Details, Espresso Style:
2 L’Estrange St, Glenside South Australia
Mon - Fri 7am to 4pm
Sat & Sun 7am to 12noon
Specialised single origins roasted on-site
The daily baked muffins and fresh banana cake
Price of coffee:
Espresso: $3.00 / Latte: $3.50
If you’re a regular rider in the Adelaide Hills and surrounds (or if you hit that area each year during Tour Down Under time) chances are you’re familiar with Red Berry Espresso Coffee Roastery.
Referring to the coffee berries in their natural state on the tree, Red Berry Espresso is where caffeine lovers flock, knowing Walter and his ‘bunch’ will look after them.
A few years ago, Walter realised two things in life:
He was tired of his business management career and was in need of better work/life balance.
The only way he was going to get a good coffee every day was if he went out and made it. From scratch (and that included roasting the beans).
So in 2011 Red Berry Espresso opened not just as a café, but as an on-site single-origin rostery as well. High quality (Specialised) beans are sourced from all over the world and are roasted in boutique batches, meaning Walter can control his craft to deliver nuanced and varied coffees every day.
There are many reasons Walter prefers to roast one coffee origin at a time, but the moment he likened coffee to wine, we were all ears.
“It’s a bit like, say, a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Barossa Valley versus a Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra. Same grape; but entirely different tasting wines. It’s no different in the coffee bean world. I love the particular distinction that comes with each origin roast,” said Walter.
This is a man passionate about the bean; it’s not unusual to find Walter and his regulars chatting about today’s coffee and how it differed from yesterday’s (Red Berry runs two different coffees every day – one for espressos and the other for milk based). In fact, his number one tip is to think about the cup you’re drinking.
“Most people don’t do that. But if you stop and really take in what you are drinking, you begin to notice so much about it! You can really taste the difference in our coffees every day,” he said.
But it’s not just about the bean; it’s also about the bike.
Walter is an avid cyclist and thanks to the better work/life balance that Red Berry brings, he can jump on his Casati and knock out 150km – 200km each week. He’s a big fan of supporting local events like the annual Dirty Dozen and often gives away Red Berry kits and/or serves cold drip coffee at grassroots big participation rides. In Walter’s words; whatever he can do to participate.
It’s no wonder cyclists roll religiously into Red Berry for such a quality coffee hit.
BikeExchange friend Rachel Neylan is a big fan of Red Berry – thanks for the tip, Rach!