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Published November 10th 2012
Java Lifestyle Coffee and Tea recently celebrated its first birthday – and it nearly broke my heart.
Yes, it is wonderful to see a local business thriving and reaching such a milestone, but as I have only been getting my caffeine fix there for a little over eight months it of course means I had been missing out on the best coffee for, well… far too long.
A range of coffee varietals is always on hand to give you a tasty caffeine fix.
Having previously travelled through the espresso-originating Italy, my compliment in week one to the barista that "this is the best coffee I have ever tasted" was certainly not to be taken lightly. Since my proclamation, my love for Java has not wavered.
If coffee shops had maître d's, then owner Mario Gabrielli was born for the role. Six days a week he can be found roasting coffee beans onsite - often before the sun has even had a chance to get its caffeine hit.
The trademark smile from owner, coffee roaster, coffee maker and maître d - Mario.
As you get to know Mario you soon learn that much of his team are family members (or soon-to-be, in the case of one). But nepotism has no place here. Each and every member of the Java family has the same customer-focus as Mario. Maybe it is a family trait.
The family environment extends right through to the customers, with Mario greeting regulars by name and with his trademark smile. And once the coffee is consumed the customers return the courtesy when they leave, smiling as they proclaim "Ciao Mario" with promises to repeat the ritual the following day.
While coffee is what I can praise them for firsthand, true to their name, Java offers a range of 40 teas from around the world. Like their coffee, they can be enjoyed onsite or to take home – to be shared with your own family.
A range of teas and coffees are available for you to take home and share with your family.
But it's not just the coffee prepared daily, it's the cakes too. You know they are fresh when you see the tray of warm zeppole (Italian doughnuts) arriving every morning. They may not be prepared onsite, but when you see the smiling local who makes them especially for Mario's extended customer-family you certainly wouldn't want it any other way. I haven't asked yet, but she is probably family too.
Fresh Zeppole is delivered fresh daily by a lovely local.
As a regular you begin to notice those who also share your appreciation of a perfect coffee. While a group of middle aged men who frequent for a chinwag and espresso would ordinarily catch your eye, such a scene at Java is all too common in what seems like Adelaide's own Little Italy.
It doesn't take many coffees before Mario and the team makes you feel like a regular.
So if you enjoy a perfectly blended coffee, friendly service and are not one to be dissuaded by a shopping centre location then it's time to join the Java family – and be sure to do it before their next birthday.