Ben Rosenthal is a freelance writer and coffee fanatic. His hobbies include coffee, comics and writing about himself in the third person.
You can read more of his words at benjum.com
Published August 11th 2015
Cafes one stumble upon are the BEST cafes
Uh oh - we're becoming more like Melbourne!
Driving down a side street in Norwood I came across a place which looks to be an old cottage/warehouse. The packed front porch area full of people sipping away on coffee and eating lunch got my coffee-sense tingling - an out of the way cafe in Adelaide?
Parking behind a deep blue fence (it is their parking area, don't worry, didn't park on someone's property), I ventured in. An industrial meets vintage fit out met me, along with a "How ya going, mate" from the barista behind the coffee machine.
After a quick chat, the barista, Gabby (who is also one of the owners), told me to take a seat and she would make me my coffee - a piccolo and an espresso.
The waiter explained to me as he placed my coffees on the table that they use a local roaster by the name of Goat Candy. It is a medium to light roast, highlighting the more acidic and therefore sweeter notes of the three beans in the bend. And boy did it do that!
The piccolo coffee was rich and smooth with a pleasant lingering after taste that had me wanting more. None of this mouth full of ash that we still get far too often in Adelaide cafes. The short black was syrupy and sweet, and again had a great rounded finish and after taste.
As I left I was asked how my coffee was by Gabby, which I replied "fantastic". My response was met with a great big smile - an easy tell that an individual is proud and passionate about their work. I told them I would see them again soon - which they most certainly will!