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Published August 10th 2015
A coffee shop built on community within suburbia
Hopes and Beans is a fantastic name for a new cafe venture. Starting off a new business is not easy these days, so you put in sweat and tears and build your dream and hope it all works out. And indeed it seems to be all working out just fine here at this little cafe situated on busy Payneham Road, Evandale. The cafe is housed in a row of about four old shopfronts which have probably been there for a hundred years. The trend of painting everything grey at present makes the room feel a little dull and dark, however the retro furniture and mismatched chairs suit the place.
Jamie- head barista at hopes and beans making a soy latte to go. Image from facebook.com/hopes and beans.
A selection of menu items from the cafe including a chai latte, gluten free toast with strawberries and some biscuit selections which sell quickly. Image copyright to the writer.
Proprietor Amy Kane opened the cafe in April 2015. Her gentle nature and previous employment as a disability case worker has given her some compassion for those less fortunate, who find it difficult to find work. Many disabled people are employed here. You need to make allowances here if things are not just the way you expect it to be. You can't come to this cafe with high expectations, or complain too much as people are doing their best. However if you are in a hurry I suggest you express this to the manager on duty. Perhaps some quality control is needed.
Jamie ( left) and owner Amy ( right) from hopes and bean cafe . Image by Out and About.
When I asked why she decided on this location, Amy said "well there is nothing like this around here". And this is true. The closest cafes are at Marden and St Peters shopping centres, at far ends of the road. Hopes and Beans is in the middle of this main thoroughfare and right in suburbia, making local residents their main clientele. Locals stroll from home and meet for a coffee, or take a break from busy domesticity.
The cafe has quickly established a following on social media, keeping their Facebook page up to date with latest news and promotion. They often have functions or art gallery events. The team are animal issue focused and sometimes do a special fundraising day for animal charities. This philosophy extends to the vegetarian menu which is always changing with the seasons. There is a specials board with snack options.
Retro furniture for a bigger group in the cafe. Image copyright to this writer.
The coffee is supplied by local suppliers of ethical based sourced coffee and the vegan cakes and baked goods are supplied by top Adelaide's bakeries. While Hopes and Beans may not be everyone's cup of tea, the coffee is good and the staff are friendly albeit very slow. This is a community based cafe where everyone is fairly laid back. The locals seem to like it, and a good crowd kept rolling in on the Saturday I was there. I would go back given what I now know about the nature of business and what they are aiming to achieve.