Love in a cup
Whenever we visit a region or town, at some point we need to stop, sit down, and eat and drink something just to keep us going.
But lets face it, we do not do all of this just to sustain life, but indeed to enjoy the moment – the experience of having just a little of what the locals of that particular spot enjoy a lot.
Here in Mount Gambier we are no different to anyone else and given that we are South Australia’s second largest city – we do it a lot – eat and drink I mean!
Barring one or two small exceptions, all the cafes and restaurants can be found on one street and it is called “Commercial Street”.
Venues like Sorrentos, Metro Café, The Whistling Cat, Vanilla Bean, Wild Ginger, Moulten, The G, Jens, Yoes … and so on, all go to form the Café, Wining and Dining hub of this city.
Given the close proximity to one another, the competition for the consumer’s dollar is full-on so feel free to experiment.
Needless to say for everyone to survive, everyone tries to have their point of difference.
- Different styles of food
- Different ambience
- Different levels of service (Casual to Silver Service)
- And different coffee blends / flavours
Now in some cases these come from either Adelaide or Melbourne – or even further away.
But then we have our own local coffee bean roaster – “Mahalia”. Just about all the taste variations you could ever want can be found here.
In this blog, I want to concentrate on this one brand as it is “our coffee”. As a consumer you can either purchase the coffee beans to use at home, or as a cup of coffee made by a barista in a café right here in Mount Gambier.
Mahalia make a variety of different flavous and styles and can be listed as:
- High Mountain Organic
A medium roast of Fair Trade Arabica beans from the highlands of Asia. Offering the sweet aroma of ripe stone fruits and malt plus the enticing flavours of dark chocolate and treacle, it possesses a smooth lingering finish with a hint of caramelised butter.
- Smooth and Aromatic
A medium roast of five single origins combined to make our most awarded blend. Characteristically spicy – with the warmth of clove and coriander seeds. This complex coffee brings full-bodied flavour with hints of toasted almonds and coco dust. A favourite of cafes here.
- Café Crema
Their lightest roast, with beans from the Central Americas. With aromatic notes of candied peel and amaretto biscuits – an enchanting play of oranges and rich toffee flavour. Full bodied like sticky wine – this is a refined coffee.
- European Dark Roast
A strong blend styled in the Mediterranean tradition, giving a bouquet of cranberries, coffee blossom and dark cocoa. With a melding of peppery Shiraz, plum and chocolate flavours, this dark roast has delicate acidity with a long, rounded finish. Perfect for a short black.
Dark roasted Arabica beans selected for their sweet full flavour. Mahalia’s desire to retain that flavour leads them to use raw coffee beans processed with the 100% chemical free Swiss Water Method™. With the integrity of the origin and the craft of their roaster, you would never know it was missing its caffeine.
- Ethiopian Yirgacheffe
An outstanding Fair Trade – single origin – bean from the birthplace of coffee; a lighter roast. Boasting aromas of blueberries and raspberries plus flavours of sweet chocolate and finished with candied orange. All this hidden character is best revealed by espresso.
- Indonesian Sumatra Gayo
From the coffee growing region Aceh Tengah on the northern tip of Sumatra, this medium roasted Fair Trade Organic coffee brings the fragrance of grated chocolate, fruity shiraz and hints of sandalwood. A delightfully rich single origin, coffee.
- East Timor Maubisse
A medium to dark roast – Fair Trade organic – sourced from the Cooperative Café Timor. Aromatic notes of vanilla bean and blackberries plus flavours of toffee, caramel and sweet chocolate, and finished with a magnificent velvet crema. Full bodied with a lingering clean finish.