Food and coffee seekers once had little reason to stop on King William Street in Kent Town. Then pizza and wine bar Pan & Vine and cafe Rustic Gourmet opened on the ground floor of the Verde apartment building last year. Now a new coffee shop, Octeine, has moved into a warehouse across the road.
Owner Pete Mann, a former teacher, spent 2018 bouncing between De Groot Coffee Co at Port Elliott and Seafaring Fools at Glenelg South, where he learned coffee roasting and making, respectively. He was soon roasting his own coffee under the Octeine label, and supplying acai bar Bomdia Bowls at Glenelg.
Fleurieu Milk is the standard, but he has at least two variations of every milk alternative (including Happy Happy Soy Boy). There’s also cold-pressed juice from Juice Institute.
The small and simple menu includes acai bowls, granola, and Abbots & Kinney sourdough toast loaded with smashed avocado, crumbed fetta, chilli and dukkah; tomato, cream cheese, basil and balsamic; and peanut butter with banana and honey or strawberry jam. Plus health-conscious sweets from Protein Balls ADL and Raw Bliss and not-so-health-conscious pastries from Abbots and Kinney and Portuguese tarts from Saudade.
Importantly, this establishment is doggo-friendly. They're allowed anywhere.