Adelaide freelance writer and photographer.
Published January 30th 2015
As a product of generation Y, I'll be the first to admit that we are often too spoilt for choice. The mentality of becoming a jack of all trades and a master of none, creates a generation of individuals whom understand a little of a lot rather than specialising in one thing. Hence it's refreshing to find an establishment where extensive knowledge and raw passion combine to deliver a product of superior quality. In this case I'm ecstatic that the product is coffee, provided to us by the specialist baristas at Bar 9.
With an ambiguous entry on Glen Osmond Rd, you could be excused in mistaking Bar 9 for some sort of warehouse. A "minimal is more" theme is created by the outside of the building and this, whether intentional or not, instantly sparks the curiosity of the customer. Hesitant at first, I was greeted quickly by staff whom had a professional and efficient attitude, setting up the pretense that because they are serious about their customers they must be about their coffee.
The atmosphere, guided by large amounts of natural light and upbeat music, was both inviting and relaxing. Nothing about the setup was mainstream; instead an air of quirkiness was evident with the haphazard decor and mixture of different sized tables, wooden seats and leather couches. Bar 9 is as a place for everyone, not matter who you are or what your style. The added bonus of being varied in its setup is that it functions as a place for a large group meet up (aka brunch with the girls), a business meeting or as a spot to nestle in without being disturbed.
Bar 9 serves single origin and two types of blended coffee; I went with the black label blend for my skim cappuccino. Since I always consume my coffee with milk, single origin is not my cup of "tea". Single origin implies that the beans are collected from farms within the same geographical region and is suppose to create a purer and finer tasting coffee; therefore mixing it with milk destroys this idea. Blending coffee beans, in my opinion, creates a more complex tasting and well rounded coffee with less of an intense bitter taste.
My cappuccino arrived very quickly and beautifully present; of course they don't mess around. It was exactly the right temperature and the aroma was slightly intense, begging me to sip. The coffee tasted rich and smooth with minimal bitterness, though advertised as having hints of spice, I didn't get this myself, I did however, pick up the slight nuttiness and amazing well rounded after taste. The coffee was absolutely delicious.
The only thing standard about the coffee was the price. $3.80 is usual here in Adelaide, but it has the added bonus of being one of the best coffees I have tasted so far. Almond milk is only $1.00 which is a fair price.
Bar9 call themselves a specialist coffee boutique and for me, it certainly lived up to its name. Luckily I live not too far; I think may have found myself a local.