The first, like its predecessor, will be housed within a bar – Hindley Street’s soon-to-open Stem. From 7am each weekday, Mornings, which operates independently, will pump out its signature double-shot coffee, supplied by Plympton Park roasters Sublime. Uraidla Bakery pastries and toast will be available until 11.30am, after which Stem’s lunch trade begins. But the Mornings crew will stay on to keep customers caffeinated well into the arvo.
Owner Jason Barber says setting up shop in evening venues is beneficial to everyone involved; it keeps nightspots trading outside their usual service hours while allowing him to bypass the sometimes grinding search for a new site. It follows the Mornings Coffee mission of “utilising small spaces that are usually dormant”, plus, says Barber, they’re already a great platform from which to trade.
The third cafe will bring an entirely new concept to the Mornings brand. The hole-in-the-wall joint will be on the ramp leading up to North Terrace in the Adelaide Railway Station. Barber wants to service the sizeable foot-traffic that passes through the busy thoroughfare with a different kind of food offering.
Adopting a Japanese convenience store vibe, Barber describes the train station cafe as “built for speed”, and will dish out pre-made sandos and onigiri (Japanese rice balls). It’s also the first wholesale account for Hindley Street dessert shop Mr Cheese, which will supply two types of tart: baked egg and baked cheese.
Barber also has plans to install a specialised vending machine, which will stock the cafe's full food menu plus Pocky sticks, Japanese sports drink Pocari Sweat and stationary. It’ll be available to customers whenever the train station is open (even if the cafe is closed).
He’s also increasing production of his house-made almond milk, which has gathered a cult-like following at the OG Peel Street location. The recipe, which Barber has tinkered with for a year or so, consists of all natural ingredients – chiefly almonds, dates, salt and water, all of which he gets locally – and contains no preservatives or additives. The almond milk will be available at all three Mornings locations.
The Stem outpost will open on August 27, in line with the bar and restaurant’s official opening. To celebrate, it’ll serve $2 coffees all day from 7am. The train station site will open early September, alongside several other new tenants as part of Renewal SA’s Adelaide Railway Station redevelopment.