It isn’t always possible to have a wine or beer in hand. So, if your other ‘vice’ is coffee, check out some of our recommendations for the best coffee spots in McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula.
TO PERK UP // Dawn Patrol Coffee
Dawn Patrol Coffee was established in Kangarilla in 2014 to share a passion for specialty coffee. Based in the centre of the McLaren Vale wine region, their roastery offers a cellar door approach to coffee, in the scenic setting of the vineyards.
Their coffee aims for 100% traceability, which means they want to know exactly where their beans come from and who grows them. They seek to only buy, roast and deliver exceptional, delicious coffees sourced from some of the best coffee growers in the world, who strive to produce their coffee beans ethically and sustainably.
Open Sundays // 9.30am – 4pm
TO PERK UP // Goodness Coffee.
These new kids on the block have got the coffee game sorted. On entering the stone building, you can’t help but divert your eyes to the wooden boards covering the floor pit and reminisce of this buildings original use. This is where for many a year local identity ‘Mr Crisp’ fixed our family cars – he was the friendliest grease monkey around and resided and lived on site right into his 80’s.
Goodness Coffee. have kept the heritage feel and decorated simply but tastefully. The lounge and bar area are complete with the coffee roasting machine, a pleasant sitting area out the front and a small alfresco garden out the back. Bike racks and water for dogs included.
Coffee including Cold brew is their main game, with just a few treats so not to lose focus on this art.
Make it a must during your next visit down south.
TO PERK UP // Home Grain Bakery
This bakery is getting their coffee right. Their beautiful purple coffee machine or trendy ‘keep cups’ definitely helps with the coffee takeaway experience, however the blends offered from our local roaster Villere Coffee is where the goodness starts.
Each barista on the machine are trained and practiced at this art so you find yourself bee lining to one of the four Home Grain bakeries for something other than a donut. Be sure to give one a try, their reputation rivals most coffee shop chains.
> Aldinga, McLaren Flat, Mt Compass & Morphett Vale
TO PERK UP // Kicco Coffee
Be sure to kick start your day at Kicco Coffee, McLaren Vale. Paola our Colombian hostess oozes passion for her coffee and like all boutique roasters understands that coffee is an experience and a ritual not just a drink.
Kicco Coffee is so good because each part of the process gets their care and attention. From plantation, right through to the cup. For them it’s not about formulas, figures or focus groups – it’s about the experience. The experience of great coffee.
At Kicco, the process begins with the selection of superior beans from premium estates, but the real magic happens in the roast. Their beans are carefully handpicked and roasted locally in small batches. This special treatment is what makes Kicco Coffee consistent, fresh and full of flavour.
Over the years Kicco have perfected the art of coffee with a selection of much-loved signature blends and specialty coffee.
Allow Paola and her staff to share the espresso love affair with you.
130 Main Road, McLaren Vale
> Open 7 days , 6am – 5pm
TO PERK UP // The Golden Fleece
Who doesn’t want to sip coffee or enjoy a hearty breakfast or lunch when the Golden Fleece’s only rules are ‘take a load off, wear what you like, enjoy yourself and feel the love’.
Situated on the sunny side of Willunga High Street, with plenty of outside dining in the fine weather – you can stroll in on foot, cycle in or ride your horse. Kids and families alike are welcome… and the coffee is great! Everybody is happy.
> 30 High Street, Willunga