Where to Find the Best Coffee in the Riverland

Want to know where to find the best coffee in the Riverland? Better read on and head to these places next when you need a caffeine hit or a cosy hug in a mug!

There’s something special to me about a good coffee. The warmth it creates when I cup the mug, raise it to my mouth, breathe in the rich earthly aroma and take my first sip to catch the smooth taste of a perfect crema.

My love for the liquid gold started some years ago when I was working in the Mid North of SA. Today I drink it more for pleasure and comfort rather than a stimulant to shake off Grumpy Lauren in the a.m.

I don’t know what took me into the Clare Bakery on that fateful day for probably what was my first latte, taken with 1 sugar back then. All I know is that in the chill of the Clare Valley morning and facing the lonely nature of my work for the day, a lasting bond begun and coffee became my good friend.

So good that I would fondly refer to coffee as a Hug in a Mug

Maybe it was the time alone that sent me a bit cooky, but in times of beige, my brain will seek out excitement wherever it can. And excitement for me was getting a cup of coffee, hanging out in the bookshop or going to boxing class. Yep, I was a real scream back in those days.

Our relationship, coffee and me that is, was not always as smooth as an Italian espresso after lunch and I have been burnt by many a scorching hot coffee. You must always check your temps peeps. I love my coffee strong and all too often I am presented with scorching hot milk and left wondering why the coffee didn’t show up to our date.

So to aid you in avoiding a coffee that resembles a warm cup of watery yuck, here is where a self confessed coffee snob finds her perfect cup in the Riverland

:: Viewpoint Café – Waikerie – it’s the strongest in the Riverland because they make it standard with 60mls of coffee…..yeeeeh boi!

:: Caudo VineyardHogwash Bend – strong coffee that couldn’t be enjoyed closer to the Murray River even if you tried!

:: Backyard BreadBarmera – yes you do need one of those homemade slices to go with your coffee

:: River Jacks Cafe – Berri – smiley, warm, welcoming……and yes I’m talking about the staff as well as the coffee

:: Sprouts Café – Berri – consistency is what coffee snobs crave and Sprouts deliver every time

:: Evolve on TerraceLoxton – it’s just too dam nice in here not to grab a coffee and browse the store

:: Country BakehouseLoxton – dash and grab, if you’re on the road to somewhere important (as most coffee drinkers are), this is your place.

:: Arrosto CoffeeRenmark – Watch this space! Something exciting is happening at the old Firehouse in Renmark!

:: McDonald’sRenmark –  I’m so sorry I have to list Maccy D’s but they are so dam consistent!

:: Smokehouse CafeRenmark – cute, has a bit of quirk

My final tip – get yourself a KeepCup or five and use these religiously. Disposable coffee cups cause some serious waste so do yourself and the planet a favour and stop using them!

Now go out and find the best coffee in the Riverland and never be disappointed by a crappy cup of coffee again!

Happy Procaffinating!

L.

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  1. Hi Lauren, just stumble across your blog via SBB’s facebook page. Your blog is a great idea to get more people to visit SA! I’m in Adelaide and very clearly feel I need to get to visit my own backyard; the Riverland! Keep up the great work xx

    1. Thank you! I’m really glad you like it and feel inspired to explore our region! Only 3 hours from Adelaide-makes a perfect weekend getaway! I’m hoping as continue my journey, the blog will become quite a handy resource for people to browse through and add things to the “to do” list while in the Riverland. Let me know if you do visit, be happy to give you some more insider tips!

  2. Hi Lauren, just stumble across your blog via SBB’s facebook page. Your blog is a great idea to get more people to visit SA! I’m in Adelaide and very clearly feel I need to get to visit my own backyard; the Riverland! Keep up the great work xx

    1. Thank you! I’m really glad you like it and feel inspired to explore our region! Only 3 hours from Adelaide-makes a perfect weekend getaway! I’m hoping as continue my journey, the blog will become quite a handy resource for people to browse through and add things to the “to do” list while in the Riverland. Let me know if you do visit, be happy to give you some more insider tips!

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