As far as first ventures into café ownership go, Tom McNeil and Nick Wood have done a stellar job with Fix Specialty Coffee in Adelaide’s leafy suburb of College Park. The guys are pretty new to the coffee scene but that hasn’t stopped them from creating a cool little community-focused coffee shop and pumping out a great product. What’s even more impressive is how quickly the whole project came together – just two weeks to build the entire space.
Adelaide now supplies it’s locals with some quality beans from a number of Melbourne roasters. Exchange is dosing out Market Lane, Mondays has your Small Batch needs catered for, Tell Henry is rocking Industry Beans and Please Say Please is your go-to for Proud Mary’s finest. That’s a pretty big line up to compete with.
Wanting to offer the market something different, Nick and Tom hit up the fine lads from Wide Open Road Coffee Roasters for their beans. They’re doing a cracking job of extracting them too, the Shady Lane blend I had was on point. Ballsy chocolate notes and full of attitude – exactly what this specific roast was designed for.
The new venture has not been without its tribulations for Tom and Nick. Just a couple of weeks ago Fix’s bean stock was running dangerously low for the weekend stint (every café owner’s worst nightmare). Undeterred and determined to offer a consistent product rather than source from a different roaster, a plan was hatched. One last minute overnight (read: hung-over) flight to Melbourne and a suitcase of Shady later, the boys were back in the game by morning. It may sound a little lax, but that’s exactly the kind of passion for product that specialty coffee built its origins on. I dig it. Needless to say, the day I stopped by things were looking pretty dialled behind the bar.
There’s a distinctly ‘local’ feel in the space, which suits the residential location perfectly. The light food menu has enough to keep you going too, however the coffee is what this place is really about.
Fix Specialty Coffee – an honest addition to Adelaide’s growing scene.
Fix Specialty Coffee
Location: Google Maps Link
27 Torrens St, College Park, Adelaide
South Australia, 5069
Monday – Friday 7:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday 8:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday 8:00am – 2:00pm