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    Best Coffee in Adelaide

    Im off to the fair city of Adelaide next week and would love some recommendations for a great cup of coffee in the Adelaide CBD. Saw some interesting places last time I was there a few months back but didnt have time to pop in for a cup. But this time itll be different. Also I tried to get a decent cup of coffee in Marion Shoppingtown last time, but was sorely disappointed. :(

    Any tips would be great 8-)

    Thanks, Belinda

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    I save my caffeine quota for practicing at home :) so I dont go to cafes often.
    But recently I noticed ristretto on the menu at Cibos in Burnside SC and tried it.
    Pretty good. Took the trouble to hand it to me straight off the machine rather than
    send it to the service point as is usual. So try Cibo in the CBD -- Rundle Mall,
    Rundle St East End etc. They seem to be trying.

    There is a small coffee bar in *Adelaide Arcade. Cant remember the name,
    but it was good two yrs ago when last tried.

    Lucias in the central market is an institution and can serve wonderful coffee,
    but they need to be trained in what you like, else will serve to standard
    Adelaide taste. Try asking for Italian style latte to get it done properly.
    Breakfast there is excellent esp Thurs morning.

    Avoid Marion SC. Absolutely.

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    Re: Best Coffee in Adelaide

    If you get down to Glenelg try Europa. Jetty Road right down the west end near the jetty.

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    In the CBD, Cibo outlets are usually the best. Theyre about the only places Id spend my own money on coffee. Grenfell Street /King William Street corner; Rundle Mall; Rundle St/Frome St Corner; Gouger St.

    There are a couple of Illy bars too - Grenfell St/Gawler Place; Rundle St.

    The one in Adelaide Arcade (Ciao) - tried that about a year ago and it was pretty average.

    If you get out east (Fullarton Rd - about 5 mins from CBD) try Urban Bistro. They (like Cibo) use Rio coffee and the baristas are well trained - of the 50 or so coffees Ive had there, only 2 were sub-standard (which, to me, is less than a 9/10 rating).

    Lucias - Ive never tried it, but its an Adelaide institution. I nearly bought some of their beans last Friday, just out of interest. IIRC Lucias has been there for about 30+ years. Great food too.

    Generally the "coffee bars" in Adelaide serve what I would call rubbish - cheap beans (whoever offers a free machine), burnt coffee, burnt milk. Adelaideans seem to like "hot" coffee - so hot you have to let it cool for 5 mins before you drink it. The Italian style (such as that served at Cibo) is 65 degrees - I think. Thats how it is in Melbourne, or so Im told!

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    Re: Best Coffee in Adelaide

    Thanks Haz, Tiger and David. Shall try the listed cafes when Im in town and down at the bay.

    Will report back too 8-)

    Belinda

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    Well, still in Adelaide and was extremely surprised to find a great coffee in Marion Shopping Centre ;D To be found at Delishes opposite Amart Allsports level 1 at the Kmart end. Flat white is very nice tasting, using Rio Coffee, very choclatey. This was a pleasant surprise to say the least!

    Also tried Europa in Glenelg and found it to be quite good with latte art to boot! Would definitely go back.

    Yet to go into the CBD.

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    Apologies for the slow uptake on this topic, but its taken me a while to get registered. Must admit to never having found anything good in Marion Westfield, but will definitely try Europa.

    Cibo is getting to the size where Im sure they are having difficulties getting decent staff, because the coffee is more variable these days. Anything from very good (recently Frome St & the airport) to OK (the last time I was at King Wm city).

    I have steered clear of Illy on principle, but my partner says that the best cafe coffee that she has had was from the Illy on King Wm Hyde Park.

    Doubleshot in Wyatt St off Grenfell in the CBD can do great coffee. Run as a practical training espresso outlet by the SA Amanti rep who does the Noarlunga TAFE training courses. Staff arent there for too long and the quality of the coffee is very dependent on where on the learning curve your barista of the day is. Sometimes the best in Adelaide, sometimes not.

    If you have time then try and get out to Rundle St Kent Town and Simply Coffee. Free espressos and a chat with Pete. His roaster is out front too.

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    Black_Dog, Id tend to agree with you about Cibo. I used to get a Cibo coffee about 2-3 times a week but then stopped as the quality became a bit too variable. If Im paying for coffee I expect 10/10 every time (when its on the expense account, thats a different story!)

    Ill give Simply Coffee a go. Im in the market for a new machine too (well, perhaps) and am looking for a second supplier - I wasnt quite convinced when Rio did their best to talk me out of a plumbed-in model.

    If youre ever going past the Vic Park race course, call into Urban Bistro and have a coffee - theyve been conssitently the best Ive had, but Im not a true coffee connoisseur.

    Dave.

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    Id also add the Grind in Waymouth Street is worth a look. Nice and close to my hotel too!!

    The owner seems to have recently changed over from Illy to Rio and I was pretty happy with both the ristretto and cappuccino I got from him yesterday. Im going back this morning to have a Frappe, it seems the owners are Greek, and after the talk elsewhere in the forum about proper Frappes Im interested to see what Ill get!


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    Just got back from a long weekend away in the Barossa. *Always a lovely place to visit and a welcoming hospitality industry. *

    Separation from my Rancilio Silvia made it important to find a place which made a good espresso. *I could not help but notice so many cafes advertising the wonders of their award-winning Barista (who never seemed to be there). *However, after visits to various cafes, the only place that stood out was the Lord Lyndoch along the main street in Lyndoch. *It was helped by the fact that you will be served by the host, Leanne who does not ever seem to go home. *

    Attention to microfoam and latte art seems to suggest they care about what they do. *I think I will also give their Amanti beans a go (I understand that Doubleshot in the Adelaide CBD is the local retailer).

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    In my limited experience and from what Ive heard previously, Cibo on the corner of Frome and Rundle St are consistently pretty good. Ive also enjoyed Simply Coffee if you can handle a short walk through the parklands (~10 minute walk from Cibo) and you have a lot of variety there.

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    Id agree with Greg, especially re SC for both coffee and beans.

    Ive come across a few of these Amanti places recently, I think
    theyre spreading. Chatted with the barista at one of them, she
    seemed impressed with the training they get. From the results,
    Id say that there is a certain level of training that gets staff to
    a point of reasonable competence and some consistency, but
    nothing spectacular. This is a good thing for finding a coffee in
    a strange place, especially country towns, but not for seeking
    excellence. Also thought the blend a bit lacking in character.
    Dont want to sound too negative though -- theyre certainly raising
    the bar over much of what is around.

    If I was looking for beans in Adelaide, Id look first at the local
    roasters such as SC, Rios and the Coffee Barun (see link at the
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    Sorry to bump an old thread, but a client that I do some work for has an office on Rundle St. On the corner of Rundle St and I think Ebenezer St/Place, theres a place called Felicis..

    Great coffee

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    Dont be sorry - it reminded me to say that Delishes is now terrible (circa march 2009).

    Simply Coffee in Kent Town gives you the option of semi-skimmed jersey cream milk or semi-ski.....you get my drift. Frustrating and annoying when the owner/bar staff lorded it over a friend who wanted a skim coffee, and was told that "the reduced fat stuff is the best milk around and why would you want skim in your coffee?" (paraphrased, fairly passive-aggressive) while the coffee was unbalanced due to the extreme levels of tasty cream and what my wife and I call the taste hole created by reduced fat milk. Seating on high bar stools at small tables (about half of the seating) was uncomfortable and the initial good impressions (wide selection of beans, clean, roaster on full display (toper?), good range of accessories and cups) on closer inspection looked like a downmarket version of most of the sponsors (eg. nastier cups, preponderence of stovetops & low-end brands).

    Bar 9 has just opened and is getting good reviews - would be worth checking out - as (obviously) is The Coffee Barun!

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    I find Cibo coffee is surprisingly good. I pass through the airport nearly every day of the week and often pick up one from there.

    Nice tasting beans but sometimes the kids serving will offer up a cup best described as lukewarm.


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    Had a nice latte at Cibo on rundle st the other day. Great baristas! I had one that came out luke warm, asked for another (happy to pay for it!) and they offered it free.. Great service

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    Cibo has always had a reputation for being borderline lukewarm and the company line was this is the temperature milk coffee should be served at...but frequently they are a bit too lukewarm and combined with the Adelaide attitude that coffee should be so hot that you cant drink it for 10 minutes, so it feels like it lasts longer it can make a lot of people unhappy.

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    Re: Best Coffee in Adelaide

    Howdy neighbouring croweaters... ;)

    Im off to visit the outlaws is S.A. next week, they live in the Largs/Semaphore area (near the port). Ive had a look thru some threads and most "best coffee" is located in the cbd or out Glenelg. Does anyone know if there is somewhere a little more local to where Ill be staying?
    Minister for Law and Finance & Domestic affairs scoffed when I mentioned packing up the Rancilio combo for the trip :(

    Id rather drink Westend Draught than Interational Toast!! :D ;D

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    I dont go to Semaphore but Im told it has a good cafe scene on the main strip. I would hope that at least one of the joints are serious about their coffee but couldnt say with any certainty. At least there will be a few places within walking distance which you could suck and see.

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    Thanks CJ :)

    Looks like Ill do the suck and see and hopefully have some sort of idea for anyone else headed down that way, also for my own interest for the next visit.

    ;)

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    Good luck mate and let us know if you come across any gems.

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    In semaphore there is a place about halfway down semaphore rd on the right hand side if you are looking at the ocean - Whipped Bake Bar Cafe. Pretty sure theyve got a yellow La Marzocco and the coffee and food was good when I was down there.
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    Cheers CJ...Will do.

    Were in Semaphore thurs night so ill be on the look out thanks doug.
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    My current fave is definately Kicco on Pirie. I drink a double shot esspresso with a little hot water and the baristas here nail it every time.
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    I've got to go for work this week, anyone got current reccomendations in CBD, I'm staying at the Crown Plaza.

    Thanks in advance

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    Best in Adelaide is Fiefy's!
    Fiefys Specialty Cafe - 45 Pirie St, Adelaide City.

    Right in the city too.
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    What Andy said about the *best*.

    In addition, I have been pleasantly surprised by excellent coffee in a couple of different cafés recently.

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    I had to travel to Adelaide for work two weeks ago.
    Managed to get to Fiefy's before work on the Friday morning. Had flat whites made with two different blends. Both were great.
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    Here is my list if anyone is interested.

    In no order of preference at all

    Kicco Coffee - 100 Pirie St, Adelaide
    Sad Cafe - Shop 4, 10 Ebenezer Place (just off Rundle Street)
    Viva Espresso - 70 Pirie St, Adelaide
    Fiefy's - 45 Pirie St, Adelaide
    Fairtrade Espresso - 20 James Place, Adelaide
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    I got a nice long strong macchiato, albeit not quite hot enough, at an Italian-named place just over the road from the Chinatown arcade. They also did fisherman's platter for 2 for $40... Food looked good... I think it was something like Passatempe or similar.

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    Digging up an Old thread. If in need of good coffee and freshly roasted beans...... Can't go wrong with Simply Coffee Kent Town. The owner is fastidious with his roasting and has excellent selection

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    Heading to Adelaide for SA/WA regional comps weekend Feb 26-28th--checking out Fiefy's and Bar 9, any other good cafes for us to visit? Staying in CBD☺☺

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    Velo which is in the old grandstand of the Victoria Park racecourse across the eastern parkland. Great coffee and if your into cycling there are a number of famous riders bikes adorning the walls. Cafe is owned by Stuart O"Grady of cycling fame.
    Veneziano in Melbourne street always has a good drop on offer. Bar 9 is my pick of the lot.
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    Should also check out Exchange at Ebenezer Place has been my go to in Adelaide
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    Also Coffee Branch on Leigh St just off Hindley St is well worth it in the city.
    Just East is Red Berry Esspresso, also worth a look if you are not just on foot.
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    Pure - Jetty road Glenlg
    C.R.E.A.M - jetty road brighton (coffee rules everything around me)
    Kicco - Pirie st, city

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Best in Adelaide is Fiefy's!
    Fiefys Specialty Cafe - 45 Pirie St, Adelaide City.

    Right in the city too.
    I will be heading to Adelaide on Sunday, will have to check that place out.

    Anybody aware of any cafes that have a lever machine in use? Still chasing down an espresso from one.

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    I had a double ristretto at Fiefy's cafe this morning from the barista blend. Was very very nice and recommend to try without milk.

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    Great to hear. Yes, Barista is great straight up, Organic works best in milk.
    Which cafe was it?
    Fiefy and Tim just opened a second cafe at 50 Flinders St, a couple of blocks from the original Pirie St.one.
    Now you have two great places to choose from

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Great to hear. Yes, Barista is great straight up, Organic works best in milk.
    Which cafe was it?
    Fiefy and Tim just opened a second cafe at 50 Flinders St, a couple of blocks from the original Pirie St.one.
    Now you have two great places to choose from
    It was the cafe on Pirie street, Fiefy told me about the new one this morning so I will definitely check it out tomorrow!

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    Any updates for 2017? I'm headed to Adelaide for a few days later this week, staying in Unley but also looking for options in the city and elsewhere. Many thanks in advance!

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    Elementary located in Young St in the city is worth a look, their roasts are decent plus and very consistent. They take their time and certainly show a love of coffee.

    Also, if up for a drive on a Sunday, then check out Dawn Patrol Coffee at Kangarilla - the guys are true coffee geeks and the scenic drive makes it all the more worth while.
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    Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to test those locations (we had a 2-year-old weighing us down), although I was pleasantly surprised with the fare on offer. Using Bean Hunter for advice I was directed to A Mother's Milk just down from where we were staying in Unley and the flat whites we had were great, although both for me were a bit on the cool side. Nice vibe and decent food offerings there as well.

    I also tried Nutrition Republic on the other side of Unley again on the advice of Bean Hunter. They had a policy of double-ristrettos only in all coffees - not something I totally agree with but I appreciate their "store policy" on the issue in the interests of their brand/quality - I didn't get the chance to pay too much attention to the quality of my 3/4 latte as it was an on-the-run effort, but it seemed like a nice setting in a pretty posh high-street location.

    We were also impressed with what was on offer in a shopping centre (Castle Plaza if I remember correctly) cafe/food outlet. Our expectations were low and a subsequent visit later on confirmed our concerns (due to inconsistency with different staff i.e. coffee barely tamped and flowing out of the handle like a fire hose) but the first experience was good quality flat whites.

    The reason for our trip is a potential interstate move and whilst our visit was far from relaxed I am confident that a decent coffee shouldn't be too hard to find.
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    Visited Adelaide last year for the Barista Regional competition, loved the city and discovered some great food and coffee. Bar 9 have several excellent outlets, Fiefys Specialty in the CBD well worth a visit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenman View Post
    ...Fiefys Specialty in the CBD well worth a visit...
    I agree.

    We went to Fiefy's on Pirie St last Friday morning at about 7am... great espresso, great food (you really have to try the vegemite toasties) then we swung by Fiefy's on Flinders and grabbed some banana bread and take-away cold drip from Tim for the road trip ahead. Hot or cold, you just can't go wrong at those two cafes in the CBD.

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    So I ended up in Adelaide again for a quick overnight visit and I couldn't ignore a recommendation from the chief-snob! Dropped into Fiefy's on Pirie St (which to be honest looked like a pretty nondescript setup from the street) and had a quality flat white. Also had a good breakfast & brew to start the day at Peter Rabbit on Hindley Street - looks like a pretty nice place to sit in the afternoon sun with some beers but I was there the wrong time of day!

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    Bar9 on the way out to the hills is good. Probably my best out of Adelaide in my short visit last year. Glen osmond rd? Is that a place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortblackman View Post
    Bar9 on the way out to the hills is good. Probably my best out of Adelaide in my short visit last year. Glen osmond rd? Is that a place?
    Bar 9 is now on Whitmore Square in the city. Has much more room to sit and relax compared to their old Glen Osmond Rd location.
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    C.R.E.A.M in Brighton. Our new favorite. Can get really busy in their but the guys on the machine are pulling consistent gold and they've got a really nice menu. Plus, if you get takeaway you're about 2min from beautiful beachfront!

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    I was working in the big smoke for the past 2 days ... normally in Kent Town!

    Anyway day 1: Fiefy's - 45 Pirie St, Adelaide. As good as I remember it.
    Today day 2: Viva Espresso - 70 Pirie St, Adelaide. Very impressed. I had a flat white and found that the coffee really cut through the milk which isn't particularly common with takeaway coffee.

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