Specialty coffee & tea, good food and a cosy atmosphere
It seems that organic and fair trade products are taking over in South Australia and it's filtering out to cafés, bars and restaurants all across the state. Thankfully, this trend in serving quality products is not just restricted to the city and inner suburb hubs. In a small country town, approximately an hour north of the CBD, an equally petite café has opened up, serving the locals and passers-by alike with fair trade coffee, tea, soft drinks and wholesome home-made food.
Bar 41 opened in September 2012 and is slowly but surely building a reputation of good food and great coffee in, and around Williamstown. Open Thursday – Monday, between 8am and 4pm, owner Alba serves an array of gourmet breakfast and lunch meals, a selection of sweet treats, a variety of potted tea and cold drinks, plus gourmet coffee in true barista style.
I spotted this café on my way into Williamstown from Yettie Road. The bright purple and green signs on the corner grab your attention and the mention of coffee and good food is always a winner.
Walking into the little dining area, there are only a handful of tables and one long beautifully crafted timber bench and pews. The simplistic décor complements the simple, yet refined menu, consisting of hand-made toasted rolls, baguettes and bagels, with a variety of fillings, homemade spinach and filo pastries, quiche and salad and "nonna's eggplant lasagne".
Bar 41 serves Honduras Cocafcal coffee and Tielka Fairtrade tea. Prices are reasonable considering Fairtrade and organic stamps and the service is friendly and welcoming, like a country café should be.
If you're a local that's yet to check this place out, or if you happen to be in the area, perhaps visiting the whispering wall, or passing through on your way to or from the Barossa, pop in and say hi to Alba, grab a coffee and a quick bite and support a small business paying it forward by supporting the global fairtrade movement.