk

For many café owners, a toned-down, rustic look is a design choice made to increase the character of their venue. But for A Mother’s Milk in South Australia, it began as a necessity.

“When the original owners set up the café, they didn’t have much of a budget for design, so it was quite raw, with exposed bricks and wooden floorboards. But the concept has become more popular and it looks amazing now,” Owner Tania Basheer says.  Read more

Sazón Espresso

Sazón Espresso

In 2011, Oswaldo and Jose Estrella channelled their Mexican heritage and more than 20 years of hospitality experience into their first café, Sazón Espresso, in Mount Barker. In 2015, the cousins added a second venue in the Adelaide CBD to their portfolio.

“We felt there were a lot of places that really had similar concepts and that we could do something different,” Oswaldo says. Read more

Devour Café Patisserie

Devour Café Patisserie

When the original Devour was forced to relocate, Owner Quang Nguyen chose to adjust the venue’s focus from late night desserts to morning coffee.

Devour’s reborn menu now focuses on breakfast food with an Asian twist.

“We like to do things a bit differently. Our breakfast bao in particular has been pretty popular. We do a range of them using different ingredients like egg and bacon, panko crumbed chicken, and mushroom and halloumi,” Quang says. Read more

Third Time Lucky

Third Time Lucky

Despite winning the Australian Brewers Cup Championship, Third Time Lucky Co-owner Heath Dalziel has kept himself grounded.

“Adelaide has a way of humbling you I guess,” he says. “But it’s great to have people come from interstate or overseas who have made a point to check out the café.” Read more

Acacia Henley Beach 

Acacia Henley Beach Director and Co-owner Elisa Mercurio has used her café’s beachside backdrop to merge her love of sophisticated city dwellings with a relaxed beach vibe.

She opened the venue on Boxing Day 2017, and it has become the local hangout for customers to enjoy high quality coffee, food, wine, and service.  Read more

Sfizio Cucina

Things fell into place when business partners Guiliano Vello and Christian D’Angelo wanted a fresh start opening a new café project.

First, the land and venue they wanted suddently became vacant. Then, Guiliano took advantage of his long-standing relationship with George Haralabakis at Grinders Coffee and made the decision to take the iconic roaster brand with him to his new venue, Sfizio Cucina.

“I was so impressed with Grinders’ support. It took one and a half months to convince my business partners, but once I did we haven’t looked back,” Guiliano says.

Sfizio Cucina uses Grinders’ Organic Fair Trade blend on its Rancilio Classe 9. This blend is features bright acidity, rich sweetness and medium body. The aroma consists of pungent sweet fruit. The long, smooth aftertaste features notes of fruit and chocolate.

“It really does taste great. I look for a clean tasting coffee with a nice and robust after taste,” Guiliano says.

“We want our fans to be happy and we  need to keep them coming back time and time again. With this blend, our beautiful food and top-notch service, there’s no reason they shouldn’t,” Guilano says.

An extensive variety of milks are available to complement the coffee menu, including almond, soy, and coconut, as well as organic tea.

Guiliano has designed an open, warm, and inviting space for families to come and enjoy, with facilities so clean he says it’d be safe enough to eat off the floor.

But rather than do that, the head chef has prepared a breakfast and lunch menu that’s full of “family classics” Guiliano  says people want to enjoy when out as a family. Sfizio Cucina use a large variety of locally-sourced produce, including fresh freerange eggs for its breakfash menu, and homestyle cakes prepared from locals in the area. Must-try items include the marinara, pizzas, and risottos. Cold press juices are also available and a perfect choice of the summer months.

“The best feeling is giving someone the pleasure of good food and good coffee. When customers give us positive feedback, it’s such a rewarding feeling,” Guiliano says.

Bonobo Espresso

For the past 10 years Derek Crozier has been known in the Australian coffee industry as “the video guy”, carefully capturing every angle of pour and presentation for the Australian national coffee championships, from the first competitor to the last. After years of observing baristas and hearing them speak about their passion for café work, Derek has decided to join the club and call himself a café owner.

“My dream has come true,” Derek says. “We opened up in August and the progression has been fantastic. We had a great first day, on the second we doubled what we made on the first, and on the third we doubled the second. I’ve run cafés before and helped in a consulting role, but I’ve never opened my own place until now, and I love it.”

Derek looked for the perfect site for more than a year until he settled on Adelaide’s famous Bank Street.

“This area was missing speed and quality at the same go. I want people to know we can do both,” he says. “Adelaide is running just a little behind Melbourne – we’ve only just discovered the attraction to laneways, but the coffee scene is like a food court – there’s so much choice. There’s an influx of specialty cafés and franchises are closing down. Bank Street in particular is on the rise. With more quality places popping up, it’s definitely raising the bar overall.”

Derek says with all the competition, it’s his passion for customer service that shines through. “We’re serving boutique coffee in a white collar area and keeping things simple,” he says.

One of the first things customers will notice about Bonobo Espresso is Derek’s love for apes, and hexagons. On the wall is a giant chimpanzee wearing headphones and drinking coffee.

“Michael Jackson had a chimpanzee called Bubbles, and now we’ve got our own,” Derek says.

He describes Bonobo Espresso as “simple, sleek, and clean”. Move over industrial design and exposed Scandinavian wood – Derek says it’s refreshing to brighten up a dark laneway space with stark white walls and pops of green, most notably on his La Marzocco two-group Linea Classic.

Head Barista Alex Loft is the master of the machines. He takes charge of the La Marazocco and the one-group EspressoDeck, the first to be installed in South Australia. “We’ve been running our single origins through it, such as our Costa Rican, and loving it,” Derek says.

Customers can try Kommon Ground’s Monkey Magic house blend, which combines Colombian, Brazilian, and Indian beans for a “balanced blend with almond notes”. And forget beans sitting in hoppers. If you look closely, Derek has replaced coffee beans with muesli from local supplier Goodies and Grains, available on demand for a delicious breakfast option. The refrigerator and cupboards are also stocked with tasty options, all handmade off site by Blend in Catering’s Traci Aitken. Derek recommends the handmade bagels, and the Reuben with slices of pastrami.

“We’ve only just started but I’m so excited about what we’ve achieve and what’s to come,” Derek says. “My intuition was right. As long as we continue to provide great customer service and a consistent product, the Adelaide regulars will come. In fact, they already are.”

Bar 9 Outreach

Bar 9 Specialty Coffee and St Vincent de Paul Society have joined forces to establish a new social enterprise café – with a difference.

“I was looking for a way to expand upon Bar 9’s mission statement of ‘enabling life’s best work through to the community’ when an opportunity to work with St Vincent de Paul opened up,” Bar 9 Founder Ian Callahan says. “Bar 9 has supported the organisation through various events such as the Vinnies CEO Sleep Out, but this time we have a chance to make a permanent difference for some of the community’s less fortunate.”

Bar 9 Outreach officially opened to the public on 13 April. It is located in an old building at 34 Whitemore Square in Adelaide, formerly the home of the renowned Iliad Greek restaurant. For the past 12 years, however, St Vincent de Paul Society owned and maintained the space, using it as a dining room to prepare and serve meals to the homeless community. During the day, the building remained vacant.

It’s taken months of renovations to breathe life back into the old building and transform it into a specialty coffee retreat, but thanks to the generosity of supporters, the doors to Bar 9 Outreach are open.

To bring the café to life, Five Senses has helped fitout the coffee operations with the instalment of a Synesso Hydra espresso machine, and Mazzer Robur Kold, Nuova Simonelli Mythos One and Mahlkonig EK43 grinders. A new Marco Sp9 coffee brewer is serving filter coffee, with the addition of a 9 Strietman Espresso ES2 wall-mounted lever espresso machine.

Ian says establishing this social enterprise was about much more than just a café serving some of the best coffee in the area. “I really want to convince people that social enterprises can be great for business,” he says. “I want others to realise they can make a valuable impact on people who have simply made one wrong decision in their lives. Give people a chance.”

Bar 9 Outreach has taken a three-tiered approach to ensure it sustains longevity and value. The rent of the building has become a new revenue stream for St Vincent de Paul, which can distribute directly to projects of its choosing. The Bar 9 kitchen is helping prepare a lot of the food that goes towards feeding people from the St Vincent de Paul shelter each evening, located just a few doors away from the new Outreach venue. 
Ian says most importantly, the new Outreach site will house a training program for a select group from the St Vincent de Paul shelter.

“The idea behind the training program is to up-skill and build confidence to participants through hospitality, coffee training, and baking skills. The end goal would be for those participants to find permanent or part time employment, and potentially to help them open their own business one day, even if it’s not hospitality related,” he says.

Most of all, Ian says he’s looking forward to seeing quantifiable changes in the lives of those who need it most: “Hopefully, we can enact some real, significant, and long-lasting social change.”

The Lab Food and Coffee

For anyone with severe caffeine cravings, Adelaide’s The Lab Food and Coffee is ready with your prescription.

In fact, this exciting new take on the Adelaide café scene provides its cures in an array of delightful shapes and sizes.

From smooth lattes served in beakers to refreshing home made cold drip arriving in flasks, this new coffee hub is as much an experience as it is a café. The cure is served with a friendly smile and baristas ready to educate on quality coffee.

Medical equipment adorns the café shelves with old medicine bottles and anatomy dictionaries providing a unique medical-themed fusion.

The Lab is the brainchild of Australian Medical Placements Director, Jodi Duyster, who manages the upstairs medical placements company, and the building’s owner, David Tonellato.

According to Café Manager Amy Limmer, Jodi saw a lack of support for coffee in the area, and has since transcended her love of medicine and science into a coffee lab – with a few twists. It’s only been open eight weeks, but Amy says locals have been very receptive.

“I’ve worked in hospitality for 10 years and I’m a massive foodie at heart, so I was very excited to come on board to manage The Lab,” she says.

A Mocopan Coffee custom blend slides through the Nuova Simonelli machine, providing a crisp finish.

“It’s beautiful, rich and a little bitter which complements the sweet tones. It’s a drink customers come back for every day,” Amy says. “Adelaide’s coffee scene now rivals anywhere in Australia, so we know we need to stay ahead of the game, and Mocopan is they key for us. They’ve provided us with quality training and show us how to prepare beautiful brews.”

Visitors who can’t get enough of The Lab’s coffee can now treat themselves with bags of Mocopan Coffee’s custom blend available at the counter. Nearby businesses can also order lunch box orders with tasty menu treats.
Resident Chef Yani Theodoros serves a seasonal and rotating menu with fresh produce.

Highlight items include grilled sweetcorn fritters, blueberry hotcakes served with flowers, and drizzled with maple syrup. Then there’s The Lab’s famous burgers. The first bite of either the Wagyu beef or chicken schnitzel burgers is necessary to understand why they are so popular. 

As for Amy, her love simply revolves around coffee.

“There’s something satisfying about perfecting each cup,” she says. “I love that feeling of watching a customer taking a first sip of coffee, it gives me goosebumps.”

Image: Adelaide Food Central

Adventurous Spoon

Just like naming a new baby, café owners Sam Everett, his fiance, Stephanie Dening, and Stephanie’s sister Lashay Semple, had the tough job of selecting a café name that was not only catchy and fun, but hadn’t been taken.

“We went through many different names – some we all liked and others we couldn’t agree on – but each had already been used. Then we came up with Adventurous Spoon – no one else in Australia has this name,” Sam says. “About 500 different souvenir spoons sit proudly beside our coffees. Customers also get involved and drop off spoons they’ve collected from their travels.”

Adventurous Spoon was a new addition to Robe in September 2015.

A metallic bronze La Marzocco Linea serves Campos Coffee’s Dark City Blend, a rich, bold and smooth blend with hints of chocolate.

Sam, a former coffee trainer, says he is thrilled to introduce the dark roast and the Campos Coffee name to his Robe customers.

“I choose all my suppliers for their quality produce and service. We’re the only ones to serve Campos on this side of Adelaide. Not only does Campos have great coffee but their service is impressive. I called Campos’s Matt [Dessaix] on a Tuesday and he drove three hours from Adelaide to Robe to visit us the next day. He went above and beyond his call of duty. That’s when I knew we were in good hands,” Sam says.

Adventurous Spoon attracts tourists, lots of generation Y and baby boomers, but it also has a strong local following. The café’s 900-square-metre venue is spacious and open, with an outdoor seating for cutstomers to bathe in the sunshine.

“We want our customers to feel comfortable and have fun when they visit Adventurous Spoon, and most of all enjoy our hospitality. I’ve done all the hospitality roles from front to back of house, and I can happily say I enjoy every aspect of this industry. But I do believe service is the most important thing,” Sam says. “It’s hard to find good service, especially in country areas, so it’s one thing we pride ourselves on.”

As well as their strong customer focus, Sam says the Adventurous Spoon team likes to do things “a little bit differently”.

That includes serving coffee-inspired treats such as nutella lattes and coffee cocktails, and an eclectic menu of Asian and Italian fusion dishes. When it comes to popular dishes, Head Chef Sean Emery’s creation is a standout: a slow-cooked pork belly served with a Vietnamese salad.

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