Coffee Reviews: Edition #3

Hi there! I’m Tanya… your resident Verse Foodie. Given we’ve just got back into the swing of things for 2015, I thought it would be handy to share my favourite places to get your much needed daily caffeine hit in the city.

Please Say Please

This coffee shop is my Adelaide favourite. Using Proud Mary beans and always offering a range of kicking filters – they know how to make the perfect coffee. Every cup of caffeine goodness I have had here has been amazing, from the robust and complex single origins to the smooth, creamy Angel Wings Blend cappuccinos. There are bonus points for these legendary baristas because their flat whites are always, and I mean always, flat. Food-wise they have a small range of breakfast-brunch type items, but it’s in small display cabinet of pastry temptations where the real magic lies. Crafted by the baking genius that is Alex Crawford, you must have one of the weekly changing macarons… Honestly, they are the best in Adelaide!

For their epic coffee, friendly service, and magic macarons, Please Say Please gets 5/5 stars.


Bar 9 Central

Tucked away in the David Jones building, many people miss this inner city diamond when grabbing their daily caffeine hit. As the sister of the coffee/brunch institution that is Bar 9 Parkside – these guys know their stuff.  A solid range of single origins, a no-fail but ever-changing barista’s blend, and some stunning coffee art, make this one awesome place to waste (or productively study) away some hours. They also do delicious food (the mushroom dishes deserve a special mention) and for the non-coffee drinkers, a great range of unique, multiple infusion teas. The staff here are super friendly and cool and always willing to chat about the coffees on offer.

For solid, consistent, and beautiful coffees, Bar 9 Central gets 4/5 stars.


La Moka

The super up-and-coming Peel Street is where La Moka, an Italian inspired café and bar, is located. Serving breakfast, lunch and small plates in the evenings, this place has a warm, modern feel that is somewhere between a hip local café and your best friend’s Nonna’s house. The coffee here is always robust, full of flavour and crafted with skill, and there are some pretty unique renditions (the espresso shaken with ice is a must try in my books). The cocktail list is full of tempting delights and the zeppole are some of the best in town. Close to the City West Campus, the coffee here is worth a little walk for.

For classic Italian café vibes, some must-try food and, strong robust caffeine goodness, La Moka gets 3.5/5 stars!

Words by Tanya Mackay

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