Image by Sweet Lime Photo
by Jacqueline Alanne and Laura Mappas
Freshly brewed coffee, is there anything better? Adelaide’s laneways, arcades and city streets are bustling with quirky coffee shops and talented baristas who know their stuff – you just need to know where to find them! We’re here to show you around some of our fave coffee spots and to introduce you to the men and women in the driver’s seat. Pull up a chair…
A friendly little hole in the wall café off Rundle Street, Penny University is an institution. From their infamous raw snickers slice to flavour-filled salads and mega rolls, Penny has all your bases covered.
Owner Foti spends most of his time glued to the coffee machine pumping out coffees for Adelaide’s East End working crowd and swarms of students. Coffee-making is in his genes, and he had his first go at frothing milk with his dad as a kid, making “big frothy hot chocolates”. His coffee love continued, and these days he’s serving up short blacks, customer service and all-round appeal to Adelaide’s social set.
Visit Foti and the team at 1 Union St, Adelaide
The open-plan, warehouse-style layout of this city coffee spot is relaxed and inviting. A wholesaler, retail store and coffee shop all rolled into one, Elementary is a favourite among in-the-know coffee goers. There’s also a designated roasting area, with beans sourced from the world’s finest growing regions.
Barista Jackson welcomes customers with a bright smile. His reputation precedes him – he’s worked the coffee machine at a few other local city haunts, eventually finding his way to Elementary servicing the coffee lovers of the West End. “I learnt on the job,” he says of his superior coffee-making skills, and in a nod to his background among the city’s cafe set. His take on the latest coffee trends hitting the streets? “Almond milk is on the rise, it’s probably ordered as much as soy these days.”
Visit Jackson and the team at 9-17 Young St, Adelaide
Also known around the University of Adelaide campus as ‘that cute coffee guy’, Frankie keeps Law and Arts students from falling asleep with his marquee next to Bonython Hall. Rain, hail or shine, Frankie is there to offer a smile and a delicious brew. The idea came to fruition when the now coffee connoisseur was studying at Adelaide Uni – “I always thought the coffee scene on campus needed improving, so I pitched a semi-permanent arrangement to the University. We began in October 2015 and have been here every semester since!”
Sourcing his beans from local roasters Cirelli, Frankie says his strangest requests include a mix of coconut and almond milk in a chai. Crazy kids!
Visit Frankie and the team at University of Adelaide North Terrace campus, next to Bonython Hall
This health conscious cafe in the heart of Goodwood is a local fave. Family-owned and operated, Nutrition Republic’s love of real, whole, unprocessed food is obvious – a quick scan of their predominantly plant-based menu is evidence of this. But a chat to the talented man behind the hand-built Slayer Espresso coffee machine also hints at a killer coffee.
“I’ve honed my skills at Nutrition Republic,” says Matt. Their standard shot is a double ristretto, so strong coffee is clearly on offer, but what are their other trademark drops? “Turmeric lattes are a big trend, and we offer both almond and rice milks.”
Visit Matt and the team at 1/100 King William Road, Goodwood
With an on-site coffee roastery, My Kingdom For A Horse is a great spot if you’re after seasonal specialty-grade beans and full-bodied flavour. These guys also explore alternative brewing techniques, such as pour-over coffee, and sell DIY equipment for coffee connoisseurs.
Barista Amy is the go-to coffee expert – originally from the Riverland, she made the move to the big smoke to work under some talented baristas. “I’ve always liked the focus on details when competing in coffee,” she says. Her coffee of choice? “I’m into pour-over coffee, and I really like African beans at the moment!”
As far as coffee trends go, Amy says there’s been a return to black coffee – “you can taste the beans and identify flavour profiles with black coffee,” she says.
Visit Amy and the team at 191-195 Wright St, Adelaide