Let’s face it, for a while there, the specialty coffee scene in Adelaide was less than rad. It’s not that I dislike Adelaide as a city, the place certainly has a lot going for it. As far as the food and wine culture is concerned you’d be hard picked to find a better place to visit for a boozy vineyard lunch, and the bustling indie music scene is rapidly giving the city a fresh makeover too. However, look back only a couple of years ago and I could count the number of specialty coffee café’s on one hand.
These days it’s a different story. Adeladians have embraced caffeinated culture with open arms and there’s a steady stream of new spaces opening that take their craft seriously. Tom Roden’s Exchange Specialty Coffee is one of the best.
The scene is set by a beautiful, leafy laneway with a polished and honest fitout. Espresso coffee is by Market Lane and made lovingly on the Synesso and Mazzer hardware. I took this photoset a little while back and the house blend has since been updated to the new Seasonal Espresso Blend. This time around Market Lane have gone (almost in equal parts) with a pulped natural Brazilian bourbon mixed with a couple of washed Bolivians. I’m yet to try this particular blend, but I will say one thing, Tom and the team at Exchange do a fantastic job of creating a very similar cup experience to that which you get at Market Lane in Melbourne and in my book that’s a good thing. Filter is also a focus at Exchange, with the guys and girls brewing up a rotating range of beans via Aeropress.
For the foodies amongst you, there’s a well-balanced brunch menu on offer with most of your favourites (sans-eggs), yet almost every dish has been given a little twist to keep you guessing on the flavour front. This is followed up by a banging sambo menu after 11:00am (try the Reuben). Oh, be sure to keep an eye out on instagram for fresh drops of Square Peg Doughnuts too.
Exchange Specialty Coffee, keep doing what you’re doing. You’re rad.
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Exchange Specialty Coffee
Shops 1 & 2
12 – 18 Vardon Avenue
Adelaide, South Australia, 5000