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 Vineyard – Hogwash Bend – strong coffee that couldn’t be enjoyed closer to the Murray River even if you tried!
:: Backyard Bread – Barmera – 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 Terrace – Loxton – it’s just too dam nice in here not to grab a coffee and browse the store
:: Country Bakehouse –Loxton – dash and grab, if you’re on the road to somewhere important (as most coffee drinkers are), this is your place.
:: Arrosto Coffee – Renmark – Watch this space! Something exciting is happening at the old Firehouse in Renmark!
:: McDonald’s – Renmark – I’m so sorry I have to list Maccy D’s but they are so dam consistent!
:: Smokehouse Cafe – Renmark – 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!