Heading for the Hills, the coast, or even wine country? Here’s where to caffeinate when you get there.
This purpose-built timber-frame shed in Kangarilla could be your mate’s back porch. But venture inside and you’ll find a state-of-the-art coffee-roasting operation that’s turning out some of the best ethically traded coffee in the country. Dawn Patrol is a collaboration between former SAD Cafe owner Dom Ossa and barista Nick Suggit. Here, taste coffee like you’d taste wine – a handful of fresh roasts are always available for side-to-side comparisons. When you’re done, slump into a worn-in lounge and hope a small dog nuzzles in next to you. The catch: it’s only open on Sundays.
65 Days Road, Kangarilla
You’ll find Dal Mare plonked right in the heart of wine country – on Main Road in McLaren Vale. It’s the perfect pre-wine-tasting pit stop. The tiny corrugated-iron shed is a boutique roastery during the week, but opens as a brew bar – serving coffee, and savoury and sweet bagels – on weekends. Owner Tyrone Curruthers has a simple ethos: traceable beans and a good, honest roast. Pull up a hessian-covered stool and enjoy a cup of the good stuff. If it leaves you feeling energised, there’s a colourful fleet of bicycles available for hire. Curruthers says the Vale is a great place to explore on two wheels.
189 Main Road, McLaren Vale
Sat & Sun 8am–2pm
“Coffee-tasting” is gaining traction. Just ask Kostas Trakas. He modelled his Hahndorf cafe – Caffiend – on the cellar doors dotted about the surrounding Adelaide Hills wine region. How? One of its signature offerings is a coffee-tasting board showcasing the current single origin, served three ways: espresso, milk coffee and manual brew. Trakas also pours a seasonal blend that’s roasted in-house using a seven-kilogram Diedrich coffee roaster (nicknamed Marlene). With white tiles and sky-blue and timber detailing, the vibe is notably contemporary compared with the proudly old-fashioned town outside the door.
1/76 Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf
Mon to Fri 8am–4pm
If anyone knows the Barossa Valley, it’s second-generation Whistler winemaker Josh Pfeiffer. Where’s his go-to for a morning pick-me-up? Darling’s Cafe. It’s “the best coffee in the valley”, he told Broadsheet last year. The quaint, family-run cafe on Murray Street in Tanunda ties together two generations of the Trotta family. Coffee comes from one of the state’s best roasters – The Coffee Barun, in Sefton Park. The menu, on the other hand, is as Barossa-centric as possible. One last tip from Pfeiffer: “The muffins are off the hook, so make sure you get in early while they are still warm from the oven.”
3/56 Murray Street, Tanunda
Mon to Fri 6am–3pm
Sat & Sun 6am–12pm
After humble (and mobile) beginnings in the coffee biz, the owners of De Groot Coffee Co – Trevor and Bernie DeGroot – relocated to Port Elliott in 2013. They were lured by the sun, surf and (presumably) bakery. It’s a quintessentially Australian trifecta that, at least in part, is likely to lure most of us seaside this summer. The De Groots supply fair trade, organic and high-end micro-lot coffee to venues all over the city. But if you’re on the south coast, why not go straight to the source. Wrap your hands around a fresh brew before or after a dip. It’s only a few kilometres from the shore.
Shed 5, Factory 9, Corner Hill Street and Waterport Road, Port Elliot
This article first appeared on Broadsheet on December 17, 2018. Some details may have changed since publication.