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 and 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 a takeaway latte with 1 sugar, but 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,
the human my brain will seek out excitement wherever it can. Excitement like the sudden surprise when a Port Pirie barista knew my order by heart after only visiting once before-a week prior!
Our relationship, coffee and me that is, was not always as smooth as an Italian espresso after lunch and I have been burnt (cue pun bell) by many
useless baristas. I love my coffee strong and I now have the correct tools and ordering techniques to make sure my Hug in a Mug doesn’t turn me into a Thug with a Mug. Or a disappointed girl with a cup of hot milk.
So how can you be a coffee snob like me?
:: Get your own KeepCup so that you can confuse baristas everywhere on how to put the lid back on the cup and what size coffee to charge you for.
:: Label your KeepCup with what size it is so that when you forget your script for ordering, they might not charge you for a medium latte because the small KeepCup looks more like a medium sized disposable cup.
:: Provide adequate description of what you want. Eg “Can I have a small takeaway latte with a single shot and only half full with milk” never ask for a half latte- they will assume you want half a shot of coffee (who has half a shot, seriously) and hand you a cup of hot milk.
:: Order a double shot latte. This is usually my go to order if I don’t have my teeny tiny extra small KeepCup and only have my small sized cup.
It’s amazing how many baristas will ask if I am sure that I want a double shot of coffee, some have even advised me that it might be pretty strong……well duh that’s the point.
It has taken many disappointments to perfect my fine art of coffee ordering.
So where do you find the best coffee in the Riverland? Try these…
Viewpoint Café – Waikerie
Caudo Vineyard– Hogwash Bend
Backyard Bread – Barmera
Sprouts Café – Berri
River Jacks Cafe – Berri
Country Bakehouse -Loxton
Paringa Bakery– Paringa
Arrosto Coffee- Local outlets, Riverland Farmer’s Markets and their mobile coffee tent!
McDonald’s – Renmark. I’m really terribly sorry, but they are so dam consistent!